Yard to Market Co-op

Yard to Market Co-op!

Hello market-goers!

Do you love homegrown, fresh veggies and herbs? Are you a fan of clean and sustainable agriculture? Do you support local producers?

If you do, then you need to hear about Yard to Market Co-op!

In 2013, a group of seven gardeners realized that if they all work together they could provide far more produce variety and volume to their community. Teamwork makes the dream work! The co-op’s mission is to increase access for gardeners in Austin. There are so many home gardeners that feel locked out of the produce market, and Yard to Market strives to give them an outlet. Whether you have a single pot of herbs or a flourishing garden of produce, this is your place. Yard to Market is open for gardeners of all experience levels, with all different kinds of crops. The leadership will make sure you know all the codes and regulations. Plus, you get to be a part of a pretty awesome group of green thumbs.

One of Yard to Market’s founding farming pioneers and the current farm stand manager is Annelies Lottmann. Annelies used to be a big shot lawyer in Manhattan, think The Good Wife but more hardcore. But the litigation just wasn’t cutting it. She constantly dreamed about escaping and becoming a farmer. Thankfully for us, she made her dream a reality! Annelies built a course on growing and selling food in central Texas, has an extensive garden of her own, and is an advocate for cleaner, healthier agricultural and eating. So yeah, she’s pretty cool.

This summer Yard to Market partnered with the HOPE Farmer’s Market and combined their food stands. Annelies is there every Sunday ready to sell your veggies and herbs for you! Since the partnership was formed, you no longer need to be a co-op member to sell your fresh goodies at HOPE. ANYONE can bring their homegrown produce to sold.

So – basically – we all get to do the fun part and then Yard to Market happily takes care of the rest!

This project is great for so many reasons: being local, growing community, educating consumers about healthy eating, providing clean produce, and breaking down barriers for gardner’s looking to enter a market are only a few! I encourage everyone to go by the stand each Sunday at the HOPE Farmers Market and show your support by picking up some homegrown goods! It’s a win-win-win-win situation, guys!

If you’d like to know more check out their Website or just come by any Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 at Plaza Saltillo!

 

Hello!

I’m Brooke, the author of the blog you’ve just read. The blog you just read is unfortunately my last with the HOPE Farmer’s Market. I’ve actually been back at school for a few weeks now and miss the market every Sunday! I feel lucky to have been able to get to know so many of you  and know that HOPE is a special place. I can’t wait to visit and I know that the market will only continue to grow!

 

 

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

 

Event Spotlight: Crawfish Boil Benefit

From farm to market, kitchen, or bar the reality is that very few food industry workers are offered or able to afford health insurance. Austin Food for Life is new non-profit that helps food & beverage professionals gain access to healthcare. Austin Food for Life is partnering with Lenior Restaurant to host a Crawfish Boil Benefit on April 28th. Proceeds from the event will help offset medical costs for the family of  Power Heard, a former Lenior employee, whose 15 month old daughter was diagnosed with Desmoid Fibramatosis. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at the door.

On Sunday April 28th, come by the market get the food that keeps you healthy and then head over to support a cause that is ear and dear to our hearts!

Austin Food For Life

Meet a vendor!

This is the first in a series of blogs introducing the people behind the great food, music and art at HOPE Farmers Market!

Ty Wolosin of Windy Hill Farms

How long have you been at HOPE FM?

A little over 2 years

What do you bring to the market?

Goat Meat, Sheep, Beef, Vegetables, Eggs, Canned Goods

How did you decide to join HOPE Farmers Market?

A friend from Comanche was friends with Andi Scull Cheatham, one of the founders of the HOPE campaign.

What is your favorite thing about Sundays at HOPE?

The community of vendors and the laid back atmosphere.

Got any secret hobbies we should know about?

Love watching soccer and used to play a lot until my knees gave out.

Any favorite HOPE FM stories to share?

When Phil was giving samples of my fermented hot pepper escabeche out, watching people’s reactions to how hot was, was not nearly as much fun as watching Phil’s reaction.

 
Ty also has a wealth of knowledge on beer brewing and heirloom garlic varieties. Check back in a few months and he will have 6 types of garlic to choose from!