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Bell Pepper in SDF Community Garden

Everything You Need to Know About Peppers + A Recipe!

Did you know you can continue to garden during the summer in Central Texas? With hot weather in full effect, only a few vegetable varieties will continue to offer up their bounty. Peppers, both mild and hot, are one of these heat-loving crops that will grow with little effort while withstanding these hot summer days. This week, learn everything you need to know about growing and using peppers, plus get a recipe for Salsa de Cacahuate.

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Mexican Salsas



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. July 21st from 9am-1pm:

  • Yes Way, Rosé: In our humble opinion, the best way to while away a steaming hot weekend is with a crispy cold glass of Grafter Rosé cider from Texas Keeper Cider. Head to the market this weekend to pick up bottles of this pink beauty, the seasonal Cortland Demi-Sec or the original No 1.
  • A Brief Hiatus: Catch up with our friends at Tecolote Farm for their last weekend at market for a bit. Swoop up the late summer bounty of chives, shishito peppers, eggplant, basil, garlic and all the spicy peppers you can handle. Limited amounts of melons and tomatoes, including super sweet sungolds.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. July 21st from 9am-1pm:

  • Sitting Pretty: Have you all seen the beautiful flowers from Corona Violeta Ranch? Make this your new weekly obsession and pick up fresh cut zinnias, celosia, marigolds, cosmos and dahlias arranged into bouquets to brighten your home or bring a smile to that special someone.
  • Don’t Settle for Medi-okra-ty: Hot days bring okra nights, stop by Party Fowl Farm to get oodles of okra, from colorful Alabama Red to plump and tender Cowhorn varieties. Pairs well with fresh pasture-raised chicken! Next swing by Yard to Market Coop for fresh quail eggs, basil, cucumbers, figs and more from backyard gardens all over the city.

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 »



Class Preview Event

We're Hiring!
We are looking for a new Food Access Manger - Double Dollars and a Grow Local intern. Learn more »

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 »

Cheese for a cause!
We are thrilled to be the recipient of Antonelli's Cheese Shop's Charitable Cheese Cause Class of the Month. While their "Cheese 101" class on July 30th is currently sold out, you can still support SFC programs. Add your name to the wait list or sign up for another one of their cheese-tastic classes and add on a donation for SFC! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, our Food Access Projects Manager, Simone Benz, talks about fresh produce, the Fresh For Less Program and SFC Farm Stands while making a watermelon agua fresca. Watch the video »



Farmshare Austin is Hiring
Our friends at Farmshare Austin are currently seeking a Mobile Market Manager and three Mobile Market Coordinators. Learn more and apply »

West Campus: Move Out to Help Out!
July 27th to August 1st. Moving out of West Campus next month? A new program is making it easy to keep your couch off the curb. Drop-off gently used items you aren't taking home with you, and give your stuff a second life with one of 8 local participating reuse organizations. Learn more »

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry with Filmmaker Q&A
July 31st, 7:15pm - 9:15pm. Join Alamo Drafthouse and the Multicultural Refugee Coalition for a film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Laura Dunn. Learn more »

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Fest
August 26, 11am-5pm. Get ready to sample hundreds of hot sauces, dine on local foods, and enjoy live music! 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 »

Farm & Food Leadership Conference
October 15-16. This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement. Learn more »





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