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Summer Gardening FAQs

Throughout most of the country, summer is prime gardening time with warm temperatures and long daylight hours. Here in Central Texas, however, many people consider it the dormant season. With little rainfall and scorching temperatures, it is just too difficult for many plants to thrive. So, like Northerners who “put their gardens to sleep” in winter, we sometimes do the same here in the summer. We either cover them with a thick layer of mulch, using leaves of straw, or we plant them with cover crops. Ideally, we choose legumes like black-eyed peas or purple hull peas because they add nitrogen to the soil and do not require heavy watering.

If you choose to garden through the summer, there are many ways to keep your plants and yourself healthy and happy. Read on for some of our answers to frequently asked questions about summertime food growing.

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Like SFC Farmers' Markets on Facebook!
By popular demand, we have a created a Facebook page dedicated to all four locations of our SFC Farmers' Markets. Be sure to give it a "like", and we'll keep you updated on the latest market news, events and more. Tag SFC Farmers' Markets when you are shopping and let us know what you are excited to buy each week! Like us »

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

  • Summer Grilling: Summer grilling season is here and Richardson Farms has pork chops and pork sausages for your next grill out! And don’t forget breakfast; they have real bacon and hen eggs that are perfect for a filling morning meal. Stop by and see them at SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and at SFC Farmers’ Market Sunset Valley.
  • Succulents: Looking for a way to spice up your workplace or home? Organic Geometry has beautiful succulent arraignments that will add the perfect touch of color to your office or living space. Succulents require little care and water making them the perfect plant for busy lifestyles.

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

  • Goat Cheese: Add some tangy flavor to your dishes with some chevre or feta from Swede Farm. Look for flavors like plain, smoky, and garlic chive to add to your veggies, pasta, or steak dishes.
  • Cool Summer Tea: Don’t let the heat keep you from shopping the markets; cool off with some refreshing iced tea from Lost Pines Yaupon Tea. Yaupon tea is a caffeinated tea native to the US and is harvested just 30 miles outside of Austin. Loose leaf and tea bags will also be available for purchase!

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We're Hiring!
SFC is seeking a creative, knowledgeable and hard-working individual to guide SFC’s evolving Farm to School programming efforts in conjunction with multiple partners, serve as an advocate for local farmers, provide management and administrative oversight for Farm Direct projects and project staff, and represent the Farm Direct program and SFC in the community. Learn more »

"The Seer" Film Screening
We're teaming up with Alamo Drafthouse and Johnson's Backyard Garden for a screening of The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Barry on location at Johnson's Garfield farm on July 9th! Tickets are available through the Alamo Drafthouse page. Learn more »

White Linen Night
We are excited to be the beneficiary of 2ND Street District's 4th Annual White Linen Night on Saturday, August 6 from 6:00-9:00pm. The ticketed block party will feature bites from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants in the 2ND Street District and beyond, as well pairings from Texas wineries and breweries. Learn more »

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Green Gate Farms is Hiring!
Our friends at Green Gate are looking for a Farm Manager for their 35-acre certified-organic farm. Create and maintain field plans for 8 acres of production and organic certification records for 200-member CSA; manage wholesale and retail sales; direct pasture rotations for livestock; manage and lead work teams; oversee planting, harvesting, and weeding in field and hoop houses.  Learn more »




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