Who are Oh-Kimchi?

Oh-Kimchi is Oh-Mazing!

What even is Kimchi? Sounds sort of like an Asian crime-fighting cartoon character or an ancient yoga form. Oh, or the Korean word for mouse.

Well I was close, but not close enough.

Kimchi is actually a 300+ year-old foodie art form. It’s a Korean technique of fermenting vegetables that can take up to three days. It’s a subtle sort of spice. Not too much bite. Traditionally napa cabbage, carrot, and radish is the go-to mix for the process, but you can use any raw vegetable. Oh-Kimchi has a popular cucumber version and coming soon is bell pepper Kimchi. I CAN’T WAIT.

If you already knew all that stuff about Kimchi, let me explain what sets Oh-Kimchi apart. First off, their particular version of the process is super old school. Old school in the 1970s corvette sort of way; not the Mom’s shoulder pads sort of way. The technique used by Oh-Kimchi is rare, even in its Korean birthplace because many families have turned to faster methods.

But you know the best things require time. And good things come to those who wait.

And I’m telling you Kimchi is goooood. Beyond the taste, too, it’s one of the healthiest foods on this planet.

Yeah. I know you guys think I’m being dramatic. But I’m not! Google away if you must!

First off, you get all the basic goodness that comes from eating raw vegetables (but with none of the bitter taste). Then, you get four times as many probiotics than Greek yogurt has. Not to mention the detoxification and cancer-fighting properties of ginger and garlic. Oh, and the keratin is a natural pain reliever as well as the queen of healthy hair and skin. Many Korean athletes even eat it as part of their daily post-workout recovery.

So, basically, Kimchi is kicking ass and taking names. It definitely falls into the super food category. Your body will kindly thank you if you make Kimchi part of your regular diet. Some of the most common ways people use their Kimchi include: on burgers, salads, tacos, or my favorite, Kimchi-ladas. Nom nom nom.

So who are the people actually making this super food for the people of Austin? That would be Abbie and Duane Lunde.

Abbie is from LA but moved to Austin four years ago, partially to finish her degree and partially for her now husband, Duane. She worked for Johnson’s Backyard Garden for a while and can definitely be described as a health foodie. Abbie says that she thought all Korean families knew how to make Kimchi, and was surprised to find how many families lose touch with their Korean culture after moving to the states. Thankfully for us, the method Oh-Kimchi uses survived because of generations of mothers teaching their daughters. Abbie told me she wanted some good Kimchi and couldn’t find any half as decent as her mother and grandmother made. So – what else was there to do but start making her own, too!

Duane’s marketing and management expertise paired with Abbie’s passion for Korean cuisine led to weekly sell-outs at their first farmer’s markets. Eventually, Abbie and Duane are hoping to spread not only the healthy and delicious snack that is Kimchi, but other traditional Korean recipes as well. They want to show people the best parts of Korean cuisine, a food culture many of us know little about.

So if you want to try Kimchi out for yourself, come to the HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday and get yourself some cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, heart-strengthening Kimchi! Or if you want more info, see the links below:

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Hello!

I’m Brooke, the author of the blog you’ve just read. Working with the HOPE Farmer’s Market has been so great, but unfortunately I will have to leave HOPE to finish my last semester at Baylor University this fall. I will graduate with a major in political science and a minor in poverty studies and social justice. Right now I’m applying to graduate school like crazy so hopefully I will be able to continue my studies. Every blog, I’ll let you guys know something a bit more interesting about myself and this week’s fact is:

I’m a Pescatarian aka the only meat I eat is fish!

We’re on the Road!

We’ve got news. The Mobile Farm Stand is getting its finishing touches this week & is ready for its debut!

Although we still have a few things to figure out along the way like weekly routes, sourcing and what kind of wind chime to attach (seriously!), we got an invitation we couldn’t pass up so we’re taking it out on the road tomorrow! Find us popped-up at Kealing Middle School’s Spring Picnic this Saturday, May 13 and see the Mobile Farm Stand for yourself among the Picnic’s potluck, chef demos & community quilt. We’ll be there from 10am-3pm so come say hello! Find Kealing Middle School at 1607 Pennsylvania Drive.

And if you’d like more background on why we started the project and how it got built, be sure to check this great article, “HOPE Rolls Out Bike-Powered Farm Stand” by the Austin Chronicle.

CONTACT: Have interest in hosting the stand or a recurring pop-up market? Talk to us: mobilefarmstand@hopefarmersmarket.org 

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

 

HOPE for the Holidays: Sunday, Dec 9

Celebrate the Holidays with the Market family… and help us raise some money to support our community outreach programs!

Sonya and Tink of The Homegrown Revival will be serving up a locally sourced multi-course meal featuring Peeler Farms in Floresville, Texas. We’ll have a complimentary cocktail waiting for you, and you’re welcome to bring some wine or beer to enjoy with dinner!

This event is #4 of the HOPE FM Supper Club Series: educating and indulging the Austin community through a unique and artistic benefit dinner series hosted in the HOPE Gallery. All proceeds benefit HOPEFM’s community outreach programming, including our new Mobile PopUP Farm Stand and SNAP/EBT programming, increasing access to healthy food in East Austin.

All proceeds from these dinners benefit our community programming. Thank you for your ongoing support of the HOPE FM!

Tickets are $65. Purchase your ticket here>>

 

HOPE for the Holidays
A HOPEFM Supper Club with the Homegrown Revival

  • Date: Sunday, December 9
  • Time: 7pm Cocktail Hour, 8pm dinner seating
  • Location: HOPE Gallery at Pine Street Station, 414 Waller St.
  • Featured Farmer: Peeler Farms
  • Chefs: Sonya Coté and Tink Pinkard
  • Cocktail Hour Music: Chris Jamison
  • Holiday Tunes: DJ Chino Casino
  • Complimentary Cocktail provided, BYOB dinner
  • Holiday Gift Auction featuring local businesses including East End Wines, Coterie Market, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, In.Gredients and more!

Seating is limited, please purchase your ticket today!

 

The Homegrown Revival seeks to ensure that the “local food” trend resonates into good consumer practices throughout the state. We want to educate Texans, both urban and suburban, about the foods available in their area and help them source and prepare these foods with confidence.

Images from past HOPE FM + Homegrown Revival Supper Clubs…