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Bee Field Trip

A Buzz-Worthy New Field Trip Offering in the Teaching Garden!

A vital component of our work at SFC is to engage youth in experiential learning with gardening and food systems. We host over 600 youth per year on field trips at our J.P.’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation Teaching Garden.

In 2015, we added a Teaching Apiary to our Teaching Garden in order to provide education about pollinators and the importance of pollinator-friendly gardening and farming techniques. Since then, we have wanted to find ways to get more kids into the apiary, to actually open up the hives and see what the bees are doing inside.

Now, with help from a The Healthy Hive Foundation grant, we are excited to offer a new field trip opportunity for students to meet a beekeeper and enter the apiary in protective suits and equipment.

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Host Your Holiday Gathering at SFC!



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Sat. Nov. 3rd from 9am-1pm:

  • Poultry In Motion: If you are looking for your next chicken dinner stop by Smith Farms to pick up a whole bird, a pack of thighs or chicken sausage. Make sure to get in your Thanksgiving turkey pre-orders before it’s too late!
  • Of Rice and Men: Leroy and Lewis serves up old school barbeque with a Korean twist Downtown every Saturday. Try the Kimbap, a Korean handroll with brisket, cucumbers, kimchi and egg, or keep it simple with a Ranger Cattle brisket bibimbap.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Sat. Nov. 3rd from 9am-1pm:

  • Gourd Day Austin: Party Fowl Farms has the biggest and best winter squash and pumpkins. Pick up a Georgia Candy Roaster for sheet pans of roasted squash, or a handful of miniature delicate squash for easy additions to any stir fry.
  • Broc O’Clock: The temps are dropping and that means our favorite brassicas are coming back to market! Stop by Johnson’s Backyard Garden this weekend at either market for broccoli, cabbage, kale and bok choy! Also on the table are the first fall tomatoes and the final summer peppers
  • #FallInLoveWithLocal: This month we are celebrating local food with our #FallInLoveWithLocal challenge! Come to the info booth every Saturday to pick up an entry. Winners will get a free turkey from Richardson’s Farm. Winners announced November 9th..

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 New Volunteers!
We need:

  • 2-3 individuals to assist our Grow Local program with childcare and other gardening related needs.
  • Volunteers at our SFC Farmers' Markets:

    The first Saturday of every month, on triple WIC day, to greet customers, help distribute Double Dollars, and collect telephone numbers.

    8 volunteers to fill seasonal/holiday shifts at the Info Booth and Taste the Place at the SFC Farmers' Markets through the winter.

Interested in any of these opportunities? Email Sergio Torres at sergio@sustainablefoodcenter.org and let him know which role you are interested in.

SFC Merchandise - Now Available Online!
SFC merchandise is officially available for purchase on our website! Order hats, shirts, market tote bags, cookbooks, and more all at your convenience. The perfect holiday gift for any local food lover. Shop now »

SFC Farmers’ Market Inspired “Holiday Sides” Cooking Class & Dinner with Chef Ian Thurwachter at Intero
Nov 12, 6:30pm-9pm. In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, join Chef Ian in the Intero kitchen as he shows you how to cook delicious and creative side dishes using all seasonal produce from your local SFC Farmers’ Market locations. Enjoy a glass of wine and finish with dinner. You’ll take home new recipes filled with ingredients you can buy at the SFC Farmers’ Markets just in time to add these dishes to your Thanksgiving celebration! $100.00 ticket purchase includes class, dinner & wine + a portion of ticket sales go in support of SFC. Limited Space Available. Call Intero to reserve your spot 512-599-4052.

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, Chef Bryan Beneke of The Hideaway talks about the restaurant and makes a dish. Watch the video »



Andrews Elementary School Garden Volunteers Needed
Nov 3, 9am-12pm. Lend a hand at the school garden workday to get the garden beds ready for planting and general upkeep. There will be tacos! Bring gloves and tools (labeled as yours) if you have them. If not, they will have some to share. Note: The school is located at 6801 Northeast Dr. Austin, TX 78723. The garden is on Lehigh Dr. by the fire lane. Contact lead teacher JanetRuth Mangum to sign up: janetruth.mangum@austinisd.org.

Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Culinary Tour
Nov 10, 2pm. Take a short drive outside of Austin and get an insiders view of the growing olive oil industry right outside the bustling city. Learn more »

Stories from the Field: A Farming Photography Workshop
Nov 10, 1pm-8pm. Join acclaimed professional photographer Nine Francois as she uses Green Gate Farms for your inspiration. Farm tour, design tips, and light farm-sourced dinner provided. Learn more »

Family Farm Days at Green Gate Farms
Nov 10, Nov 24, and Dec 8. Parents and children can spend the morning exploring this certified organic historic farm and assisting farmers in fields. Learn more »




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