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Fresh for Less: Updates, Highlights and an Announcement

SFC’s Farm Stands, formally known as Fresh For Less Markets under the City of Austin Fresh For Less Initiative, are back in full swing with the start of the new school year!

This year, we are excited to pilot another layer of community-based work by engaging community health workers, or Promotoras, to support outreach for this network of food access and Double Dollars sites.

We are also piloting a new effort with Farmshare Austin to make these Fresh for Less Markets even stronger! Our new pilot market at YMCA North in Rundberg will feature produce as well as local eggs, honey and sell shelf-stable goods like pasta, canned beans, olive oil, and more, all at reduced prices.

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Host Your Holiday Gathering at SFC!



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Oct. 27th from 9am-1pm:

  • Pretty in Pink: And yellow, white, purple and green. Stop by Petals Ink this weekend for a bouquet of the freshest blooms this fall weather has to offer. Expect delicate anenomes, vibrant celosia, a rainbow of zinnias and more.
  • Fizzy Living: Head to Buddha’s Brew for your weekly dose of kombucha. This week’s hot item is Super Roots; chock full of beet juice, carrot, turmeric and ashwaganda. Don’t forget your growler so you can load up on this active and delicious beverage.
  • Never Too Early: Start your Thanksgiving prep early by pre-ordering your Turkey from one of our favorite ranchers! Stop by Smith Farm, Belle Vie Farm and Kitchen, Richardson’s Farm, or Party Fowl Farm to order your bird.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Oct. 27th from 9am-1pm:

  • Treat or Treat: If you have a hankering for gluten free banana bread, homemade Danish or fresh baked coffee cake, look no further than Bradshaw Farms. Grab a pastry for your morning walk around market, and then take home frozen soups and casseroles for dinner all week.
  • Some Chops: Blue Donkey Farm has fresh cut pork loins, chops, and belly cuts for all your porcine creations. For an easy weeknight meal fry up some smoked sausage with a bunch of greens and cubed butternut squash from Hairston Creek Farm for an easy and hearty soup.
  • Get Yer Trees! It’s the annual Neighborwoods 1,000 Tree Giveaway with TreeFolks. In partnership with the City of Austin Austin, they are giving away free trees to any Austin resident and Austin Energy customers. It’s first come, first serve for trees, so come early and bring a copy of your electric bill, a photo ID or a library card to pick up your tree.

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

Wheatsville Coop Owners - Vote for SFC!
We are thrilled to be nominated for Wheatsville's Community Action Partnership program again this year. Each month Wheatsville shoppers can round up their bill at check-out to donate to the partner of the month. These funds are critical to our mission of supporting healthy, local food for all. Voting ends November 9th. Vote now »

Fall for Local Food
Not only can you find all of your favorite fall holiday treats at our SFC Farmers' Markets, but you can win them too! To celebrate leaving summer behind, we are is giving away local turkeys from Richardson Farms through our SFC Farmers' Markets and Farm to Work project. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Tara Chapman from Two Hives Honey taught us how bees make honey and talked about her upcoming Essential Beekeeping Skills: Hive Tour class on November 4th. Watch the video »



Lick's Nothing But '90s Birthday Bash
Oct 26, 9pm-1am. Revel in this totally sweet decade with Lick Honest Ice Creams and The Austin Chronicle as they celebrate Lick's seven delicious years in business. All proceeds from the event will be donated to AIDS Services of Austin. Learn more »

Roots & Wings Festival
Oct 27, 9am-2pm. Austin's well-loved Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day celebrations come together this year for the first Roots & Wings Festival at Zilker Botanical Garden! Wear a nature-themed costume, create nature-themed art, explore with tree climbs and butterfly releases, and enjoy song and dance performances. 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 »

3rd Annual Honey Fest
Oct 27, 3pm-7pm. Texas Keeper Cider and Two Hives Honey are teaming up once again to celebrate all things bees and honey, and the 3rd release of Texas Keeper's limited Honey Thief cyser. Learn more »

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