Petal Ink Farm Visit Greenhouses

Stories from the Farm

Sustainable Food Center is headed back to the land. This year our Farm Direct team will be visiting all 38 farms and ranches selling at our SFC’s Farmers’ Markets and through Farm to Work. This adds up to a total of 4,100 miles across Central Texas, which is equivalent to driving from SFC to Anchorage, Alaska!

We are blessed to work with many amazing agricultural producers across the vast and varied landscapes of Central Texas, from Cat Spring to Fredonia and Mexia to Seguin, and everywhere in between. Farm visits are the best way to hear and experience the farm story firsthand, as well as capture pictures to share with shoppers, supporters, and regional and national partners.

Farm visits provide context to better understand what makes each farmer and rancher unique, such as sustainable growing practices and unique operational features. Farm visits are also important to help us understand the challenges associated with growing and raising food in this region, in hopes that SFC can identify ways to step in and provide support to help producers thrive.

Below are just a couple highlights of what we’ve seen and heard so far. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (SFC Farmers’ Market and Sustainable Food Center) and Instagram (@sfcfarmersmarket and @sfclocal) to keep up with our farm and ranch travel logs!

And come down to markets and meet these farming and ranching superstars for yourself: SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown and SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley every Saturday rain or shine, from 9am – 2pm.

Petals Ink

Petals Ink Farm Visit Marigolds

Marigolds from Petals Ink Farm

Located on 7 acres in Manor, Petals Ink is a local flower grower who recently joined our SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown. Along with growing mixed varieties of seasonal flowers and arranging lovely bouquets for market, Petals Ink also hosts workshops on their stunningly beautiful farm, from photography and painting to flower arrangement and holiday portraits. Visit their website for more information.

B5 Farm

B5 Farm Visit Greenhouse

Greenhouses built by hand on B5 Farm

A longtime SFC Farmers Market vendor, B5 Farm owner Jamey Gage comes from a long line of Central Texas ranchers and farmers. Jamey’s most recent exciting endeavor is grafting roughly 600 tomato plants for hardiness and high productivity. The successful plants will be transplanted this September into greenhouses he built himself. Keep an eye out for these special tomatoes coming up at Market!