Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grand Opening of SFC Farmer's Market in Austin

Man, I am super excited about this! There is just nothing greater to me than walking around a farmer's market on a spring day. As I've said before, nothing beats a fresh tomato.

 Being from Dallas, originally, I am used to one massive farmers market that is open from early spring to early fall, seven days a week. Austin is a great area to get locally grown food. I'm finding out there there are several farmers markets that are open certain days a week, all year long! This one in particular that is opening this coming Tuesday is part of Austin's Sustainable Food Center. This is the fourth farmer's market they will be opening, and will be open every Tuesday from 10-1. Check out this little blurb from ( A FANTASTIC website for those in the area, especially SAHMs.)

Join the Sustainable Food Center and other excited Austinites in celebrating the grand opening of SFC's fourth farmers' market, the SFC Farmers' Market East, on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The new market will be a year round market located at the YMCA East Communities Branch, and will operate weekly every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Local farmers and dignitaries from the City of Austin, St. David’s Foundation, the State of Texas Department of Agriculture, Dept. of State Health Services, Travis County, YMCA of Austin and local state legislator Eddie Rodriguez will help kick off the event at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks and an official bell ringing ceremony. The event is FREE and open to the public. 

The East market will showcase at least 10 vegetable and fruit farmers, along with several ranchers and farmers who will bring meats, eggs, honey and dairy. The March 20 kick-off will include special music, cooking and tastings, kids activities, door prizes and giveaways, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a tasting tent with short cooking demos featuring recipes from The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Allegre.

Along with the festivities, the SFC Farmers' Market East will feature incentives such as the Double Dollar Incentive Program, where shoppers who use their WIC and SNAP fruit and vegetable benefits will receive matching dollars.

YMCA East Communities Branch
5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd (51st & 183)
Austin, TX 78723

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