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Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

These days, companion planting and intercropping (or polycultures) are buzz words for organic gardeners. Intercropping refers to the practice of growing two or more crops close to one another in order to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by using resources that would otherwise not be utilized by a single crop. So, for example, gardeners might plant deep-rooted crops alongside crops with shallow roots so that plants do not compete for water and can access nutrients at different soil depths. Alternatively, gardeners might...



Summer Camps

Summer Camp with SFC's Farm Direct Program

For weeks now, the courtyard in front of the SFC office has been abuzz with the fun sounds and sights of kids participating in various summer camps. Some of these camps are visiting us for the half day Local Food Field Trips that we offer mid-June through July, while others have been participating in various summer camps hosted by our neighbors at Creative Action. It’s been a summer of fun and learning over here! SFC is very excited to be pairing up with Creative Action in a summer camp happening the first week of August which is also National Farmers’ Market Week - where we get to...




Intern Spotlight: Olivia Cason

Olivia Cason is a rising sophomore at St. Edward’s University and is completing a summer internship with SFC as part of a partnership between St. Edward’s and H-E-B. Olivia supports our summer field trip program in which local camps bring their campers (ages 4-15) for hands-on cooking and gardening, and activities that illustrate how food gets from the farm or garden to our plates. She came to us after a semester-long project on sustainable agriculture here in Austin, where she was introduced to urban farms and first heard about SFC. Read on for her essay about why SFC’s mission is so important to her.



Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Fresh fruits and veggies are still a highlight of all SFC Farmers' Markets, with the heat taking a bit of a toll but a strong selection and high quality still available. Of note on Saturday, the SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley offers special spicy pickles from Kubena Farm and dried mushrooms, perfect for a light broth, from Logro, and meaty, flavorful San Marzano tomatoes from Hairston Creek Farm. Downtown look for a lengthy list of produce, say ‘hi’ to Swede Farms and try their goat cheeses, and sample the salves from Springfield Farms to soothe your summer skin.

At East on Tuesday afternoon, Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Margaret’s Farm are keeping the flame, while veggies from Animal Farm and meats from Richardson Farm round out the Wednesday offerings at the Triangle. Seasonal fruits and veggies at the markets will include tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, okra, eggplant, squashes, onions, potatoes, melons, and peaches. Plus find local eggs, meats, cheese, bakery goods and ready-to-eat foods, like Happy Vegan Baker that offers delightful treats at all four SFC Farmers' Markets! Read more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, Lauren Petrowski visited with our friends Megan McDonald and Leah Jones, co-founders of Crickers, crackers made with cricket flour. Watch the video »


Editor's Favorite - Cocoa Puro
Our friends and SFC Farmers' Market vendor, Cocoa Puro, was picked as an Editors’ Favorite and described as “dream candy” in the August edition of Food and Wine Magazine! Visit them at the SFC Farmers' Market Downtown every Saturday and pick up some "dream candy" to enjoy at home.

Slow Food Austin Grub Trivia
Slow Food Austin’s third annual Grub Trivia competition is on August 16th at Saengerrunde Hall. This food-focused, pub-style trivia game features an open bar and a special tasting from more than a dozen of Austin’s finest “slow” restaurants & artisans. Learn more »

Farmshare Austin - Second Annual Farm Raiser
On July 31st Farmshare Austin hosts its 2nd annual Farm Raiser at Saengerrunde Hall. Featuring square dancing (with lessons first!), live music, bbq, local vegan & vegetarian delights, and craft beverages. Learn More »

9th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference
Early bird registration is now available! Join the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance on September 25-26 to hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply. Connect with others who are passionate about our food system and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year! Learn More »







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