With an increasing number of options for local food purchasing crowding the field – more farmers’ markets, new home delivery services, retailers and grocery stores, and more – it’s sometimes difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
Not Your Average Farmers' Market
1. Producer-only – this is Rule #1.
Seriously – this is the first rule listed in our market policy, and is strictly enforced to ensure that customers are buying directly from farmers and ranchers and that local producers can avoid contending with peddlers and importers.
2. Mission driven
Our markets are rooted in SFC’s mission that emphasizes “strengthening our local food system.” The connection between farmers and customers is vital to that mission.
3. Food Access
Another element of the SFC mission is that we improve access to nutritious and affordable food. Our SNAP, WIC, and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program ensure that folks can use their benefits to support local farmers, and SFC’s Double Dollar Incentive Program helps families’ food dollars stretch further.
4. Farm Direct connections
In addition to sales through farmers’ markets, vendors at SFC markets also have access to sales channels though the SFC Farm Direct program – Farm to Work, Farm to Cafeteria, Farm to School, and Farm to Family.
5. Educational programs
6. Family fun
More than just a shopping trip, excursions to SFC Farmers’ Markets offer the opportunity to hear great local music, meet with friends, and let the kids enjoy our children’s activities, like Kid’s Kitchen Chef Club, Imagination Playground at our SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley or the playground generously provided by Austin Parks Foundation at our Downtown market.
Those are just some of the reasons that SFC Farmers’ Markets are unique. Why do you like the SFC Farmers’ Markets?
Please share this list – and add your own ideas!