Many years ago when the Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market Downtown was still called the Austin Farmers’ Market, we created a tent to educate our wonderful customers about food from the market. Many changes have happened at the Markets since then, but one of the constants has been Taste the Place. SFC is proud of the work our volunteers do each week to offer samples of the amazing foods provided by our market vendors.
Each year as the fall season kicks off and the farms begin to recover from the heat of Texas summer, we get the first taste of fall at all the Taste the Place booths at SFC Markets. Usually this includes a simple sampling of chopped vegetables that allow you to compare whose tomato you like best or try a new vegetable for the first time. But with the help and support of dedicated volunteers the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown team has been able to take this to the next level featuring a sampling of prepared foods they are making on site for you to try, as well.
Paula Arciniega is SFC’s Volunteer Coordinator and she has recruited the team you see at market now. There are three volunteers who have helped us make sampling a flavorful experience, alone well worth a trip to the Market. Annie Baucom, Jake Greenfield and Ken Kruse recently prepared an amazing recipe for an SFC Taste Off market cooking contest, competing against one of our market vendor. And, they won! These volunteers have embodies the SFC mission and bring an amazing energy to volunteerism at SFC. This is our way of saying thank you to Ken, Jake and Annie. So next time you are at any of the SFC Farmers’ Markets, stop by Taste the Place to sample the flavors of the season prepared by our exceptionally talented volunteers.