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Healthy School Lunches

Back to School with Healthy Lunches!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity can have a lifelong impact on physical and mental health and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 school age children in the US is obese. While obesity is not caused by diet alone, daily access to healthy foods and modeling healthy eating habits can have a big influence in preventing, managing and reversing it.

This week, we've got some tips and recommendations to help you plan affordable, healthy lunches and snacks for your whole family. The Happy Kitchen’s Happy Plate emphasizes meals that are made up of one quarter grains, one quarter protein, and one half fruits and vegetables. These tips also work for people of all ages who are looking to start or maintain a healthy lunch routine.

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Butchery for the Home Cook



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Sept 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Spouting Sprouts: Reverse Pioneers brings trays of fresh sunflower sprouts, oodles of amaranth microgreens and bursting containers of radish micros to market every weekend. While you are perusing the tasty greens check out the collection of handmade reclaimed wood cutting boards and butcher blocks also up for grabs.
  • Taste Takeover! Chef Bryan Beneke is visiting us from his new digs at Hideaway Kitchen & Bar for another Taste the Place takeover! Stop by as he turns simple market ingredients into scrumptious bites and get some ideas about your upcoming weekly meals.
  • Texas One Gas is stopping by this weekend to spread the word about their energy efficiency rebate programs and appliance lists! Swing by for fun freebies and info about how natural gas can improve your home life.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Sept 22nd from 9am-1pm:

  • Fall Fest: Head to Sunset Valley this weekend for our 2nd Annual Fall Fest! Headlining the festivities are Frederico Geib and his full band playing Brazilian soul and funk to get you in the mood to groove. Swing by our Taste the Place booth for a look inside the traditional three sisters featuring dishes made with corn, beans and squash. Drop the kiddos off for pumpkin painting and then get your picture taken with your fine art at the free photobooth!
  • Health and Wellness: Join Pilar Leoni on her healing journey at Aroma Secrets. She offers a mix of essential oils and creams that have powerful healing potential and can be used to improve people’s general wellbeing. Try the new DIY essential oil kit, an excellent resource to start your own personal wellness journey.
  • Cooling Off: Just because the equinox is behind us doesn’t mean these temps have dropped, so use your time at the market this weekend to pick up an iced mocha from Texas Coffee Traders, a paleta from Mom and Pops, or a delectable lobster roll from Garbo’s Lobster.

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 »



Beekeeping Hive Tour

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Bianca Bidiuc Peterson, our Grow Local Program Manager, talks about getting kids interested in gardening and how we do it at SFC. Watch the video »

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 »

Edible Austin Chef Auction
October 4, 6-10pm.The 7th Annual Chef Auction is your chance to bid on dinners designed by your favorite local chefs! Proceeds benefit SFC and Urban Roots. Chef list is live now! 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 »

FARFA Scholarship Opportunity
Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Farm and Food Leadership Conference. The scholarship will cover the ticket for the conference, the Farm Dinner, and a travel stipend of $250. Learn more »

Building Green Justice Forum
Oct 16, 8am-4pm. Attend the 5th annual Building Green Justice Forum and hear speakers on the topic of “Power, Discourse, and Community.” Learn more »

Austin Fermentation Festival
Oct 21, 11am-4pm. Join Texas Farmers Markets for a free fest featuring 13 workshops focused on fermented foods and beverages, and more! Learn more »




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