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!



SXSW: Listen Local

It’s a big week ahead. Eager tourists will be marching through the streets, live music will be traveling through every city block and you will most likely find yourself waiting in line, in traffic or just waiting for the week to end.

Regardless of how you take this week we trust you’re going to need a chance to relax, which is why we’re hosting a special Sunday Southby Showcase. It’ll be a day of grabbing brunch, watching tourists leave and relaxing to the sounds of great local music.


 We’ll have 3 sweet sets and invite you, your friends & your family to our special FREE showcase:

11am: The Parish Festival (Austin band! mix of folk, jazz & bluegrass)

12pm: DJ Chino Casino (Austin DJ! all sorts of throwback tunes)

2pm: Mother Falcon (Austin band! instrumental collective magic)


Our HOPE FM Vendors will be present as always, giving you the chance to support local during the ever-increasing invasion of SXSW. Stay tuned for market news, updates & photos on our pages via Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Find us everywhere: @hopemarketatx + #hopefarmersmarket

HOPE FM Live Compilation Album: Volume 1

Do you know what goes great with fresh local food?

Fresh, local music! 

The HOPE FM Live Volume 1 Album is out and ready to be heard! With songs donated by The MadisonsCause In EffectThe ChorderoysWhiskey ShiversThe Carper FamilySour BridgesThe State and Lizzy Lehman this album lets you take a little bit of HOPE FM home with you for only $8!

Proceeds from the sale of this album support the HOPE FM Live program which brings fantastic free, live music to the market every Sunday!


@ the HOPE Campaign Booth every Sunday!


and now on itunes!

Each HOPE FM Live Volume 1 download card is printed on plantable seed paper

What is community? Is it helping your neighbor? Supporting your local farmer? Buying an album from your favorite local band? Or is just a fuzzy feeling?

At the HOPE Farmers Market, we believe community is the intersection of all these things. From food to music to art, from families to youngsters, from Mariachi to Folk-Indie, from farmers to bakers, from East Austin to West Austin, community has no limits.

With no limits, this means there is always room to grow. Forging new collaborations, new friends and new ideas around every corner, it’s clear Austin is the perfect place to watch these new roots grow. We’ve been thankful to see so many of these unique intersections at the HOPE Farmers Market, and it happens each Sunday! When Johnson’s Backyard Garden donates seasonal produce to Whiskey Shivers, or to The Blackwells, or to any of our loyal bands who play for the HOPE FM Live music series, we see magic happen. We watch band members divide up their produce “compensation”, and they begin to interact in ways they never have before: revealing their preferences on beets vs. eggplant, fighting over who gets the watermelon, or admitting aloud they’ve never seen an armenian cucumber. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.

If we at the HOPE Farmers Market can provide the opportunity to help plant these seeds each week, then we’ll all be happy campers for generations to come. However, we can’t do it alone, and that’s the beauty of community! It takes a village, and with each single effort, we are all strengthened. So let’s continue this community together, every Sunday on the corner of East 5th & Comal.


Video by the talented Blair Bogin.

Veggies & Vinyl, your new guilty pleasure

You might be the type that frequents the market from time to time, looking for what’s new in season, checking out the pretty people of Austin or just trying to find a playdate for your lonesome dog. Whatever the case, we’re bringing a new music program to the market that will not only breathe unrelenting action into your life every third Sunday of the month but have you drooling for more.

At last, a little used vinyl sanctuary. Starting this Sunday (and every third Sunday of the month) we’ll be hosting this new music program, Veggies & Vinyl, as a way the community to buy, sell or trade used vinyl. We’ve got a great collection so far but are anxious to see to what our cultured Austinites will bring. Read below for our simple guidelines, invite your friends & see you there!

Veggies & Vinyl | 11am-3pm | Every third Sunday of the month

Buy | Grab a record for a $10 donation or grab two for $15

Sell | Donate one vinyl & receive a pair of HOPE sunglasses

Trade | Exchange three records of yours for one of ours


HOPE FM Live: June Calendar

Summer is here, along with the heat, fire ants, and sunburned shoulders. But not to fear, we have a small cure to get you through the first official month of summer: live music!

Grab some Hibiscus Mint Tea from Nile Valley, find some shade (we’re getting umbrellas soon!), sit back and enjoy the best of what Austin has to offer. Live music will be your cherry on top for what looks to be a great summer ahead. Take a look at our June Calendar to get a glimpse of who’s playing this month & join us at Plaza Saltillo!

This Sunday, check out:

Four Fights Per Pint for HOPE FM Live

1:30 pm at Plaza Saltillo

Sunday, June 9

ATX Music presents: HOPEFM Live! First Sundays

The start of something beautiful usually starts with one thing: collaboration.

As we all strive for our own objectives, we often look around and realize we are not alone. Individuals by themselves may achieve goals, but it’s collaboration that breeds community. The HOPE Farmers Market was born on this principle and continues to see its effects as vendors, musicians and market-goers cross-pollinate each Sunday.

This exact sentiment explains why we’re so very excited to launch a new program with the City of Austin Music Division, HOPE FM Live! First Sundays. Through their devoted mission to enhance Austin’s cultural economy, they aim to support this development by connecting members of the Austin music community through a variety of programs and promotional efforts, such as the Austin Music Memorial, Music for Kids, MusicianCorps Austin, and their most recent initiative: Plaza Saltillo.

With our own story hailing from East 5th, transitioning from Pine Street Station on Waller to Plaza Saltillo on Comal, we too have seen the magic of bringing community into unexpected places. Through food, through art and of course through music, we are able to breathe life into these spaces and restore their original intent to pull us all together. With this mission in mind, what better way to activate community than through coming together in East Austin’s historic gem, Plaza Saltillo!

As we continue to offer two live shows each Sunday, we’ll now be hosting the Music Division, aka the ATX Music Office, every first Sunday of each month! This means a wider range of music programming–from a Kids Show at 11am to local Latin bands at 1pm. Through this collaboration, together we will further connect community at Plaza Saltillo, one beautiful Sunday at a time. Come on out this weekend and catch the first of the new series!

ATX Music Office presents: HOPE FM Live! First Sunday

 Groundwork Music Orchestra at 11am, Mariachi Relampago at 1pm

Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal

Sunday, June 2