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Big Latch On

This First Saturday, Celebrate Families and Breastfeeding!

Please join us this Saturday at our SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley for our First Saturday Celebration and a special event to kick off the month of August: The Big Latch On!

The Big Latch On is a celebration that takes place during world breastfeeding week, which is recognized all around the world during the first week in August, with the goal of promoting and celebrating breastfeeding.

This week, we spoke with Naya Weber, a board certified lactation consultant and Vice President of Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition, to learn more about what she loves about the event.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Aug 4th from 9am-1pm:

  • Something Fishy: The smell of garlic and tomatoes wafts through the air every Saturday morning from Concha’s Salsa and Seafood’s fresh snapper tacos. Pick up a jar of salsa, a dozen jumbo Gulf shrimp or a whole red snapper for later.
  • Cornerstone: Don’t let the midsummer blues get you down, stop by Johnson’s Backyard Garden for the season’s first sweet potatoes, huge red watermelons, tender pods of okra and huge buckets of potatoes. Don’t forget to make yourself an herb bundle for a week’s worth of pesto, gremolata, salad dressing and marinades. Got some time during the week? Consider volunteering at the farm or packing shed for a medium share of veggies!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Aug 4th from 9am-1pm:

  • I Can Pickle That: Consider preserving the season’s bounty this weekend with fresh produce from Flintrock Hill Farm. Long beans, pickling cucumbers, squash and more are ready to be fermented or topped with seasoned vinegar and turned into crisp pantry staples. Don’t forget to grab a bunch of arugula or salad mix for fresh summer salads as well!
  • Stay Caffeinated: Sometimes we need a little boost, that’s what our friends at Texas Coffee Traders are here for! Grab an icy cup of cold brew, vegan mocha latte or lavender lemonade and power through your market shopping in no time.

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

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 »

Lick Honest Ice Creams Flavor of the Month
We are pleased to be the beneficiary of the Lick Honest Ice Creams August Flavor of the Month! When you grab a scoop of Fromage & Fig ice cream at any Lick location during the month of August, all proceeds will go toward our programs that make healthy food accessible for all. Plus, you can learn how to make delicious ice creams like a professional with Lick's very own Chef and Co-Founder Anthony Sobotik. Join him for one of his two upcoming workshops at CRAFT - 100% of proceeds benefit SFC! Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Belle Vie Farm showcases their duck eggs and the variety of things you can make with them. Watch the video »



Screening of "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"
August 7, 7pm. In celebration of National Farmers' Market Week, Texas Farmers' Market and their partner Austin Resource Recovery, are proud to present a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at Austin Film Society. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Joe Diffie of Joe's Organics, Tim Welch of Emmer & Rye, Jessica Brown of TFM's composting program and Gena McKinley of Austin Resource Recovery. Learn more »

Volunteers Needed at the Becker Green Classroom
Open House/Information Session on Saturday, August 25, 9am - 12pm at 1701 Briar. The Green Classroom needs volunteers for weekly garden classes in the 10,000 square foot organic garden at Becker Elementary. Volunteer garden teachers and assistants work together to lead a weekly class with the same group of students throughout the school year. Orientation sessions, peer mentoring, a website with project ideas, and a resource library are available to help volunteers plan lessons and activities. They also need volunteers to help with maintenance and watering, garden workdays, technical support, fundraising, and special events. Contact Kathy to 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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