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Artichokes: A Remarkable Thistle

In a contest of “most striking vegetable,” artichoke would be a top contender. This plant’s formidable size (3 to 4 feet high by 2 to 3 feet wide), spiky leaves, and tall stalks topped by enormous, edible flower buds give it a decidedly prehistoric appearance. The leaf-like brachts and center (heart) of the immature artichoke flower are the tasty parts with which most of us are familiar. But what else is there to know about artichoke? We decided to investigate. Read on to find out what we learned about this unusual veggie, and for tips on how to grow it yourself!



SFC Farmers' Market East Move Celebration

Movin' On Up - SFC Farmers' Market East

We’re shakin’ and movin’ to our new home for the SFC Farmers’ Market East this Tuesday, March 3rd, to the beat of Choctaw Wildfire, a ‘must see’ Austin trio consisting of piano, upright bass and drums with honky tonk tunes that can bust out in the veins of full-blown boogies to poignant ballads. In addition, we’ll have Matt Macioge, our veteran taste-off cook master representing the SFC team, going head to head with Rick Cruz of El Cruz Ranch in a taste-off using the main elements of greens for celebration of...




Potluck-Friendly Recipes

Have you ever struggled to come up with a potluck dish that can be enjoyed by all in attendance? Here’s your answer! This recipe for Smokey Black Bean Quinoa Salad from The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® is naturally gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free. And, most importantly, it’s delicious! We recently made this recipe as part of the Meatless Mains class in our Kitchen Fundamentals series, and it was a big hit.

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We're hiring!
Join the SFC Team! We're looking for dynamic individuals to fill the following positions: Food Access Program Manager - 30hrs/week; Farm Direct Projects Coordinator - 40hrs/week; and Bookkeeper - 20hrs/week. For more information and application instructions on these positions, please visit

Buy Fresh Buy Local
We're excited to announce that SFC is a part of the first Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter. This program is committed to making it easier for you to find fresh, local food around your community. And we need YOUR help to make sure this chapter is as successful as possible! Please fill out this simple survey with a few questions about your farmers' market experience.

Farm to Plate 2015 Tables on Sale Now!
Join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary by purchasing a table at this year’s Farm to Plate event on May 14th at Barr Mansion! Delight your guests with food by over 25 leading Central Texas chefs dedicated to sourcing locally. This annual fundraising event raises critical funds for our programs. Click here for more info »

Local Foods Day at the Texas Capitol
Want to Impact Local Foods Laws? Join the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance for an important and fun citizen lobbying event on Friday, March 13 from 9am-4pm at the Texas Capitol! We need feet on the ground to pass important bills to help local farmers and food producers grow and distribute more of the healthy foods that consumers are looking for. Click here for more info »

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Toast and Roast
On Sunday, March 1st at Rancho Cuernavaca, taste the twenty best Texas wines produced last year. Following an hour-long sip and stroll tasting, Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich will roast up a feast of pig, goat, and lamb. Toast & Roast is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Texas Independence Weekend and to support our states growing wine industry.Click here for more info »







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