Through the Soil to Sanctuary Market, we partner with congregations to bring miniature farmer’s markets to churches on days that they worship or gather.  Having Black farmers and food business owners selling their items at Houses of Worship provides a mutually beneficial opportunity for growers/producers to tap into a niche’ market and for congregants and neighbors to have greater access to nutrient-rich food.

Join us on the Market Tour through the eyes of our Events Team Intern, Brahein, as he recaps the Markets this Fall! For more information, email events@blackchurchfsn.net.

 

Our next Soil to Sanctuary Market is on Sunday, October 8, 2022 at Allen AME in Baltimore, Maryland!

 

 

 

 

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August 20, 2022: New Psalmist Baptist Church – Baltimore, Maryland

WATCH THE RECAP HIGHLIGHT VIDEO HERE

On New Psalmist’s beautiful campus space, we were setting ourselves up for what to me was an unforgettable day. In the shining sun, we had such a variety of vendors participating: savory barbecue, baked goods from cornbread to cupcakes, specialty teas, shaved ice, clothing, jewelry, and skin care and beauty products, all by Black owned businesses! Our Black farmers had such an assortment of produce too: seeded watermelons, cantaloupe, apples, sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, okra, squash, cucumbers, greens, herbs like basil and fennel, and the list goes on! We could have had a whole feast just off of that! It was a time for community, I enjoyed being able to hand out brochures and talk to people about BCFSN’s mission and our current direction. I saw people laugh, smile, and greet and hug an unexpected familiar face they hadn’t seen in a long time and that was such a highlight for me. We sang songs from Yolanda Adams to Kirk Franklin and danced to songs from the Wobble to Jerusalema. I learned how to make peach salsa from a cooking demo and I even learned tips for growing onions and beans indoors. I had some wonderful refreshing strawberry tea, shoutout to Sweet tea & Cornbread, and fell in love with some wonderful handmade jewelry made by youth with Beadly Speaking. I arrived tired, but left feeling fulfilled and energized.

by Brahein Richardson, BCFSN Events Intern

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September 18, 2022: New Psalmist Baptist Church – Baltimore, Maryland

I woke up tired, but in the end I was definitely happy and fulfilled to be a part of another Soil to Sanctuary at New Psalmist Baptist Church. I had an amazing time just seeing the culture, the food, and the experience. It was an unforgettable day especially since it was a special Homecoming service. I didn’t expect there to be such a variety of carnival rides, and there were so many businesses, all Black owned! There was a funnel cake vendor, a fish fry vendor, and of course some of my favorite BCFSN vendors. I love tea and  Muddy Tea’s drinks were so sweet and refreshing. Vegan Juiceology’s food completely shocked me. I don’t have the greatest memories of vegan food, but the vegan chicken tenders I got were amazing and tasted exactly like real chicken, I almost couldn’t believe it. We sang some classic old school Yolanda Adams and danced to the cha cha slide and Beyoncé. Mindful cooking with Jaree of the Afya Counseling & Wellness Services, really showed me how important the relationship we have with our food affects our wellbeing. And at the same time she made some savory peach salsa with the produce straight from the market! Our Black farmers came from two southern states, Larry Holmes of Taters-N-Greens from Virginia and from North Carolina, Reverend Joyner of Conetoe Family Life Center and Kelton Moore of Moore’s Produce & Family Farm. The peach plums I got were the sweetest I’ve ever had, and it sounds funny but I had never seen a yellow watermelon before. I am excited to see Black churches in conversation with Black farmers, and I am overjoyed and looking forward to seeing where Soil to Sanctuary is going with churches hosting their own markets in the future.

by Brahein Richardson, BCFSN Events Intern

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 Travel with us this Fall & Winter. Upcoming Market dates below: