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Healthy, Seasonal Dishes

Cook Local this Holiday Season - Ideas for Healthy, Seasonal Dishes

Congrats, you did it! Your backyard or community garden plot has survived the first freeze, and you’re ready to start harvesting a winter bounty of brassicas, greens, root veggies and more.

But what are you supposed to do with all of these fresh, home-grown goodies when it feels like everyone around you is gearing up for a sugar-fueled month of indulgence? Get creative! Try incorporating local, healthy foods into your classic holiday dishes. Keep reading for our ideas on healthy, seasonal dishes and food swaps. Your stomach will thank you, and so will the environment!

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Fundamentals of Healthy Home Cooking



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown:

  • Rooting for You: Colder weather brings about a shift in seasonal produce, and on farms now most of the activity is below the surface. Stock your pantry with the season’s root vegetable crops for slicing on salads, stewing in soups, and snacking on hand-to-face. Animal Farm has their sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichoke) coming into the market this weekend - a root loved for its sweet, nutty, lightly earthen tone. Amongst other rooted options at market are carrots, turnips, and radishes from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
  • Stock Your Sweets: The holidays are upon us, and with them come the right to indulge! Looking for a tasty morning treat? Try the Chelsea buns from Cake and Spoon. Looking for French confection, made with local farm products? Try the award winning croissants, tartes, meringues, and other pastries from Julie Myrtille Bakery. With the fall weather zig-zagging on us, it’s still a good idea to have some of the vegan ice cream from Luv Fats in your fridge for a warm day, with hot mandazi coming soon to serve as a cone. Speaking of vegan, have you tried the pies from Happy Vegan Bakery? They’re taking orders for Christmas pies now!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley:

  • Don’t Chicken Out: Farmers’ market eggs are known for being the best around, and for good reason! They’re fresher, richer, and come from sustainable local farms. The farmers serving them up at Sunset Valley this weekend are Richardson Farms, Hairston Creek, and Shirttail Creek. Looking for duck eggs? Grab them from Party Fowl Farm!

    Don’t let Thanksgiving ward you off of fowl meals, Dewberry Hills Farm is back at market to give you the bird this weekend! Far from being rude, Jane and Terry run some of the best birds in the biz and want to get them to you at the market this Saturday. Come on down early and grab one of their popular whole chickens before they’re all gone!

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 »



Farm to Plate Early Bird On Sale

Odd Duck Anniversary Party
Dec 10, 6-9pm. Celebrate another year of Odd Duck with their Trailer Throwback Anniversary Party. Expect your favorite trailer food from the days of yore, like the world famous pork belly sliders. Wash it all down with beer and cocktails from the bar. Entry into the party is a minimum $35 door — which includes food and select drinks. Proceeds cover January vendor fees for farmers and ranchers at SFC Farmers' Market, assisting them during a slow harvest season of the year. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Ben Hollander of Casper Fermentables and Evan LeRoy of LeRoy & Lewis talk about their partnership and products you can find our SFC Farmers' Markets while they make a Korean BBQ dish. Watch the video »

Holiday Gift Certificates
Give the gift of local food education this holiday season! Gardening and cooking class gift certificates are available for immediate download in our online merch store. The perfect stocking stuffer for the novice foodie in your life. Shop now »



Help Green Gate Farms Move!
Green Gate Farms/New Farm Institute needs help moving its east Austin farm to its Bastrop location by December 31st. You can donate or volunteer your time. Learn more »

Beer and Cheese Tasting with 512 Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese
Dec 13, 6:30-9:30pm. Join Slow Food Austin for the Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event. Proceeds benefit Slow Food Austin. Learn more »

Spring Registration Open for ACC's Sustainable Agriculture Course
ACC's Sustainable Agriculture Program offers courses that focus on ecological farming, quality of life and farm profitability. Learn more »

TOFGA Conference
February 14-16. At the 2019 Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Conference you'll enjoy two days of interactive learning sessions, pre-conference workshops and farm tours, and a keynote speech by Ellen Polishuk. Early bird registration ends January 10th. Learn more »






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