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2018 Farmers' Market Week

3 Reasons To Love Your Farmers' Market

During National Farmers Market Week, we are joining farmers’ markets across the United States to celebrate the contribution that farmers’ markets make to American life and the nation’s economy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers’ markets generate more than $700 million in annual sales for over 100,000 farms and ranches.

This week, we've got three reasons why you should love your local farmers’ market, plus learn how we're celebrating this Saturday!

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Aug 11th from 9am-1pm:

  • New Vendor Alert! If you are getting cabin fever from all these hot days, grab a huge bunch of flowers from newest vendor Petals Ink to brighten up your abode. While you are outside braving this weather grab a cool treat from Luv Fats Ice Cream, all vegan ice cream made with avocados and local fruits.
  • Thank a Farmer: While we hope you make time in your schedule every week to patron the market and see what goodies are in season, this weekend is an especially important time to thank a farmer in your life as it is National Farmers’ Market Week! Stop by B5 Farms for onions and potatoes, Oma and Opa’s Farm for buckets of okra and squash, or head to Texas Food Ranch for the hottest peppers you’ve never heard of.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Aug 11th from 9am-1pm:

  • New Vendor Alert! We are super happy to welcome Good Vibes Urban Farm back to the market. You may remember these micros and salad mix from the Yard to Market booth a while back, and now they are here to stay with an expanded list of veggies, homemade sauces and meals to go! Stop by to welcome them back this weekend.
  • Working for the Weekend: Make sure you practice self-care by stocking up on the freshest goods this weekend at the market. Goldenwood Mushrooms has beautiful clusters of oyster mushrooms perfect for a hot grill, and pick up some sweet winter squash from Flintrock Hill Farm to make it a slamming veggie meal. If you want a steak to top it off, we won’t judge! Just head down to Copper Creek Ranch for longhorn beef cuts to really impress your friends and neighbors.

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, we visited with Anthony Sobotik, owner and co-founder of Lick Honest Ice Creams, as he makes their Fig and Fromage Flavor of the Month and talks about two ice cream workshops he'll be teaching to benefit SFC! Watch the video »



Vote Barr Mansion for Best of Austin
Ends August 10 Vote for our friends Barr Mansion in the Austin-American Statesman Best of Austin - Event Places and Wedding Venue categories. Cast your vote everyday until August 10th! Vote now »

Volunteer at the Andrews Elementary School Garden
August 10, 8-11am The Andrews Elementary school garden needs your help with prepping the school garden and habitat areas to get them ready for the start of school. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle. Breakfast tacos will be included! To sign up, contact the school garden leader Janet Ruth Mangum to 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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