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Cucumber Salad

Grow and Eat Cucumbers!

As we head into the heat of August in Austin, the saying “cool as a cucumber” takes on a whole new meaning in the garden. Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), part of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes melons and squashes, are a refreshing vegetable to grow in the summer as they contain over 95% water. They originate from Asia, likely from India, and they have been cultivated for over 3,000 years. In fact, the legend of King Gilgamesh references the tasty vegetable around 2500 BC in the Middle East! Cucumbers eventually made their way into gardens in Europe and were referred to as...




Cool Market Inspiration

Don’t lose your cool! Our farmers are out harvesting the best defense against steamy afternoons: crisp cucumbers and juicy melons. In dire straits, you can add a little salt and eat them straight from the fridge, but once you’ve had time to recover, you might want to get a little more creative! Check out our Pinterest boards Cool Cucumbers and Melon Miscellany for some seriously cool inspiration.


Market Bike

Why We Ride

As we gear up for another Mamma Jamma Ride on Sept 27, 2014, we wanted to share why it’s so important to us to partner with this amazing organization. The ride raises much needed funds for our agency and nine other local non-profits dedicated to helping Central Texans coping with breast cancer. Our share of the proceeds allows us to offer a cooking and nutrition curriculum designed just for those dealing with this disease. Cancer can ravage the body, and sometimes treatment can be even harder than the disease itself. As patients and survivors get used to the new normal, rebuilding the physical self with nutritious foods is essential. The SFC Cooking After Cancer class offers simple and key tips to help rebuild the body and control inflammation...



The Renewable Roundup
The Renewable Roundup is right around the corner & volunteers are needed! Volunteer for half a day and get a full 3 day pass. Click here for more info »

Stretch Recipes
Stretch Recipes is on a mission to help everyone eat better & save on groceries. Click here to read more and support their campaign!

SFC Farmers’ Markets are top of the list!
Check us out on Do512. There’s not a better time to support our local growers—come see us at a market this weekend.

Movie time!
Join the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup on Sunday, August 17th from 2 4 p.m. for Movie Time! Food Forests 101 in the A/C (!!) at the SFC Headquarters. Click here for more info »

Check out The Happy Kitchen’s Joy Casnovsky over on Lista
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at what keeps her motivated! Click here »

Let's talk about cooking!
Come join our Facebook group SFC The Happy Kitchen Happy Cooks ‐ a place to share recipes, tips, kitchen stories, and cooking ideas with each other.

Are you a food genius?
Show your stuff and compete August 17th in Slow Food Austin’s food-focused, pub-style, Grub Trivia! For more details, click here »

Farm and Food Leadership Conference
Presented by Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance and Council for Healthy Food Systems. This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food. Sept 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Click here for more info »

Edible Austin Chef Auction
On Thursday, Oct 9 enjoy fabulous food while doing good! Bid on priceless food experiences with amazing Austin chefs, mingle over hors d'oeuvres, enjoy cocktails, wine & live music from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit SFC and Urban Roots. Click here for tickets and more info »





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