Hello, Are You New Here? Allow us to (Re)Introduce Ourselves

Trying to describe HOPE Farmers Market to someone who hasn’t experienced it is quite a challenge. Simply calling it a “Farmers Market” falls a little short. While it is indeed a farmers market, with offerings from growers like Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Yard to Market Co-op (featured here on our website), it also has live music provided by local and visiting musicians (HOPE FM Live); artists and artisans offering their wares; a Little Free Library (currently brimming with cookbooks); and supervised creative free play for the little ones at the Imagination Playground, courtesy of Austin Parks Foundation. Oh, and a weekly free yoga class (No mat? No problem! There are loaners available).

Austin Pierogi Company Pierogis

Vendors offer coffee, tea, kombucha, and all kinds of delicious prepared food, from pierogis to handmade tortillas. The Market also has community programs, too, like volunteers to help you register to vote or learn how to compost, garden, or cook. Sometimes there are pet adoptions or petting zoos. There are countless surprises and delights around every corner, many of them free, and all of them guaranteed to make your Sunday Funday a good one.

Featured on The Daily Meal’s 2015 list of America’s 10 Best Farmer’s Markets, HOPE FM has been an important touchstone in East Austin’s vibrant and dynamic community for the past seven years. Our focus on making an inviting, inclusive space for everyone makes bilingual programming common–ranging from children’s storytimes offered in both English and Spanish to live mariachi music en español to special events like hosting visiting performers and artisans from Saltillo, Mexico (Austin’s sister city).

Some of our regulars at a Varu Creative Photo Booth

If you’ve never visited, or if it’s been awhile, this Sunday will be a great time to come explore the market and join our 7th Birthday Celebration, complete with a cupcake walk and birthday cake! Come listen to the Dead Music Capital Band, let your Littles enjoy story time with Babas Bilingual Books, try doing some Acro Yoga, and make sure you remember it all by stopping into the VARU Creative photo booth before you leave.

And if you have shared some Sundays with us and are looking for ways to strengthen your community ties, consider performing with us, applying to be a vendor, or volunteering some of your time and talent to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.

Come on by our HOPE Night Market coming Friday October 28th from 6-10pm, featuring live music, a costume contest, live t-shirt screen printing, face and body painting, free drink tokens for Volstead Lounge and so much more!

“Like” HOPE Farmers Market’s Facebook Page to find out about upcoming events and to get the lineup of vendors and performers every Friday.

What do you like best about the market? Share your favorites in the comments.

Elizabeth Vega writes about her personal finance journey, school bus conversion plans, and general efforts at living a happy, socially responsible life at LittleHippieHouse.com.


First Annual Mexico Day, Recap!

For the first time ever, the HOPE Farmers Market formally highlighted Austin’s sister-city connection with Saltillo, Mexico!

On May 5, we hosted this first-ever “Mexico Day” celebration, in conjunction with the Austin Sister-Cities program to acknowledge the international relationship at the place that best exemplifies it all–Plaza Saltillo! Upon its beginnings, the Plaza was actually inaugurated by a visiting delegation from Saltillo, Mexico, for which it was named. The City of Saltillo even donated the ornate traditional Saltillo benches you see at the Plaza every Sunday!

To contribute to this special day, we hosted 3 vendors from both Saltillo & Monterrey that showcased products like jams, candies, nut butters & sauces, thus connecting with food artisans in cities just 6 hours away! As we’ve mentioned before here on our blog, we aim to support our regional food system, which doesn’t necessarily end at 50 miles, 100 miles, or even at the border. We also hosted an incredible 9-person choir from Saltillo, who sang in traditional Mexican dress, and was accompanied by local Mariachi band, Mariachi Los Toros. How fitting for the day before Cinco de Mayo!

We can’t wait for another chance to host these fantastic vendors, artists & musicians again and hope that by doing so, we can all encourage everyone to look beyond borders and further this sister-city relationship. Stay tuned for more…

And for highlights of Mexico Day, be sure to take a peak at our Photo Recap here!



We’re on the Road!

We’ve got news. The Mobile Farm Stand is getting its finishing touches this week & is ready for its debut!

Although we still have a few things to figure out along the way like weekly routes, sourcing and what kind of wind chime to attach (seriously!), we got an invitation we couldn’t pass up so we’re taking it out on the road tomorrow! Find us popped-up at Kealing Middle School’s Spring Picnic this Saturday, May 13 and see the Mobile Farm Stand for yourself among the Picnic’s potluck, chef demos & community quilt. We’ll be there from 10am-3pm so come say hello! Find Kealing Middle School at 1607 Pennsylvania Drive.

And if you’d like more background on why we started the project and how it got built, be sure to check this great article, “HOPE Rolls Out Bike-Powered Farm Stand” by the Austin Chronicle.

CONTACT: Have interest in hosting the stand or a recurring pop-up market? Talk to us: mobilefarmstand@hopefarmersmarket.org 

Today’s The Day!

We’ve all been waiting for this day.

Starting at 6pm tonight, we’re officially taking donating to fund our Mobile Farm Stand! We’ll have just 24 hours to make it happen, so every little bit helps. Here’s how:

1) Give

Donate to HOPE FM!

Click HERE to land on our donation page. Any amount is a huge help towards funding our Mobile Farm Stand. Your donation is also tax-deductible & just feels really good!

2) Brag

Spread the word!

Tell em all how you supported us. Find @hopemarketatx to include us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

3) Celebrate!

Happy Hour on us!

Join us this Friday at Center 61, from 4pm-6pm, for for free beer, food and lots of great company with the folks behind 20+ local nonprofits. Help us ring in our donations these last 2 hours of Amplify Austin!

Time to Mobilize: Amplify HOPE FM!

Few times in the year do we round up our market fans, followers & supporters. But spring has sprung and it’s time to Amplify!

This month, we’ll again be participating in Austin’s largest nonprofit fundraising program: Amplify Austin. Acting as a 24-hour “festival of giving”, the program challenges the community to donate to their favorite non-profits, providing the chance for Austinites to give together. Last year, over 300 local nonprofits felt Austin’s giving power when $2.8 million dollars was collectively raised!

Lets see what we can do this year, together. We encourage you to read up about our funding goals on our donation page and stay tuned for our updates on HOPE FM projects that need your support.

Whatever the reason, we hope you’ll consider choosing HOPE Farmers Market! Here’s a few ways you can help us get started:

  • Schedule a donation. This year you can  support us early & secure your donation ahead! Simple & sure.
  • Mark your calendar. Join us for a donation celebration on March 21! Hosted by Center 61 with free drinks.
  • Spread the news. Share our page with friends & family. Every little bit helps & is appreciated, big-time!

24 hours of giving is just around the corner!

 So find our Amplify Page and get ready.

Dog Days of Summer BBQ Bash & Fundraiser
Come join the HOPE Farmers Market family in kicking off the dog days of summer this Friday August 2nd. We will celebrate the glory of the Texas summer the best way we know how: farm fresh food, cold drinks, great music and art!
Some of the highlights…
+ Tink Pinkard will be roasting a Windy Hill Farm goat for this summer’s best Goat Tacos!
+ Farm Fresh Veggies, Appetizers & Sides from local chefs and farms.
+ Iced Tea, Cold Beer from Shiner & Treaty Oak Cocktails
+ Live Music and Square Dancing from the Barn Owl Band
+ Live Auction with our resident (goat) auction expert, Ty from Windy Hill Farm!
+ HOPE Play Art Station & Piñata for the kids!
+ An Awesome Location, Sustain Center! Located next to Callahan’s General Store, at 443 S. Batrop Hwy.
+ For event updates, be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook Event Page.
Tickets will be available at the event but purchasing your ticket prior helps us out! Get your ticket today!
Dog Days of Summer Event Tickets: Find them online here.
This end of the summer event is being held to raise funds to support HOPE FM’s programming so we can continue growing our market to better serve our community. We look forward to bringing the HOPE FM community together with food, music and fun! 
Earth Day Kids Panel: What’s it like to live on a farm?


The HOPE Farmers Market and HOPE Play will be hosting a live stage panel discussion with Jimmy, Ada, Drew and Lila of the Johnson’s Backyard Garden family. Ray Ray Mitrano of HOPE Play will ask questions about what it is like to live on a farm near a city and answers will be both discussed and drawn!

Bring a picnic blanket, grab some food and enjoy Earth Day with us at noon.

For the latest updates see the event page.

Q&A to follow


Amplify Austin Happy Hour: March 5

Amplify Austin Day is quickly approaching – next Mon-Tues! Refresher: we’re teaming up with other local nonprofits to collectively raise over $1 million in 24 hours. Any funds raised by the HOPE FM will go to support site improvements to Plaza Saltillo, the construction of our Mobile Farm Stand, and other community outreach projects this spring. Please consider supporting us, and spread the word to other HOPE FM fans you know!

Amplify Austin Happy Hour
To celebrate a successful day of giving… join us at Center 61 next Tuesday for the last 2 hours of Amplify AustinHappy Hour 5-7pm! It’s a great opportunity to drink a beer (free from Hops & Grain!), chat with HOPE FM staff, and learn about the other organizations we work with. 
Save the Date to Support HOPE FM: Next Tuesday, March 5! RSVP>>