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Mary Lightsey and Son

Farmer Spotlight: Mary Lightsey of Lightsey Farms

Did you know that Mary Lightsey of Lightsey Farms has been a vendor at our SFC Farmers' Market Downtown for over 10 years? Located west of Waco, Mexia is a small rural town about 2.5 hours drive from Austin. A bit of a trek for us, perhaps, but between the market and Farm to Work, Mary does this drive multiple times per week with her truck stacked full of sun-ripened peaches, plums, persimmons, and other fresh goodies for sale. She grew up in Mexia on the farm she now owns - land that has been in her family for over 100 years. Learn a little bit more about Mary, and be sure to visit her this Saturday for her famous Texas peaches!

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. June 23rd from 9am-1pm:

  • Pretty Ripe: It’s been a long and prosperous peach season, and it isn’t over yet! Pick up your weekly allotment of peaches, along with a basket of zucchini and some sungold tomatoes from Engel Farms. This week try making a simple salad of sliced peaches, arugula and smoked pecans from Buster’s Smoked Pecans for a simple and elegant lunch.
  • You Know It When You Smell It: Every week we are reminded of the power of smell when we get a whiff of hot and fresh cheesy bread from Lua Brazil! These Pão de queijo come in traditional, pizza, basil, jalapeño or a vegan option. Take home a bag and pop a few in the oven for easy snacking all week.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. June 23rd from 9am-1pm:

  • Beans, Beans: Nourish your body this weekend with a plate from Amaranto Plant-Based Foods. Look for vegan Mac n Fleas (with chia seeds), hearty lentils, bean burgers and more. Wash it all down with the newest flavor of Can-bucha- prickly pear, lemon and ginger, from our friends at Wunderpilz.
  • The Magical Fruit: Stop by Yard to Market for some of their delicious peaches this Saturday! Other delicious offerings on the table includes their mouthwatering cherry tomatoes, their delectable herbs, and duck & chicken eggs.

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 »


Mexican Salsas

SFC August Tour
August 27, 12-1pm. Join us for a free, 1-hour lunch and learn style tour of our 4-star rated green energy office and kitchen space. RSVP »

We're Hiring!
We are looking for a new Farm Direct Associate, a Grow Local Education Coordinator, and part-time members of our SFC Farmers' Market Crew. Learn more »

Cheese 101 with Antonelli's Cheese Shop
July 30, 6:30-8:30pm. Get to know the "7 Styles of Cheese" in Cheese 101 with Antonelli's Cheese Shop, and benefiting SFC! Antonelli's will guide you through each style of cheese and taste specific examples (both pasteurized and unpasteurized), accompanied by olives, nuts, and Easy Tiger bread. This class is their Charitable Cheese Cause Class of the Month. RSVP »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, we visited Chef Stacey Jones at Sway as she makes Pad Kwetio. Watch the video »


Save the Windows at Historical Boggy Creek Farm
Did you know that Boggy Creek Farm is a City of Austin Historic Landmark? Farmers Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle need your help to save the windows on their 177 year old farmhouse. Submit your tax-deductible donation via our website today, or attend their fundraising event on June 24th. Learn more »

Culture & Food in Media w/Issue Television
June 22, 6pm-9pm. Issue Television presents a screening of their new documentary film/TV pilot EAT UP AUSTIN at SFC, followed by a discussion on food and culture in media. Learn more »

Fit Foodie Festival and 5k
June 23. Eat your way to the most delicious Finish Line ever, then celebrate at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival with mouthwatering bites, beer garden, culinary and fitness demonstrations, and so much more. Learn more »

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
September 22. Did you know SFC is one of the beneficiaries of the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride? This is one of the best supported bike rides in Texas—all with the goal of helping those facing breast cancer. The funds we receive support our free cooking & nutrition classes for cancer survivors. Register today! Learn more »




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