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Esperanza Farm Aquaponic farm
Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, Sept 26
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.

DOWNTOWN: Meet the fine folks from Esperanza Farms this weekend as they begin their foray into the Downtown market. All the lettuces and herbs grown at this farm use aquaponics, with less harmful runoff, less water usage, and more consistently gorgeous heads of lettuce for you all year round. To keep on the light and fresh train stop in at Austin Kefir Microbrewery for a bottle of effervescent, probiotic, non-alcoholic beverage. Try the original flavor to get a sense of the cool and crisp bubbles, and make sure to try the rose for something special.

SUNSET VALLEY: Do you often find yourself shopping hungry at the markets? Never fear, Metcalf BBQ is here! With over 20 years of barbecue experience these native Austinites are onsite slinging brisket, beef sausage, pork ribs and even breakfast tacos. Take your plate to the grassy area just outside of market to have a socially distanced picnic with your family this weekend. On your way out, make sure to peruse the selection of houseplants from Love Succs! With ready to go arrangements of low maintenance cacti and succulents for you to spruce up your home office or drop off to a friend in need.

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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Around the Country: How Farm Aid Partners are Coping with COVID-19 in 11 States
Recently, we wrote to our partners at Farm Aid about the impact that COVID-19 has had on our programs and the farmers we work with. Read our report under the Texas section!

Wheatsville Members - Vote for SFC!
Vote by Nov 20. Calling all Wheatsville co-op members! SFC is on the ballot for Wheatsville’s Community Action Program, and we need your support. Cast your vote for SFC and help us receive this wonderful funding from our friends at Wheatsville.
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"Farmshare Austin is now selling low-cost organic produce, pantry staples for home delivery"
By Addie Broyles, Austin360 - On Sept. 25, Farmshare Austin is relaunching its Fresh for Less home delivery service, which allows Austinites to order low-cost fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and pantry staples online for delivery.

"This Digital Cookbook Showcases the Beauty of African Diaspora Cooking"
By Korsha Wilson, Food and Wine - For the chefs who shared their recipes in this free collection, food isn't just sustenance—it's a source of solace and resistance.

"‘Kiss the Ground’ Review: Regenerating Hope for the Climate"
By Natalia Winkelman, New York Times - An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.
Eggplants at the market
We'll be sharing recipes to cook, terms you should know, and more in our weekly selection!
Recipe: 5 Dishes to Remind You That Eggplant Is Delicious
Are you making the most of eggplant season? Mark Bittman has 5 delicious recipes for this often underappreciated vegetable.

Conference Recommendation: Farm & Food Leadership Conference
Registration is now open for the first-ever virtual conference from Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting our farms and our food as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture.




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