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SFC Teaching Garden

Scarecrows (and Squirrels, and Deer, and Armadillos)

When the cat's away . . . the birds, squirrels, deer and armadillos will wreak havoc on your carefully-tended garden. Unfortunately, wildlife finds juicy summer fruit as enticing as we do, and there's no simple way to keep animals from sharing in your bounty. There are a few tricks that might help to make sure there's a little left for the humans, though. Read on for our tips, and let us know in the blog comments if you have any to share!

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Market Shopper

What's In Your Bag, Dahlia?

We're there for the food, for sure, but almost just as motivating in getting us out of bed on Saturday morning is the opportunity to catch up with our friends! We were so happy to run into dedicated and always-smiling long-time SFC volunteer Dahlia Ture. With her bag full of blowsy flowering onions and her hands full of juicy, sweet blackberries, we had to know what she had cooking! Her plans included a rustic blackberry galette, a spring potato salad with Dai Due mustard and thinly sliced fennel, and a cucumber salad with the onion flowers. Dahlia had her eye on fragrant, ripe Lightsey peaches too, but she didn't think they would make it as far as a recipe.



Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Your mother wasn't wrong. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! With breakfast, we get our metabolisms going and set the foundation for what and how we eat the rest of the day. Skip it, and we're prone to blood sugar crashes and poor meal choices. Tight schedules and busy mornings make convenience foods appealing, but if you think ahead just a bit, you can make your own grab-and-go breakfast. Planning is the key to healthy, sustainable eating, the secret defense against all things processed and packaged. Here's one of our favorite recipes for starting the day off right--homemade granola. Just pair with plain yogurt and seasonal fruit, and your day's off to a bright start!

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Come grow with us!
Exciting career opportunities at SFC: Development Director, Farmers’ Market Operations Manager, and Farm Direct Projects Manager. Click here for more info »

Volunteer positions open at Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board
Click here and scroll to the bottom to apply »

Have a bright smile & love local food?
Lightsey Farms is looking for a salesperson for SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown. Interested candidates contact Mary Lightsey (254-747-0353).

Need kitchen space?
SFC Farmers’ Market vendors Eden's Cove Farm has a commercial kitchen for rent! Click here for details and more info »

Are you ready for your closeup?
ABC will be in Austin June 28th to cast professional chefs and talented home cooks for Season 3 of The Taste! If you feel like you’ve got the right stuff, click here for more details »

Peach pie on a stick . . . How fun is that!?
Kids join us in the L’il Sprouts tent Saturday at SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown for delicious, hands-on fun.

Cooking with Pasta & Co. at SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley
Saturday, June 14th. Stop by the Taste Tent to try paparadelle with tomato-basil-peach salsa fresca!

Come get your hands dirty!
We’ve got open volunteer hours in the teaching garden this summer—help out, make new friends, and learn a little something in the process. Tuesdays and Fridays 7-10 am through August. Contact Ellen Orabone »

Want to help Sustainable Food Center and offset your carbon footprint at the same time?
Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched The Reliant EcoShareSM, a program that allows Reliant customers to support EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations and help reduce the customers’ carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. Click here for more info »

Upcoming SFC Volunteer Orientation
At Sustainable Food Center, June 17. RSVP is required. Click here for more info »





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