The Cane River Green Market was founded in 1999. The Cane River Green Market’s vision has remained the same - to encourage a sustainable future. At the Cane River Green Market, we are hoping to change the way we think about the relationships between our food supply, the environment and our bodies. The Cane River Green Market is managed by the Natchitoches Main Street Program which falls under the City of Natchitoches Department of Programming and Promotions.
The Cane River Green Market Jury Committee consists of community leaders and market patrons with a vested interest in the market's success. The committee meets each season to review all Green Market applications. The committee assists in site visits, vendor follow ups and recruitment. They also meet as needed to discuss upcoming events and the future of the Green Market. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact the Main Street Office.
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Sustainable Food Center - (Austin, TX)
SFC's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment. If you're interested in learning more about the many programs sponsored by SFC, call the main office at 512-236-0074 go to the SFC website, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org
The SFC Farmers' Markets are a project of the Sustainable Food Center (SFC), a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit that creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant, local food system. Currently we host four of the largest weekly farmers' markets in the state of Texas: - Downtown (Saturdays) at Republic Square Park - Sunset Valley (Saturdays) at the Toney Burger Center - East (Tuesdays) at the YMCA at 51st and Hwy 183 - Triangle (Wednesdays) at the Triangle (46th and Lamar)
Our markets are attended by a selection of more than 100 vendors, including local farms and artisans. A wide variety of community members participated in the formation of the original Downtown market in the spring of 2002, including potential consumers, farmers, vendors, business people, government officials and community leaders, with help from a City of Austin feasibility study grant. We received an overwhelmingly positive response and the market was deemed a viable venture. On May 3, 2003, the SFC Farmers' Market Downtown opened to a bustling crowd of 3,500, which propelled SFC Farmers' Market into the top 10% of markets in the nation. Since then we have expanded across Austin to serve our diverse community! A 2011 Consumer Survey revealed that: --57% of the market customers are between 25 to 44 years-old --67% of the market customers at the downtown market are female. --29% of market customers visit the market on a weekly basis. --People go to the downtown farmers' market for specific purposes: --68 % to obtain fruits and vegetables --52 % to support local farms and businesses --39 % to eat a meal --18 % to buy cheese or other dairy products --21 % curiosity --25 % to buy meats --25 % to visit with friends --23 % to buy baked goods --10 % to buy foods for later consumption --5 % to buy crafts / artisan wares --20 % Other --60% of market-goers have started eating vegetables on a more regular basis. --A good portion of the consumers are willing to explore new tastes: --61% tried a new fruit or vegetable, and --28% tried a new recipe that they received at the market. These trends are on the rise all over the country, and we are excited to be a part of the growing movement to promote local, sustainable foods and farms.