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From the Field: On Farm Market Season Opening Weekend at the Ecosystem Farm

I am extremely excited about this weekend! Tomorrow (aka: Saturday) will be the season opening of our on farm market, and I can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor. Ecosystem Farm manager, Holli Elliott, with the help of volunteer farmhands and staff, has been working diligently to provide fresh, organic produce for the public to enjoy. The Accokeek Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm welcomes anyone to visit, creating a thriving engaged community that is passionate about food. Returning for its second season, the Ecosystem Farm Market will be open from 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday throughout the growing season. The farm market accepts all forms of payment including credit card and now SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. The farmers do encourage shoppers to bring reusable shopping bags to make carrying all of that fresh produce home easier.

So, without further ado, I present this week’s fresh picked from the farm list…

Cherry Belle Radish Hakuri Salad Turnips Large Beetroots Bok Choi Napa Cabbage Chard Kale (Lacinato and Curly) Collards Carrots Salad Mix Garlic Scapes Chocolate Mint Lemon Balm Egyptian Walking Onions

Prices range from $1-$4 per bunch–why not come support local organic farming when it’s probably a lot cheaper than your grocery store?! Also much tastier :).

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Never tried or maybe even heard of chard? Well if you’ve been feeling a little down recently maybe it can help! Chard is full of magnesium, which can help those with a magnesium deficiency that can be a cause of clinical depression.

Chard can be prepared much like you would spinach–sauteed, steamed, baked–the possibilities are endless. For a quick and easy dinner idea using chard, check out this tasty dish I found on Food.com.