The Beet

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From The Happy Kitchen Cookbook, Fresh Seasonal Recipes. Makes 3 cups.


  • 1 cup brown rice*
  • 2¼ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Rinse the rice under cold...
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During these uncertain times, it’s great to keep up with any healthy habits that you can. Try to put together balanced meals with whole grains, lean protein, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Limit added sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages. Take walks and explore your options for at-home exercise. However, this is probably not the best time to be lingering in the grocery stores, reading labels, and debating the healthiest options.


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Updated March 31st

With the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic setting in, we have compiled a list of food access resources for our Central Texas community. From farmers' markets, CSA's, delivery options, and everything in between, we will continually update this blog with a list of ways you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table at home.

Markets and COVID

To our valued SFC Farmers’ Market community:

Thanks to an order passed by the Travis County Judge, we are considered a critical healthy food access point during the COVID-19 crisis and will remain open to the public.

Both our Downtown and Sunset Valley markets will be open on Saturdays from 9-1. In addition,...

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Updated Wednesday, March 18 at 3:40 pm

At SFC, we’re taking seriously the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community – our staff and volunteers, our partner agencies, and our program participants. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone stays healthy during this rapidly evolving public health situation. We are also concerned about the economic impact on local growers as well as the food access...

Chopping Beets

Food insecurity. Food desert. Food access.

Have you heard these words before, and not really understood what they meant? Over the years at SFC, we have spent a lot of time talking to you about “food access”, but what does it really mean?

From location to affordability, cultural relevancy to cooking skills, today we’re breaking down the 4 key barriers to accessing healthy, local food along with our...

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At SFC, we are passionate about the work we do support our local, family farmers and increase access to healthy, local food. So to get ready for Amplify Austin this week, our Communications Director checked in with some of our staff to learn more about what they're working on.

Watch our Behind the Scenes video series...

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Spring is approaching and with it come tables laden with snappy greens, gem-colored roots, pastel eggs and sweet strawberry pints. Beyond this abundant display also lie the seeds of resistance.

Did you know purchasing local food from small businesses is a radically important act? Shopping directly from farmers benefits your health, your community, your city and the environment.

Here are our top 3 reasons why you need to make a...

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You may have heard the 2020 Census is about to begin. Soon, we will be asked to fill out census forms and mail them back in or hear a knock on our door asking us to verbally take the census. Our government gathers this information every ten years to better understand our population and needs, which influence policies, funding, and more.

There is also is a lesser-known census completed every 5 years: the USDA agricultural census that...

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At the start of every New Year, we are bombarded with messages telling us how we should improve our lives: we should exercise more, eat healthier, and set ambitious goals for bettering ourselves. And yet every year by February our gym routines decline, our eating habits return, and our shiny goals fade away into the day-to-day.

This year, rather than focusing on changing yourself, we are encouraging you to focus on what you can change...

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This year show your friends and loved ones how much you care with some unique and delicious gifts right from the market. Every time you purchase a stocking stuffer or hostess gift from the SFC Farmers’ Markets you support local farmers and artisans and help our local economy thrive.

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Founded almost 45 years ago with a primary goal to teach people to grow their own food, Sustainable Food Center has been able to do so much because of the support from people just like you.

To meet the growing needs of our local food system, in 2019 and beyond we’re pivoting to focus more upstream to deal with the systemic and policy issues surrounding farm viability and food access and education.

While the future will bring a...


This Thanksgiving, try a recipe from our Happy Kitchen cookbook, "Fresh, Seasonal Recipes". This take on cornbread features fresh corn and bell peppers for a different twist on a seasonal favorite.

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Commitment to caring for our land and feeding our community is what drives Katherine Tanner and Bradley Ottmers, farmers of Hat and Heart Farm. A 6th generation farming family, this pair each have deep roots to Fredericksburg, TX. Bradley was raised on the farm that is now Hat and Heart and strives to apply the lessons he learned from his father and the...

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It’s 7:00 am on a Saturday morning. Farmers are rolling into the parking lot of the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and unloading their goods onto tables.

Freshly picked bundles of spinach line up next to pastel arrays of radishes and chalkboard signs in the shape of chickens advertise fresh eggs for sale. Everything looks beautiful, tastes amazing, and is sold by small family farmers...


If there’s one thing we know at SFC, it’s that we are always learning. We are learning about new issues and complexities within our food system. We are learning to adapt to the changing needs of our growing city, and we are learning about the best ways to support our farmers and most effectively increase access to healthy, affordable food. Learning is so intrinsic to who we are as an organization, that we recently set it as one of our...

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Building connections between local farmers and shoppers has been one of the core components of Sustainable Food Center’s mission since our inception. One of the best examples of this work in action has been our Farm to Work project.

Over the last 12 years, we worked hard to build an innovative program that brought healthy, local food directly to employees at local businesses. But as our program has grown and changed, so has the...

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Healthy food is a human right. No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting a healthy dinner on the table. According to the USDA, last year 11.1% of Americans experienced food insecurity caused by economic, racial and social disparities. That’s a staggering 14.3 million people who do not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.

Here in Austin, these numbers are significantly...

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Our Grow Local program hosted another fun and fruitful Spread the Harvest Resource Giveaway Day on September 19, during which 336 Central Texas gardens—216 low-income household gardens, 94 school gardens, and 26 community and group gardens—received resources to kick off their fall gardening efforts.

The Spread the Harvest project helps Central Texans...

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Sustainable Food Center’s bold new vision imagines a Texas where SFC works alongside other leaders to develop a food system that benefits small to mid-size farms while supporting our environment and low-income communities.

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For I have no doubt that it is only on the condition of humility before our Planet that our species will be able to remain in it.” – Wendell Berry

We are at a critical moment in time. We face deep environmental harm, ongoing food insecurity and increasing rates of diet-related disease caused by the industrial food system. But it’s not too late to make a difference. We must act now to protect the health of our...

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Recently, we sat down with Ben Hollander, owner of Casper Fermentables, to learn more about him, his products, and how partnering with Sustainable Food Center has helped his business along the way.

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Last year, our agency invested in outside consultation to help us address the critical issues of farmland loss, east Austin displacement and environmental degradation given Austin’s explosive growth. As a result of this 9-month visioning session, and with input from a large number of our partners, we’re pivoting to focus more upstream to deal with the systemic and policy issues surrounding farm viability and food access and education. We also...

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The Texas Legislature, which adjourned last week, delivered multiple wins for local agriculture and the fight against food insecurity. Three of our top priorities passed this session. If signed by the Governor, the following reforms will become law:

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If you follow food news closely, it seemed as though 2018 was the year of food-borne illness. Between contaminated lettuce, ground beef, burritos and eggs, it seemed like no food items - from grocery stores to fast casual dining - were left safe. After a study was released by Penn State regarding food safety...


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