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Canning and Preserving

Rent the SFC Kitchen for Canning & Preserving

Yes, you can! When summer gardens really start producing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the abundance. Once you’ve given away all the tomatoes, squash and cucumbers your friends and neighbors will take, it’s time to think about pickling and canning! If your kitchen’s small or you don’t relish the thought of working alone, consider renting out the expansive SFC teaching kitchen for a day of group preserving. You provide the jars, food, and people, and we’ll provide the pots, the stove, and the space, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long.

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Tecolote Farm

Join Us at This Year’s FARFA Conference

Interested in the laws and regulations that govern our food supply? Want to connect with others passionate about our food system and get tools you need to make a difference in the coming year? You won’t want to miss this year’s Food and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) Conference in Bastrop September 15-16. Conference highlights include Keynote speaker Jim Hightower; experts on food safety laws, food labels, GMOs, urban farming, raw milk, water policy, the next Texas legislative session; and panel discussions on hot topics such as Who Controls Our Farm and Food?; and the Impact of Ag Policy on Future of Young Farmers; and Race, Economics, and Food. In addition to all this great information, you’ll be well-fed: a locally-sourced lunch on both days will be provided by Eden East and Hillside Farmacy Chef Sonya Cote. Early bird pricing before August 1st.

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Make Panzanella Salad

Some of the world's best recipes were born from frugality--a need to stretch ingredients or use up odds and ends (think bread pudding, fried rice, and stuffed cabbage). Got a half loaf of slightly stale bread? That's not filler for the compost bin, that's the start of a hearty main-dish salad! We'll be serving up samples of the classic tomato-based Panzanella at the Taste the Place tent at SFC Farmers' Market Downtown and Sunset Valley this Saturday, so come on to try it and grab ingredients to make your own--you might also enjoy this twist on the original from Fresh Seasonal Recipes--our cookbook from The Happy Kitchen, with nutrition info and meal planning tools including cost per serving. That's frugal and delicious!

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Citizen Gardener Classes start in September!
Check out the full lineup here, as well as more info on film screenings and leadership trainings for food growers.

Dine for SFC!
Special menus at Arro, Easy Tiger & 24 Diner benefitting SFC in July — Click here for more info »

The Mamma Jamma Ride is fast approaching!
This annual bike ride, on September 27, 2014, raises much needed funds for our agency and 9 other local non-profits dedicated to helping Central Texans coping with breast cancer. Learn more at and please JOIN US for this year’s Ride.

Help Build a Healthy Community
Community Programs Coordinator position available with GO! Austin/VAMOS! Austin (GAVA). More info here »

Food Swap!
SFC is thrilled to be hosting the ATX Swappers again this summer on Monday, July 28th! Hip Girl author Kate Payne and local food blogger Megan Myers invite you to bring your best handmade food items to trade with other home cooks and bakers. Read about how it works and register here »

Best of Austin
If you love SFC Farmers’ Markets, our farmers would love to have your vote for Best Farmers’ Market in the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Of Austin” Poll. Click here and scroll down to “shopping” »

Come party with CultureMap to benefit SFC!
Drinks from El Jimador, bites from La Condesa and a great time at The Market from 6-8pm on July 22nd. More information and tickets here »

Farmshare Austin’s holding a Farm Raiser on July 18th!
Dancing, live music, and BBQ to support the next generation of local farmers. More info and tickets here »

Calling all food bloggers!
Tickets on sale now for Byte of Texas (Sept 27-28), a two-day conference presented by the Austin Food Bloggers Association and dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and further developing the rich food history of Texas. Click here for more info & tickets »





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