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Petals Ink Farm Visit

Stories From the Farm

We're headed back to the land. This year our Farm Direct team will be visiting all 38 farms and ranches selling at our SFC’s Farmers’ Markets and through Farm to Work. This adds up to a total of 4,100 miles across Central Texas, which is equivalent to driving from SFC to Anchorage, Alaska!

We are blessed to work with many amazing agricultural producers across the vast and varied landscapes of Central Texas, from Cat Spring to Fredonia and Mexia to Seguin, and everywhere in between. Keep reading for just a couple highlights of what we’ve seen and heard so far.

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Butchery for the Home Cook



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Sept 29th from 9am-1pm:

  • Fall Fest: Head Downtown this weekend for our 2nd Annual Fall Fest! Headlining the day's festivities is Honey Tap, singing powerful ballads and smooth jams destined to get your hips swinging. Next head to the Taste the Place booth for a look inside the traditional three sisters featuring dishes made with corn, beans and squash, plus tasty treats from all over the market. Drop the kiddos off for pumpkin painting and then pose for a pic in our fall themed photobooth!
  • Cool Front: Need a new way to chill? Head to Mineral Health this weekend to invest in some full spectrum hemp oil. These drops are naturally rich in CBD to promote mental, physical and emotional well-being.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Sept 29th from 9am-1pm:

  • Bah-Boom: Hear the drum and bass of the annual CapCity Marching Fest this weekend at the Toney Burger Stadium. Our market will be moving to the Southwest corner of the parking lot, right off the corner of Jones Rd and Ernest Robles Way.
  • Cheesed Off: Come out and grab the best of Richardson Farms’ dairy at both our Sunset Valley and Downtown markets this weekend. Available this weekend are various cheeses, made from their A2 Milk. The selection includes: white cheddar, gouda, pepper jack, asiago, and swiss.

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

We're Looking for Interns!
We are currently seeking interns to support our Grow Local program and Development & Communications deparment. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Chef Jay Huang from Lucky Robot stopped by to talk about his monthly SFC Farmers' Market Taste the Place takeover and how you can make simple dishes with local food. Watch the video »

Aviary 1-year Anniversary
October 4th. Join Aviary Wine + Kitchen as they celebrate their 1-year anniversary, with all proceeds benefiting SFC! The evening will feature a birthday toast with bubbles, noshable snacks from Executive Chef Thomas Calhoun, and full wine and beer service. 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. Learn more »



Action Alert: The Farm Bill
October 6th, 10am-1pm. It’s make or break time for the 2018 Farm Bill. Only a few days remain for Congress to finish a new bill or pass a temporary extension of the old one. Nearly a dozen “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs will be left unable to operate if Congress doesn’t act fast: 140 million dollars for sustainable and organic agriculture, economic development, and beginning and underserved farmer support will literally just disappear. Help us tell Congress this is unacceptable - take just 90 seconds to call your Representative and Senators today! Learn more »

Wheatsville Big Co-op Fair
October 6th, 10am-1pm. Come and visit us at the Wheatsville Big Co-op Fair! We'll be on hand to talk all things SFC, while you enjoy demos from over 25 vendors, free amusement rides, tours of the co-op, live music, and more! Wheatsville Owners - don't forget to vote for SFC as one of the nonprofit Community Action Partners on this year's ballet (voting ends Nov 9th). Learn more »

Austin Food & Wine Alliance Now Accepting 2018 Culinary Grant Applications!
Due October 12. Applications are now being accepted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance for $60,000 in grants to support culinary innovation and community giveback. Are you a culinary innovator? Apply now at austinfoodwinealliance.org! 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. 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 »

Free Seed Swap and Talk at the Austin Central Library
Oct 20, 1-3:30pm. Join Central Texas Seed Library to learn the basics of seed preservation and swap seeds with other gardeners in your community. Come empty-handed or with seeds to share, and leave well informed and with seeds to spare. 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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