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Ortega Elementary Citrus Fundraiser

Ortega Elementary's Citrus Fundraiser: Past, Present, and Future

In early 2014 Alejandra Mireles, a teacher at Ortega Elementary in East Austin, came to SFC with two questions; “Why aren’t we promoting healthful foods through school fundraisers?” and “What can we do about it?”. We put our heads together to consider school nutrition goals and SFC resources, from which the Citrus Fundraiser was born!

This is Ortega Elementary’s fourth year to partner with SFC and Dave Strohmeyer at G&S Groves in McAllen, Texas to raise much-needed school funds by selling organic Valencia Oranges. Recently, we sat down with Alejandra to discuss her experience running the Citrus Fundraiser, and where she sees it going.

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Holiday Schedule

Both our Downtown and Sunset Valley markets are open December 16th and 30th. On December 23rd our Sunset Valley market is closed, but don't worry, you can still find your favorite Sunset Valley vendors at our Downtown location that day.

SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Dec. 16th from 9am-1pm:

  • Arrive In Style: Just in time for making the holiday party rounds, Barbara Gray Hand Sewn Leather Goods has created the perfect Bison Leather Wine Carrier! As the name implies, all of these sachets, purses and bags are made from 100% American Bison leather and hand-sewn for maximum durability and style.
  • Snow Day: The once-in-eight-years weather event may signal the end of eggplant and pepper season, but at Agua Dulce Farm the kale, lettuces and arugula are only becoming more resilient and delicious. Stop by this weekend to pick up your winter greens and chat about some unusual crops like amaranth and Japanese mustard greens.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Dec. 16th from 9am-1pm:

  • A Sweet Thing: Come stop by Le Renard Patisserie’s booth and grab yourself a sweet treat! Chef Lauren has honed her skills in various establishments over the years, and is thrilled to bring you the fruits of her labors at our Sunset Valley market. Try some of her caramel stroopwafel cookies, blueberry cornmeal scones, or pie pockets for a sure as sugar mood lift.
  • Lettuce Rejoice: Leafy greens are in full form this weekend at Esperanza Farm’s booth! Come grab some of their butter lettuce, red lettuce, and basil to make your salads and pesto pop!

Find even more vendor and product listings, what's in season, and who's in or who's out, on our "This Week at SFC Farmers' Markets" webpage »



2018 Winter Class Preview Night

An Evening with Michael Pollan
At The Long Center, February 2nd, 8 p.m. Acclaimed author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and SFC Advisory Council Member, Michael Pollan returns to Austin to share the path his writings have taken since he first started examining the ways humans and food intersect. The evening includes brief readings from several of his previous titles and his forthcoming book, How to Change Your Mind. Ronda Rutledge, SFC Executive Director, will introduce him, and following the show there will be a moderated Q&A and discussion featuring Raj Patel. Buy tickets »

RideAustin “Round Up” Beneficiary
SFC has been added to the local, nonprofit ridesharing app RideAustin as a “Round Up” beneficiary! When you ride local with RideAustin, you can elect to round up your fare to the nearest dollar and designate a local nonprofit as your beneficiary. Be sure to select SFC as your round up choice before your next ride! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we visited with Green Gate Farms and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas about how they are participating in our Farm to Work program. Watch the video »



Beer and Cheese Tasting with 512 Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese
Join Slow Food Austin on Thursday December 14th for their Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop! Easy Tiger breads and other accompaniments will be served with the beer and cheese pairings. Learn more »

Support Texas Women in Agriculture
Our friends at Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller are celebrating 14 female farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers with a new photo documentary project that tells a diverse story of Texas women in agriculture. Visit their website to see the portraits and support the project. All images courtesy of photographer Nora Chovanec. Learn more »

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