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!



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!



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.

Update: The HOPE Farm Stand’s New Wheels


History of the HOPE Farm Stand

The HOPE Farmers Market is Austin’s longest runningmarket on the East Side and was the first Sunday market in Austin. We started almost four years ago when many local farmers didn’t have the production levels or resources to come to a second market, especially on a Sunday. The HOPE Farm Stand, a stand alone produce stall at the market, was started to bring in a wider variety of produce to meet customer demand and support small producers that didn’t have the resources to take on a second market. In 2013 we modified to model to additionally source from regional producers, backyard gardens and community gardens. Through these relationships we have been able to support our hyper-local and regional agriculture systems while supplying east side consumers with asparagus, avocados, apples, limes, nopales, flor de calabaza, and peaches!


The Latest: The HOPE Farm Stand’s New Wheels! 

This year the HOPE Farm Stand will go mobile on the East Side with “Lizzie,” our bike powered mobile produce cart.  Designed by Clay Odom of Studio Modo and built by Christian Klein of Drophouse Designs the mobile farm cart is will transport farm fresh produce in a attractive, practical and sustainable way.”Lizzie”, named after HOPE FM’s former Development Director Lizzie Garret who initiated the project, has moved from the design phase to fabrication (see photos) and will be hitting the street before you know it! We will pop-up at schools, libraries, events, thrift stores and clinics to offer the freshest produce possible where ever it is needed.

Thanks to our incredible friends at In.gredientsWindmill Bicycles and East Side Compost Peddallers “Lizzie” has new wheels. With help from Hop & Grain Brewery and Sons of Fathers the “Boys Bikini Bike Wash” Happy Hour really put the FUN in fundraiser! Check out pictures on In.gredients’ blog.

Support the HOPE Farm Stand! 

Interested in supporting the HOPE Farm Stands quest to go mobile on the East Side? We’ve raised about $3,300 of the estimated $5,000 we will need to get “Lizzie” rolling so any donations, large or small, are appreciated!

Click here to make a tax deductible donation via paypal!

Would you like the HOPE Farm Stand to come to you at your business or event?

Email: farmstand@hopefarmersmarket.org

Here are some great images of the most recent Mobile Farm Stand design! Studio MODO has been working hard on refining the design concept and figuring out materials and logistics. Next steps: more work with local bike engineers who can help get this thing built!

And… funding! Thanks to the HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour last fall, we got the ball rolling on fundraising. The Studio MODO design team is generously donating their skills, and we’re looking for some material donations as well… but to make this thing last, it won’t be cheap! We expect that including fabrication and materials, it will cost about $5,000 to get the Mobile Farm Stand up and running.

Can You Help?
If you want to get involved, please consider sponsoring the project, making a tax-deductible donation, or saving your money until March 4-5 and supporting us all at once on Amplify Austin Day!

PopUP Farm Stand… Unfolding HOPE!

If you missed our HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour celebration last weekend, then you missed the big announcement… we chose StudioMODO as the winner of the AIA Design Voice charrette and design competition!

As you can probably tell from the designs we highlighted last time, it was a hard choice. All of the teams put a lot of effort into their submissions, and we liked each of them for different reasons. However, we think StudioMODO’s “Unfolding HOPE” concept is best aligned with the Farm Stand project’s needs, and it’s hard to argue with the fact that it’s pretty awesome…



So, we’re already moving forward! We met with Clay Odom and Adam Owens yesterday to go over what we like and what we want to tweak, with lots of great ideas emerging about materials, logistics, and potential collaborations.

The HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour was also a huge success in building awareness about the project, developing relationships with bike and food enthusiasts, and raising some much needed project funding. Plus it was a lot of fun… so we’ll be sure to do more in 2013.

Stay tuned about future events, and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as the design progresses! You can also keep up with Clay on twitter as StudioMODO works on this project…

Farm Stand Surprise: Cucuzza Squash!

Currently, we get most of our produce for the HOPE farm stand from Urban Patchwork‘s Violet Crown farm, the HOPE community farm, Urban Roots, and backyard fruit trees. We’re also trying to start selling more produce from backyard gardens, but we’re still working out how that process will work.

Lesley is one of the many great volunteers from Urban Patchwork who drop off produce for us on Sunday mornings. She also has her own backyard garden, which she chronicles on her blog Yogardener, and she recently started selling us some of her extra produce. When we found out that she has cucuzza squash for us this week, we knew we had to do a blog post about it.

Cucuzza is actually a gourd that’s fairly common in Italian cooking, and it’s really goofy looking. Similar in taste to zucchini, it has pale green skin (that needs to be peeled), white flesh, and seeds that are edible when they’re small but can get large and tough if the squash is mature. It can grow up to three feet long! Lesley just put up a couple of cucuzza recipes on her blog that we want to share.


Rich Cucuzza Soup

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 Tablespoons minced green onions (mostly the white part, green for color)

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup rice

1 pound Cucuzza squash (peeled, seeded, and grated)

salt and pepper to taste

6 cups vegetable stock or water

2 eggs, room temperature

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 Cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese as garnish (optional)

Step one:  Warm oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  When hot, add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook for another minute or two.  Add rice and stir to coat with oil and cook for another two or three minute, until fragrant.

Step two:  Add Cucuzza squash, salt and pepper.  Stir constantly until the squash starts to release it’s liquid and wilt (5 minutes or so).  Add stock and bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. 

Step three: In a large, heatproof bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until creamy, then add lemon juice.  Take a ladle of broth (try to not ladle the veggies) and slowly add broth to eggs, only a few drops at a time at first so that the eggs won’t curdle (the eggs act as a thickener in this dish).  Repeat once or twice more until mixture is thick, smooth and very warm.  

Step four: Make sure the soup is bubbling only every so gently and slowly add the egg mixture, stirring constantly.  Taste, adjust seasonings and add parsley.

Step five:  You’re done!  Eat up!

And check out her recipe for (vegetarian) chana dal puree here.
PopUp Farm Stand: The Designers

As promised in our last post about the PopUP Farm Stand Design Competition… it’s time for us to highlight the designers. After the big design charrette/competition day, each team had about 2 weeks to take the feedback they received, develop their designs, compile them onto 2’x3′ boards, and submit to be displayed in the HOPE Gallery.

It’s obvious to us that each team took a lot of time on this and the development is astounding! In no particular order, here’s what they submitted… each of these boards have also been printed and are on display right now in the HOPE Gallery!


1. Team Thinking Booth, led by Adam Gates.


2. Spence Kellum & Sean Lyon.

Bonus Points for this team! In addition to putting together their board, they have also been around the Market for the past few weeks working on bamboo and willow prototypes…


3. Clay Odom, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Owens.



“So… what’s next?”

Funny you should ask! All are welcome to join us on Saturday, December 1 for a HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour featuring these designs and other bike-friendly market programs and partners. We’ll be getting YOUR feedback on the designs and announcing our plans to move forward with the lucky and talented winning team!


HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour

Saturday, Dec 1 3-5pm (after Edible Austin’s Urban Farm Bicycle Tour)
Pine Street Station: 414 Waller St.

More details >>


Special thanks to:
Clay Odom, Sean O’Neill, Adam Owens, Spence Kellum, Sean Lyon, Adam Gates & the other designers who competed in the original charrette.

Catherine French, Ellen Hunt, Beau Frail & James Foster of the AIA Design Voice

Steve Ross, Wilson Hack, Tejas Kulkarni, Stephanie Dona, Adam O’Sullivan & Kathryn Zeringue of UT’s AREA-ER course