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Save time in the kitchen!

Balancing Time and Money in the Kitchen

If you ask us, access to fresh, affordable food goes beyond the physical access of location and geography -- access also depends on having the know-how and the time to cook regularly for ourselves and our families. It’s easy to say that cooking at home is cheaper in dollars than eating out. But the rest of the story is that cooking can be more expensive in time, which is something most of us wish we had more of. That’s why, in The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®, we put extra effort into providing class participants with practical, time-saving advice for everything from meal planning and pre-prep to using leftovers and packing healthy lunches.

If you want to save both time and money in the kitchen, meal planning is key. Follow our step by step process to get started. Read More » »


What's new at SFC this week.

This Week at the SFC Farmers' Markets

Happy first week of spring! Visit our farmers' markets this weekend for all your Easter needs - we've got everything from cupcakes to carrots. Check out a few highlights of what will be at the market this coming week. Happy Shopping!

SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Saturday from 9am-1pm:

  • Phoenix Farms is ready for spring with their amazing assortment of fresh veggies. Stop by and pick up some mixed lettuce which is great for salads, carrots that make an excellent snack, and cabbage that is great for sautéing and adding to stir-fry.
  • It’s warming up in Austin which means it’s time to seek out your favorite cool and refreshing beverages. Try Buddha’s Brew Kombucha for great flavors like blueberry, grape and cranberry at the Downtown location

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Saturday from 9am-1pm:

  • Looking for herbs? Yard to Market Co-op has an excellent assortment of fresh herbs like dill, sage, oregano, mint, and lemon balm. Don’t forget to check out their assorted veggie offerings too!
  • Don’t forget to visit Featured Vendor Tacodeli for their delicious breakfast tacos! They have a taco for everyone with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options!

Continue Reading This Week at SFC Farmers' Markets for more info on all four markets »

Farm to Plate Tables Now On Sale
Join us and over 30 of Austin’s most acclaimed chefs on May 11 for a delicious evening to celebrate the bounty of Central Texas. Support SFC by purchasing a table or company sponsorship today! Learn more »

We're Hiring!
We're looking for a part-time, seasonal Food Access Coordinator to work on operations of our Food Access programs including Double Dollar Incentive Program (DDIP), WIC, SNAP and FMNP at the SFC Farmers' Markets. Learn more »

Thank You Silicon Labs
As one of our Farm to Plate sponsors, we'd like to say thanks to Silicon Labs for their support. Silicon Labs is committed to sharing its success with the community by providing financial and volunteer support for local organizations that have made a difference in improving the quality of life in Austin.

Do you know you can rent out our community room and kitchen? Book your event here today »


Grafternoon with Farmshare Austin
Join Farmshare Austin and Texas Keeper Cider on March 26 at their newly opened Taproom for a hands-on afternoon workshop on the history and techniques of fruit tree grafting, while sampling ciders and exploring the newly opened Texas Keeper Cidery. Learn more »

Edible Austin Children's Picnic
April 10, 1-5pm. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, grow a garden, get moving, meet farmers and local food vendors, and enjoy cooking demos, baby farm animals, music from Bob Appel and the Austin Community Steelband, and much more! Learn more »

City of Austin Soil Kitchen
Food gardeners get your soil tested for nutrient content and heavy metals (toxins) for free! The City of Austin is hosting a Soil Kitchen April 14-17, 9am-2pm at Parque Zaragoza. This is a wonderful opportunity, so tell your friends! Learn more »

East Austin Urban Farm Tour
On April 17th spend a Sunday afternoon strolling vibrant fields of local produce on four neighboring urban farms. At each farm, chefs will provide tastes using the freshest farm ingredients while local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists will offer sips. Learn more »




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