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Highlights, Vendors, Events and more. Downtown and Sunset Valley - Sat, October 3
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: Grab your canvas bags and head to greengrocer row Downtown. Find deep orange persimmons at Lightsey Farms both the fuyu and hachiya varieties are available. No idea how to enjoy a persimmon? Wait until they are soft to the touch and then peel back and scoop out the honey flavored flesh. Great in smoothies, spread onto fresh bread, or eaten by hand. Johnson’s Backyard Garden is starting to see greens flourish again in our recent rains and mild weather, but the real star of the show is tiny purple eggplant that fry up in just a few minutes on a hot skillet and go great with rice bowls, on top of creamy pasta, or as a garnish to your morning eggs.

SUNSET VALLEY: Cooler temps have us dreaming of sweater weather and preparing for cold and flu season. At Sunset Valley this weekend pick up a bottle of homemade elderberry syrup (or elderberry gummies) from Respect Your Elderberries for an antioxidant 1-2 punch that will keep you healthy and sniffle free. The second step in this process is to head to Shirttail Creek Farm for whole chicken (plus a bag of chicken feet) to whip up a batch of nutrient dense and soothing bone broth for the upcoming chilly months.

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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"Why Eating Local Could Help Prevent Widespread Food Disease Outbreaks"
By Kayla Stewart, HuffPost - COVID-19 and these latest salmonella outbreaks both highlight the value of smaller, regional distribution networks for fresh food and offer an opportunity to reevaluate how we eat.

"How 4 deeply rooted farms stayed strong for their communities amid COVID-19"
By Taylor Behrendt-Rhodes , Cameron Harrison & Joel Lyons, Good Morning America - Ahead of Farm Aid 2020, meet these dedicated family and community farmers, who pivoted and have stayed afloat during the pandemic.

"Food Insecurity In The U.S. By The Numbers"
By Christianna Silva, NPR - Before the pandemic, the number of families lacking consistent access to enough food had been steadily falling. Today, new estimates point to some of the worst rates of food insecurity in years.
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We'll be sharing recipes to cook, terms you should know, and more in our weekly selection!
Recipe: Stuffed Acorn Squash
Butternut squash is a fall favorite, but make sure you don't miss all the other winter squash varieties! Acorn squash can be the perfect size and shape for filling with other fall flavors, and this recipe from Delish does the trick!

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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