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Advocating for Texas Farmers in the Farm Bill

Every five years Congress sits down to write what is colloquially referred to as “Farm Bill,” a piece of legislation that governs farm production, rural development, and many nutrition programs. As members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), SFC is assuming a leadership role in advocating on behalf of Texas farmers and ranchers. This January, our Deputy Director Joy Casnovsky joined food systems leaders from across the country in Washington D.C. to meet with key members of the Congressional Agriculture Committee. Keep reading over on our blog to learn more about the Farm Bill and Joy's trip to Washington!

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Farm to Plate On Sale Now!


SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. March 24th from 9am-1pm:

  • Fresh Cuts:  Byccombe Natural Solutions from Springfield Farm is back this weekend with all things goat’s milk soap and shiitake salve. Don’t leave the tent without a bag bursting with fresh cut spinach, arugula or baby kale, and grab some late season carrots and radishes while you are at it.
  • Something Fishy: Concha’s Salsa and Seafood brings fresh gulf snapper, shrimp and rockfish every weekend to the Downtown market alongside fresh hot tomato or tomatillo salsas. Want something for the road? Dig into an overstuffed snapper taco simmered to perfection with garlic and spices for an incredible start to your day.
  • Clean up your act: Mrs. Meyers Clean Day all natural products will be at our Downtown market this weekend! See their representative to learn about their earth-friendly cleaning supplies with simple garden inspired scents.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. March 24th from 9am-1pm:

  • Berried Alive:  Get yourselves to market real quick-like on Saturday: berry season has begun! Engel Farms will have strawberries by the pint, but they won’t last long. Brussel sprouts and slicer tomatoes ride alongside strawberries on Engel’s table this weekend.
  • Getting Tea’d Up: Whether you’re looking to start your spring growing or to start your day, La Flaca has got you covered! Stop by for their herb and veggie transplants (strawberries, tomatoes, marigolds, and more) or their returning selection of herbal teas. Teas for try include borage, mint, and lemony herbs, perfect for a warm spring day.


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



SFC April Tour
April 17, 12-1pm. We invite you to join us for a free, 1-hour tour of our 4-star rated green energy office and community space. We'll take you on a tour of our facility while sharing with you stories of work we do to strengthen our local food system and provide access to healthy, affordable food for all children and adults in Central Texas. RSVP »

SFC on Everyday Superhumans
We were thrilled to recently be featured on the Everyday Superhumans podcast! Our Deputy Director, Joy Casnovsky, sat down with them to chat about the perks of buying from local farms, how cooking with fresh ingredients not only tastes better but also is better for you, and how SFC bridges the gap between the urban and rural communities. Listen now »

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Austin Lamb Jam
March 25th, 3-6pm. Come eat, sip, play and explore at this epic gastronomic experience and culinary competition that brings together 14 of Austin's most talented chefs to vie for the title of Lamb Jam Austin Champion. Learn more »

JBG Spring Picnic & 5K Garden Gallop
March 31, 11am-2:30pm. Join Johnson's Backyard Garden for their Annual Spring Picnic and Garden Gallop! This is the best day of the year to see their farm and celebrate Springtime in Austin with your friends and family. The Garden Gallop is a short, 5K (3.1 mile) loop through the farm and is perfect for runners and walkers alike, and is truly the best way to see a working organic farm.  Learn more »

Trowel & Error
April 7, 9:30am-1pm Mayfield Park will host Trowel & Error, the Spring event that annually attracts gardeners from all over Central Texas to hear experts give time-tested tips for beautiful gardens. Learn more »

9th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour
April 15th, 1-5pm. Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling among the crops, visiting the chickens and rabbits on 4 urban farms mere blocks apart. At each farm, Austin's most notable chefs will offer tastes of their art. Tickets on sale March 20th! Learn more »

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