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What to Plant in August

Scorching temperatures in August may be daunting, but during this toasty month, you can start preparing the ground for fall planting and also plant several fruits and vegetables for your fall season. To prepare for your fall garden, start cleaning up your current or future garden area by pulling weeds and dead plants. It’s far more motivating to start your fall garden with an area free of debris. Keep watering your existing plants and trees (preferably early in the morning), and make sure the soil around them is covered with a hefty 2-3 inch layer of mulch. Some of your existing plants may look droopy, especially during the mid-day heat, but they’ll revive themselves in the fall just like most Austinites!



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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week With Us!

National Farmers’ Market Week began Sunday, August 2nd and runs through this Saturday August 8th. Though this is not an ideal time of year for farmers in Central Texas we still want to show our love and support the vendors. We have already kicked off a great week with our two weekday markets by cooking amazing food at Taste the Place, incredible music featuring Huck Johnson and the Jackknives and Dominique Garcia, and making sure our loyal customers like you have...



Sophie Fitzpatrick

Welcome Sophie Fitzpatrick

Join us in welcoming Sophie Fitzpatrick to SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®! It’s been two years since SFC moved into its headquarters in Central East Austin, and given the increase in cooking classes and rentals happening in both the kitchen and community room, Sophie brings much needed support and cheeky English humor to the team. Read on to learn a little about Sophie in her own words…



Fresh & New at the SFC Farmers' Market
Its National Farmers' Market week! Show your love and support the vendors. Come out and vote for your favorite vendor at SFC Farmers' Market Downtown and SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley this weekend.

Cake and Spoon's 6th anniversary at the market is this weekend. Stop by their booth and congratulate Melissa Brinkman - she may have treats to celebrate! Fresh fruits and veggies are still a highlight of all 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, popcorn and okra will be at Fruitful Hill, and flavorful San Marzano tomatoes from Hairston Creek. At the SFC Farmers' Market 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. Read more »

Become an SFC Farm to School Ambassador
Sustainable Food Center works with schools in the Austin area to promote fresh, local foods in cafeterias and classrooms. SFC will place up to ten Farm to School Ambassadors in the fall 2015 semester to serve as liaisons with our 50 school partners. Learn More »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7's Good Day Austin, Lauren Petrowski visited with Chef Jam Sanitchat of Thai Fresh and made an eggplant stir-fry. Watch the video »


Farm Starter at Farmshare Austin
Help our friends at Farmshare Austin grow farmers and secure the future of local, organic food in Central Texas! Farmshare Austin hosts Farmer Starter, an intensive residential course where students live and work on an educational farm in eastern Travis County. Farmshare Austin needs to raise $38,500 to complete their campus and give students the best possible experience when they start this fall. Learn more » 

Stop the Ultimate Monsanto Protection Act
The House passed a dangerous new bill, H.R. 1599, to kill states' right to pass common sense GMO labeling laws. Now we need to band together to advocate against the Senate passing similar legislation. Add your voice to the petition. Learn more »

Slow Food Austin Grub Trivia
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 »

9th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference
September 25-26: 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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