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).
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).
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.