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Reasons to Garden

7 Reasons You Should Start Gardening

Food gardening in Central Texas may seem difficult to some. Indeed, it may take a few years and a few dead plants before you figure out how to use the climate to your garden’s benefit or how to defeat the pests on your leafy greens. But don’t despair, this could be your year, and even if you only get a few delicious cherry tomatoes in June, you will get so much more from your garden than you think. Continue reading for 7 reasons to get outside and start gardening.

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Amplify Austin for SFC!



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Feb 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Spring In Your Step: Don’t believe the hype, spring IS right around the corner. Need proof? Head over to Animal Farm’s stand for delicate radishes, rainbow hued carrots, bags of greens bursting with flavor, and edible flowers to make all your dishes a beautiful delight. Get there early if you want to pick up one of the first bouquets of the season - this week's features delphinium.
  • Bear Pride: If the dreary weather has you down, grab a cup of joe from Texas Coffee Traders as you amble around the market. This week’s special roast is the Grizzly Blend. A portion of proceeds for this blend goes to Vital Ground, a national conservation group that works towards preserving Grizzly Bear habitats.
  • Hippo Paint Party: No need to get your eyes checked, there IS a herd of hippo statues all over our Downtown market! Swing by the Hippo Home Insurance booth for some info and then you can help decorate and paint these hippo statues before they are auctioned off next week to benefit Special Olympics Texas.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Feb. 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Sour Stuff: Wunder-Pilz Kombucha is back this weekend with that good bubbly ferment-y gold, and we can’t wait to fill up a growler. Try the Energy blend, made with organic green tea, lemon juice and ginger to jumpstart your weekend.
  • Growing Wild: Get ready to welcome back your fave farmers after this winter hiatus. First on the roster is Flintrock Hill Farm back this weekend with chicken and duck eggs, spinach, salad greens and big red tomatoes! Stop by to see what else survived this winter weather and plan your weeknight meals.


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 »



Farm to Plate On Sale Now!

Thank You to Our Farm to Plate Sponsor: HEB!
Thank You H-E-B! In addition to partnering with us on our free six-week series cooking & nutrition classes, H-E-B is also a generous sponsor of our 11th Annual Farm to Plate fundraising event. H‑E‑B supports green initiatives through a variety of community partnerships in the hope of providing a better today and a brighter tomorrow. Learn more »

Amplify Austin for SFC!
March 1-2. Amplify Austin begins on March 1st. But we need your help NOW to raise a critical $50,000 for our food access and nutrition programs that support the health of our Austin community. Please join us by scheduling a gift today, or TRIPLE your impact by setting up a personal fundraiser campaign. All gifts made to SFC through Amplify Austin will be matched by St. David's Foundation and SFC Board of Directors. Don't wait - support the long-term health of our community and environment today! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we visited with our own Sara Law and Amy Gallo out at Republic Square to talk about the First Saturday program and Triple WIC Day at our SFC Farmers' Market Downtown. Watch the video »

Introduction to Food Gardening


6th Annual Fais Do-Do and Gumbo Cook Off
February 24th, 1pm. Do you like live music, local beer, and home cooked gumbo? If so, join Farmhouse Delivery for their Fais Do-Do and Gumbo Cook Off! Proceeds benefit our friends at Urban Roots, a nonprofit youth-development organization transforming lives through food and farming. Sign up to secure a spot as a competitor. Learn more »

Slow Food Farm Tour of La Flaca
March 3rd, 2:30pm. Join Slow Food for an afternoon farm tour in South Austin at La Flaca Organic Farm. Following the tour, Puli-Ra will give you a taste of this hyper-local produce in their self-defined style, “Low Country Indian meets Hill Country Texan,” with a snack made with ingredients from the farm. Learn more »

Clearing Stones and Sowing Seeds: Photographs from the Travis County Negro Extension Service
February 6, 2018-April 15, 2018, at Austin History Center. The exhibit Clearing Stones and Sowing Seeds presents over 600 photographs taken between 1940 and 1964, documenting the variety of services offered by the TCNES, including animal husbandry, crafts, domestic education, gardening, agriculture, and home improvement. Learn more »

Fundamentals of Healthy Home Cooking




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