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Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, July 18
Markets are open this weekend! To keep our vendors, staff and customers safe, we request everyone wear a face covering or mask while in the market area. Please visit our website to learn more about our safety measures.

SUNSET VALLEY: Every good Texan knows the secret to surviving July is a constant flow of crisp sliced melons. Find watermelons, sugar babies, cantaloupe, honeydews and more this weekend at Flame Leaf Farms. Also in stock are plenty of eggplant, summer squash, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes and aromatic bunches of fresh basil, mint, oregano and thyme from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.

DOWNTOWN: Lightsey Farms from Mexia, Texas is serving up southern delights this weekend. Peaches bursting with midsummer sweetness, blackberries, figs, hull peas, zucchini, cucumbers and more can be found at the stand with the red top tent. For something to sop up all this goodness look no further than Casper Fermentables, now bringing homemade bagels, loaves of bread, and the occasional doughnut, along with the roster of pickles and kombucha you already love.

SFC Farmers' Market match SNAP, WIC and FMNP benefits with Double Up Food Bucks! Visit our website for more information on which vendors will be at market, what products are in season, and more.
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SFC events, news, blogs and more.
We're Hiring! Food Access and Education Coordinator
We're looking for a Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating community-based cooking classes, kitchen rentals, and creating marketing materials. This position will also be responsible for filming, editing, and distributing educational videos. All cooking classes will be held virtually this fall due to COVID-19. Apply by August 2nd.

Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series
June 16, July 14, August 18. In this 3-part webinar series, Ellen Polishuk will give farmers all the in's and out's of setting up a wholesale operation. Your $20 registration fee will get you access to all 3 webinars, plus a copy of Ellen's book, Start Your Farm: The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st Century Farmer.

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
Sept 19. If the Covid-19 lockdown inspired you to dig your bike out of the garage to help you stay active, or has you daydreaming about fun community events, consider signing up for the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride!
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"Stark racial disparities emerge as families struggle to get enough food"
By Helena Bottemiller Evich, Politico - The pandemic has left Black and Hispanic households much worse off than white families.

"See That Fridge on the Sidewalk? It’s Full of Free Food"
By Amanda Rosa, New York Times - For many New Yorkers, healthy meals are hard to come by these days. Now activists are stocking refrigerators for those in need.

"Farmers and animal rights activists are coming together to fight big factory farms"
By Ezra Klein, Vox - Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have a new bill, and a new coalition, with far-reaching consequences.
We'll be sharing recipes to cook, terms you should know, and more in our weekly selection!
Recipe: Roasted Peach, Fig + Pecan Vegan Ice Cream
This recipe from Sweet Potato Soul is sure to help us beat the summer heat! Made with a coconut milk base, and combined with seasonal summer ingredients, this recipe does require some planning and equipment. But what better way to spend some time inside than whipping up a delicious sweet treat?

Gardening Tip: Getting Started with Organic Fertilizer and Compost in Your Garden
Do you want to give your garden a boost with compost or organic fertilizer but don't know where to start? In this video, Russell, an SFC Intro to Food Gardening facilitator, shows us the best ways to add nutrients to our garden soil.

Farm Job Alert: Assistant Farm Manager at Farmshare Austin
Farmshare Austin is looking for an Assistant Farm Manager to work on their 10-acre organic farm in Eastern Travis County, and assist with various projects toward their mission of growing a healthy local food community by teaching new farmers, increasing food access and preserving farmland.




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