Sustainable Food Center is proud to announce the grand opening of our fourth farmers’ market, SFC Farmers’ Market East, to be held on Tuesday, March 20th! The grand opening celebration will kick off at 9:30 am, followed by the market hours from 10 am to 1 pm. The fourth market for SFC is located at 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd., at the YMCA East Community Branch (51st & Hwy. 183).
We invite you to join 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 to help kick off the market at 9:30 am with opening remarks and an official bell ringing ceremony to introduce the new market to the community in style!
The opening day of the SFC Farmers’ Market East will host more than a dozen vegetable and fruit farmers that you have come to know and love through our other SFC Farmers’ Markets at Sunset Valley, Downtown and the Triangle, as well as farmers of eggs, cheeses, meats, plants and honey. Prepared food and drinks will also be available from some of the most eco-conscious and locally inspired food vendors in Austin.
In addition to fresh, local and nutritious fruits and vegetables available for sale at the market, there will also be delicious ready to eat foods. Part of the celebration includes a number of children’s activities including “how-to” classes on starting your own seedlings (which the children will then be able to take home), Little Kitchen cooking sessions with kid-friendly, parent-approved recipes, face painting, a farm animal petting pen with a Swede Goat Dairy “kid”, and physical activities and games hosted by the YMCA in their sports field.
The grand opening activities will also include live music by Mariachi Centenario the first two hours, followed by Joe Sundell and the Show and Tellers. Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma Bar y Restaurante will also present a chef’s demonstration at 10:30 am. SFC Taste the Place will also be present to provide produce tastings from the farmers selling at the market.
The new market will be open year-round on Tuesdays, 10 am to 1 pm and also provides a shaded picnic area, playground and plenty of free parking. It is free and everyone is welcome!
YMCA of Austin is the host of the market year round.