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

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>>
HOPE Likes Bikes, yes we do!

Over the years, we have had all sorts of bicycle-friendly programming at the HOPE Farmers Market. Occasional DIY workshops offered by local bike shops developed into our own in-house HOPE Likes Bikes program. Intended to raise cycling awareness, encourage all to bike more often, and empower Austinites to take bicycle maintenance into their own hands, HOPE Likes Bikes launched as a weekly community bike shop at the Market.

In recent months, we’re excited to have developed partnerships with great local bike-friendly organizations and businesses, including Bike Austin and the East Side Compost Pedallers. In addition, we’re expanding our own bike programming to include a bicycle-powered PopUP Mobile Farm Stand. So now, HOPE Likes Bikes will serve as a vehicle to promote ALL of our bicycle-friendly partners and projects and well as to raise cycling awareness through the Market and around East Austin. Keep up with HLB on Facebook or swing by the East End of the market to park your bike and talk to the experts!

 

HOPE Likes Bikes Partners and Projects…

HOPE PopUP Mobile Farm Stand
The HOPE Farm Stand is going mobile! We have big plans to expand our community outreach initiatives in 2013 including this project – designed to take local produce out into East Austin and increase accessibility to healthy food. We’re currently in the process of designing a bicycle-powered mobile farm cart in collaboration with the AIA Design Voice.

Keep up with the design progress here >>

Bike Austin
Bike Austin (formerly LOBV) is a nonprofit advocacy organization promoting better transportation policy decisions, justice for bicyclists, and more resources to increase the number of bicyclists in the Austin area. Now partnering with the HOPE FM, Bike Austin has taken over our community bike shop at the Market. They have the tools and know how to help you learn to fix your own bike and safely bike around town!

East Side Compost Pedallers
The Pedallers offer an intensely local, completely bike-powered compost collection program dedicated to enriching the Austin community. They collect compostables from homes & businesses and give them directly to urban farmers to help grow more local food. Right now, the Pedallers pedal our market compost directly to Springdale Farm every Sunday!

 

Get Involved: This Saturday is our first HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour at the Market! 

Join HOPE FM and the East Side Compost Pedallers for our first HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour – immediately following Edible Austin’s Urban Farm Bicycle Tour on Saturday, December 1. Enjoy a beer & live music and learn more about how much HOPE really does Like Bikes!

HOPE PopUP Mobile Farm Stand: We’ll be announcing the AIA Design Voice design charrette winner and talking more about how this project will be moving forward in coming months.

$10 buys you a HOPE pint glass and free Hops & Grain refills! Live music by Navasota String Band at 3pm!

HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour
Saturday, Dec 1. 3-5pm
Pine Street Station: 414 Waller St.

This is a FREE and family friendly event!