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!

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

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.

Spring Fever: Market Updates & News

My, how time has flown! Although we’ve been in a bit of hibernation this winter on our blog, we’re excited to share what has kept us busy these last few months and share new updates, just in time for spring!

Late last fall, we helped sendoff our previous Market Director, Alexa Senter, as she moved onto new culinary adventures in the Northeast. Word is her and her husband have recently started a Community Supported Bakery! Be sure to take a peek at their Instagram, @thebakelab, to follow their story in Vermont and all things farm-fresh.

Along with this transition last fall came a new Director for the HOPE Farmers Market! That’d be me. After first volunteering for the market in the Fall of 2011, I’ve gradually and happily become more and more involved with HOPE FM and its incredible community. Working with the Market for the last two and a half years, it’s likely we’re already familiar with each other!

While I previously focused on event programming and developing our HOPE FM Live music program, as Director, I’m excited to put new energy into community partnerships, business incubation and the endless collaborative possibilities we have in store.

Just take a look at what’s coming down the pipeline for this spring!

  • March 16 - Unofficial SXSW Showcase with Cilantro Boombox & Mother Falcon @ Market
  • March 21 - Amplify Austin Fundraising Celebration @ Center 61
  • April 6 – Texas 4000 Benefit: HOPE Day @ Market
  • April 27 – Old Time Square Dance @ Market
  • May 4 – Sister-City Celebration: Saltillo Day @ Market!

For news on the daily, find us on FacebookInstagram & Twitter: @hopemarketatx

–Jessie, Market Director

Event Recap: Tree Party Volunteer Day at Plaza Saltillo

Re-Activating Plaza Saltillo

Since relocating in March 2013 HOPE FM has focused on re-activating historic Plaza Saltillo through a weekly market at Plaza Saltillo and encouraging re-involvement and re-investment in the space. Over the last eight months many improvements have been made to the space because of the increased activity at Plaza Saltillo:

  • Parks and Recreation Department put down some fresh paint, installed a new irrigation system and replaced missing bricks and broken tiles on the fountain.
  • CapMetro installed additional bike parking stations on the north side of the plaza for all of you two wheeled commuters.
  • ATX Music Office donated the adorable red umbrellas you see in front of the stage and sponsored a monthly music series with a wide range of local bands from gammy-award winning musicians of Money Chicha, big groups like Mariachi Relampago and even Lucas Miller, the singing zoologists for kids!
  • Through the support of the Austin Parks Foundation HOPE Farmers Market was able to purchase and install permanent storage doors and, soon, we will have five more HUGE market umbrellas to sit under and enjoy your brunch!

Tree Party

On October 19th HOPE Farmers Market, with support from TreeFolks and Austin Parks Foundation, hosted a Tree Party Volunteer Day at Plaza Saltillo. With the help of 25 volunteers lead by Austin Neal, master gardener and board member of Treefolks, we accomplished a lot! We weeded and mulched all of the planters around Plaza Saltillo and learned how to plant and care for seven new native trees.

Not only did we get a lot done but it was great to bring together lots of people from the Plaza’s present and past. We had student volunteers from one of our favorite UT organizations, Gamma Beta Phi, who got their hands dirty removing invasive nut sedge and spreading lots of beautiful mulch around all of the beautiful native plants. We were also joined by Ilse Frank from Studio Balcones who designed and installed all of the landscaping at Plaza Saltillo through a Keep Austin Beautiful grant in 2009. And what is Saturday in Austin without breakfast tacos? We grabbed tacos for volunteers from Tamale House East whose owners were instrumental in getting Plaza Saltillo built through their work with Olé México!

We had so much fun we’ll surely do it again but for the time being just keep enjoying the space we call home every Sunday from 11-3!

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!

 Available:

@ the HOPE Campaign Booth every Sunday!

in.gredients

and now on itunes!

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

Mark Your Calendars: Fall at HOPE FM!

We love this time of year. It might still be hot in Austin but the sun is a little lower and the leaves are getting ready to make their yearly leap. Students are back in school and we’re looking forward to lots of excuses to gather friends and family around food, music and art!

Here is what we have planned over the coming months at the market. Lots to see, do, taste and listen to so mark your calendars and we will see you Sunday at Plaza Saltillo.

September 22nd: East Side County Fair  Bobbing for veggies, face painting, petting zoo and awesome live music! Check out pictures from last year here.

September 29th: MEAT FEST! Celebrate all things MEAT at HOPE FM with special deals from farmers and chefs on their meatiest products. The Seedling Truck will be serving some snout to tail fair, Windy Hill Farm will be offering sales and who knows what else!

October 19th: Tree Party!  Come help us beautify Plaza Saltillo with compost, mulch and trees! This will be a great day to give back to your community and learn a little bit about tree care. Sponsored by Tree Folks, Treehouse and Austin Parks Foundation.

 October 20th: Food Day & HOPE FM’s 4th Birthday! We will be having a really fun market to kick off Food Day and we’ll eat some cake to celebrate Mon’s 4th Birthday!

November 17th: 2nd Annual  Formula-3- Legged Race  Do you have what it takes to challenge the market managers!?

November 16th – 17th & 23rd – 24th: East Austin Studio Tour  Grab brunch and check out our bumper crop of artists before you head out to see all of the incredible art produced in studios all around the East Side.

November  & December: Holiday  Markets  HOPE FM is your One Stop Shop for all your holidays needs! From the food on your table to the gifts you give, the HOPE FM has artisan goods that give back to our community and come with some of that unique Austin style!

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!