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Everything You Need to Know About Food Safety and SFC Farmers' Markets

If you follow food news closely, it seemed as though 2018 was the year of food-borne illness. Between contaminated lettuce, ground beef, burritos and eggs, it seemed like no food items - from grocery stores to fast casual dining - were left safe. After a study was released by Penn State regarding food safety at farmers’ markets, we at Sustainable Food Center decided to take a look at our farmers’ practices, and our oversight, to make sure we are keeping consumers safe. Keep reading to learn more about how we are working to keep your food safe at the SFC Farmers' Markets, and what you can do to make sure it stays safe on the way to your plate.

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Farm to Plate



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and at Sunset Valley:

  • Escape the Fray: Head to Sunset Valley to stroll the wide clear paths while you shop for hydroponic salad greens, fresh green garlic, bright stalks of rainbow chard and pastured beef. Get in tune with a sound balancing session, grab a piping hot tamale and let the kiddos run free on the big blue blocks of Imagination Playground while tapping your toe to Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents.
  • Or Head On In: If you are Downtown this weekend be sure to remember your yoga mat for free yoga on the lawn with Wanderlust Yoga at noon. If you get there early peruse the lanes for handmade pork tacos, locally sourced iced tea, zingy little microgreens and whole frozen chickens. Bob Appel will be there on the mic from 9-12 singing all your honky tonk favorites.

For information on which vendors will be at market, what products are in season, and more visit our This Week at the Markets webpage »



Meat Curing

12th Annual Farm to Plate
May 9th, 6-9:30pm. Get a taste of the best cuisine Austin has to offer at Farm to Plate. This sip-and-stroll event features delicious bites from over 30 of the best Austin chefs who are dedicated to supporting our area farmers. Farm to Plate also features artisan cocktails, local wines and craft beers, fun interactive activities, music, photo booth, silent auction and more! Buy tickets »

We're Hiring! SFC Farmers' Market Associates
Spend Saturday mornings outside eating delicious food, engaging in conversation with your neighbors, and helping farmers and ranchers make a living. Learn more »

SFC on Good Day Austin
This week on our segment with FOX 7 Austin, Chef Jennifer Costello and Chef Chris Hurley of The Bonneville demonstrated Crispy Pork Rillettes with Spiced Pear Mostarda, featuring pork from Peach Creek Farms, and talk about their restaurant and participation in our upcoming Farm to Plate benefit. Watch the video »



GAVA North Austin Organizer
Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA)is looking for an organizer to build key relationships with residents and community stakeholders in North Austin. Learn more »

Bubbles, Brunch, and (Goat) Babies at Bee Tree Farm!
March 23rd. Join Antonelli's Cheese Shop for brunch at Bee Tree Farm. Learn more »

Seedling Social
March 30th. Slow Food Austin and PEAS Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability are planning a fun Seedling Social garden party for adults and kids alike. Come out for food, fun, music, kids’ activities, gardening information, and more. Learn more »

East Austin Urban Farm Tour
April 14th. Sip, eat and stroll on four working urban farms - Boggy Creek Farm, HausBar Urban Farm and GuestHaus, Rain Lily Farm, and Eden East Farm - all located within walking / biking distance of one another in the heart of East Austin. Proceeds benefit the farms and Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. Learn more »





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