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Springing Forward at the Texas Capitol

Spring has sprung at the Texas Capitol! The birds are chirping, the peach trees are blooming, and yours truly (Alex Canepa) is sweating buckets in a necktie. One thing we aren’t sweating is S.B. 776, a bill recently filed by state Senator Judith Zaffirini that would create a full-time position (known as an “ombudsman”) in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. This person would be tasked with helping small farmers, ranchers, food businesses, and farmers markets navigate the byzantine world of permits, programs, and state agencies. Keep reading to learn more about why we support this bill.

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Farm to Plate



SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and at Sunset Valley:

  • Self-Care Saturday: While you are at market strolling the aisles and picking up fresh produce for the week ahead, make sure to find a little something just for you. Fresh lavender goat’s milk soap, a matcha infused face mask, or a new wild-harvested herbal tincture might be just what you need for a brand new you this spring. Make sure to swing by the deck this weekend to catch Songbird Rising’s performance!
  • What’s the Buzz? Stop by market this weekend to catch up with Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey and hear her talk about raising backyard bees and what you can do to attract these friendly pollinators to your backyard. Check out some of our sweetest vendors after that for stress relieving CBD honey, soothing beeswax candles, locally made chapsticks and jugs of fresh honey!

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



HEB and EarthShare Tearpad Coupons

HEB & EarthShare
May 27 - April 30. In recognition of Earth Day, H-E-B has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. Customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill to support EarthShare of Texas and over 3 dozen environmental nonprofits in Texas, including SFC! Just look for the tearpad display at your local HEB and Central Market stores.

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. 100% of the proceeds benefit SFC and our programs that work to support local agriculture and increase healthy food access in Austin. Buy tickets »



JBG Spring Potluck
March 30th. Join Johnson's Backyard Garden for a traditional Community Potluck... just like they did when the farm was just getting started. 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 Garden Fair
April 13th. Features more than 50 booths representing a variety of gardening and related topics, as well as a plant giveaway, free gardening materials and complimentary soil testing. 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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