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5 Tips on Growing Summer's Most Refreshing Vegetable!

Cucumbers - Summer's Most Refreshing Vegetable

Cucumbers are an excellent warm season crop that is showing up in gardens and at the SFC Farmers’ Markets now. Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), part of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes melons and squashes, are a refreshing vegetable to grow in the summer as they contain over 95% water. In Central Texas, cucumbers are planted two weeks after the last frost of the New Year, from March to April, or August through early November well before the first frost of winter.

If you are growing cucumbers this summer, we've got 5 tips for you on how to take care of your plants to ensure a healthy crop. Plus, we've got an easy summer recipe for a delicious way to prepare your cucumber harvest.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. July 1st from 9am-1pm:

  • Meats for the Grill: This week Richardson Farms will have fresh whole milk, fresh eggs, pastured pork and chicken, and grass-fed beef - perfect for your 4th of July grilling! Visit them Downtown or Sunset Valley.
  • Certified Organic: This week Tecolote Farm is continuing their potato fest with SIX varieties of organic potatoes! In addition to potatoes, they will also have Texas sweet 1015 onions, vine-ripened tomatoes, Juliet plum tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, New Mexican "Hatch"-style but Tecolote-grown chiles, cured Texas Rose garlic, pickling cucumbers, Mediterranean cucumbers, herbs, French Sorrel, other peppers, and more!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. July 1st from 9am-1pm:

  • Grill-able Goat Cheese: Trying to up your grill game? Bee Tree Farm can you help you! They will have plain chevre, chipotle honey chevre, feta, and their GRILL-ABLE Greek cheese. Try it out!
  • Fresh Meat: Stop by Natural Champion Farm for chicken eggs, chicken, pork sausage and pork ribs!.

SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle, Wed. July 5th from 3pm-7pm:

  • Summer Melons: This week Johnson’s Backyard Garden will have plenty of melons for your summer enjoyment! They will be bringing Crenshaw Melons, Galia Melons, Korean Melons, and Watermelons! They will also have plenty of tomatoes perfect for your burgers or salads! Visit them at the Triangle, Downtown, or at Sunset Valley.

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Healing Power of Spices

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we visited with Ricardo Cruz of El Cruz Ranch while he makes a fire roasted tomato salsa and talks about his upcoming Mexican Salsas class! Watch the video »

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Farmer Starter Program at Farmshare Austin
Are you interested in becoming a farmer? Farmshare Austin is accepting applications for their upcoming Farmer Starter program, August 21-December 21! This 18-week intensive farming program combines supervised field time and classroom learning to create the best way to get grounded in the practice and underlying concepts of organic farming. Deadline to apply is July 15th. Learn more »

Bats, Birds and Barbecue
Join EarthShare of Texas on July 29th for the second part in their 25th Anniversary speaker series - "Bats, Birds and Barbecue: A Dinner Discussion of Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Beneath a Beautiful Bat-Filled Sky". You'll get to visit Bracken Cave and watch the awesome evening emergence of the world’s largest bat colony and meet some raptors up close and personal. Enjoy live music, a barbecue feast and wine all beneath a magical bat-filled sky. Learn more »




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