Have you been past the Taste Tent on a Saturday at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley? If you have lately, you’ve likely tasted a peach, a tomato, cheese, pesto, figs, and jujubes. Have you noticed the individual behind the table: those folks chopping and preparing those delectable treats?
For the last 2 ½ years, one of those individuals is Liz. She’s been a steady fixture at the Taste Tent, mainly at Sunset Valley, and will talk to just about anybody about fresh and local food and why THIS is the best food.
She grew up shopping at the Farmers’ Markets in Chicago with her mom and they had a “humungous” backyard garden. When she moved to Austin, the first thing she did was check out the local farmers’ market scene. Within a month she was attending the volunteer orientation and 2 weeks later she had her first shift at the Taste Tent and she’s “never looked back”.
When asked about her favorite part of volunteering with SFC, Liz responds, “I love talking to people about food. I love learning about new types of veggies and how to grow and prepare them. I even learned how to make a frittata here.” Liz seems to know everything there is to know about the vendors and farmers at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley. Is there any fruit or veggie that she didn’t know she liked before starting at the market? “Oh man. Golden beets and they are the best!”
Even when she’s not at the Taste Tent, you can find Liz roaming the markets on Saturdays Why? Because she “enjoy[s] giving back to the local farmers and stimulating Austin’s local economy.”
Click on the Volunteer tab of our website to find out more information about how you can become a volunteer like Liz!