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.

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

Today is the Day to Amplify HOPEFM!

Today is the big day! Please support HOPE Farmers Market and Amplify Austin by DONATING between 7pm today and 7pm tomorrow!

What will your money go to support…


OUR BIG MOVE TO PLAZA SALTILLO!
We’re investing some funds into the move and site improvements to the Plaza, in order to best serve the community AND our vendors and patrons. This includes a native plant garden at the west end, improved storage and better Market signage…


[future native plant garden]


HOPE COMMUNITY OUTREACH EFFORTS
We’re taking our farm stand out into the neighborhood – partnering up with local churches, schools, community organizations, and others to take healthy produce throughout East Austin. 

Phase One: popping up with the traditional tent and produce sourced from community gardens – we’re already doing this, and it’s been a great way to support local growers and raise awareness about the Market and healthy food!

[Samantha and the HOPE Farm Stand]

Phase Two: We’re working with local architects on the design of a bicycle-powered farm stand, to take this project to the next level. This is where we can REALLY use your help, because if we want to do this right it’s going to cost about $5,000!

[most recent design for the Bike-Powered Mobile Farm Stand, by Studio MODO]


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Please support us by donating today through Amplify Austin! Donate HERE >>

Then, spread the word through Facebook and Twitter. Let everyone know that you support the HOPE Farmers Market!

 

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>>
Amplify Austin!

HOPE FM Needs Your Support!
This spring, we’re raising money to support our move to Plaza Saltillo and ongoing community outreach efforts, including a new Mobile Farm Stand and our SNAP/WIC Acceptance Program.

Things we need funds for this season:

  • Site improvements at Plaza Saltillo, including a native plant garden and storage for tools and market supplies.
  • Mobile Farm Stand design and construction, as well as seed money to get the project off the ground.
  • SNAP/WIC Acceptance Program: in order for us to offer this community service, our staff works extra hard during the week collaborating with various organizations and spending time out and about raising awareness about healthy food access in East Austin.

(most recent design rendering by Studio MODO of our future Mobile Farm Stand)


Amplify Austin!

This March, we’re excited to join forces with I Live Here, I Give Here to “Crank up the Giving” on Amplify Austin Day, March 4-5. Through this 24-hour online philanthropy campaign, Austinites are challenged to collectively donate a total of $1 million to over 300 local organizations. This day is modeled after largely successful campaigns in other cities across the country, and is a great way for local nonprofits to collaborate in their fundraising efforts.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Mark your calendars for March 4-5 and plan on donating to HOPE FM that day.
  • Mark those calendars again for March 5 (5-7pm), and plan to join us for Happy Hour at Center61. We share a workspace there with other participating organizations (Women.Design.Build, EcoRise, PeopleFund) and will be celebrating the day’s success with some free beer!
  • Let your friends know that you support HOPE FM and encourage them to help if they can! The minimum donation is $25 which will go a long way in helping us increase access to healthy food in East Austin.
  • Join us on Sunday, March 10 at our Grand Opening celebration of HOPE Farmers Market at Plaza Saltillo! 11am-3pm with 40+ vendors and live music by Whiskey Shivers!

(future HOPE FM at Plaza Saltillo, by Adam Gates)


Please spread the word!

By supporting HOPE FM on this day, you will help us increase to healthy food in East Austin AND contribute to the city-wide goal of $1 million in 1 day!

Inspired to support us today? We won’t stop you… donate here!