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Lapsed Farm Bill Hurts Central Texas Farmers and Low-income Families

The deadline for Congress to renew the Farm Bill has come and gone. Every additional day they delay in passing a new one is a day without funding for critical programs. Earlier this week, our Deputy Director, Joy Casnovsky, spoke with the Union of Concerned Scientists about how federally-funded programs in the farm bill have helped make a difference in communities throughout Texas, and what’s now at stake.

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Butchery for the Home Cook



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Oct. 6th from 9am-1pm:

  • New Vendor Alert! Better Provisions is bringing ancient and heritage grains to the home cook with their baking mixes. Made with flour sourced through Barton Springs Mill, pick up a bag of pancake, cookie or scone mix this Saturday. We are also excited to invite Zahavah Jewelry to the Downtown market this weekend! Michelle Laviolette creates custom sterling, gold and bronze filled pieces inspired by her love of nature and architecture.
  • Early Bird: Make sure to head to the markets early this weekend for a handful of bunches of asparagus from Texas Food Ranch! If you missed out on these tender stalks, grab a handful of pickling cucumbers, a smattering of baby eggplant or a rainbow of sweet and hot peppers for dinner this week.
  • For the Kids: Head to the deck this weekend and you might be able to catch a performance by Austin’s youngest soloists, the students from Songbird Rising! The troupe is stopping by once again to captivate audiences with their pint-sized talent. From 9-10:30am!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Oct. 6th from 9am-1pm:

  • New Vendor Alert! Madhu Chocolate was founded with the hope of bringing the beautiful, elegant flavor of Indian spices to the masses through their rich bars of chocolate. Stop by to gaze at the beautiful packaging, then pick up a bar of masala chai, rose pistachio or saffron milk chocolate for later. Lea Smith Designs will also be starting at Sunset Valley this weekend and will bring her abstract and geometric jewelry. All pieces are handmade, beautifully imperfect and inspired by the city of Austin..
  • Get Aligned: Sunset Valley is all about wellness this weekend! First drop in for a session with ATX Sound Balancing to correct any imbalances in your energy field. Then head to Chillax Massage for a quick Ashiatsu massage to work out any additional kinks. Meanwhile, you can drop the kiddos at Bliss Kid Yoga for free classes at 10am and 11am!

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 »



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

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, JoAnn Smotherman of Eden's Cove Farm demonstrated a simple way to cure and prepare bacon. 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 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 »



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 »

Fermentation Fest #6 at the ABGB
Oct 27, 12pm-12am. Join Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co and Edible Austin for another Fermentation Fest! Learn more »

Johnson's Backyard Garden Fall Open House
Oct 27, 4:30pm-7pm. Celebrate the Fall harvest with JBG! Enjoy farm tours, picnic, petting zoo, art and more! Learn more »




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