Chaos Card Company!

Where Art and Clothes Collide

If you’re looking for a badass shirt, this is your place! Founders Don and Leann Rock have the badass life that reflects in their work. Don – an artist, avid music lover, and highly skilled printer – started the company over 25 years ago as a punk-rock t-shirt venture. (Would you expect anything less from someone with the last name “Rock”?) After touring here with a band, Don fell in love with Austin (as they always do), so Don and Leann left NYC 22 years ago and have made Austin their home base ever since. Their family and business have grown up alongside East Austin. They had a printing studio here long before the HOPE Farmers Market even existed. Today, Don and Leann continue to do lots of traveling, particularly during music festival season, but they love to come back to Austin music and Austin markets.


All Chaos Clothing products are 100% individually hand printed. Every shirt, bag, and dress is unique to itself. In fact, the only tech involved is a photocopier. This isn’t your average off-the-Taiwanese-press t-shirt. Each shirt is a culmination of creativity, heart, and dedicated time. Further, all the art is original to the Rocks (that name never gets old), so you can’t find their designs anywhere else. Occasionally, Chaos teams up with local recycling initiatives and other designers to create badass “cycled up” jeans and flannels. Be on the lookout for that in the fall!


The coolest thing about this company is their dedication to supporting local and ethical business practices. Also, Leann is passionate about was the community of the markets. Not only how the community enriches her own personal life, but how she hopes to spread the “market mentality” to more people each week. Living in a community of people who appreciate local, ethical, and sustainable products is something Austinites shouldn’t take for granted!


So, in sum: cool people, cool products. If you want to keep up to date on where and when the Chaos Clothing Company will be each week, visit their Facebook page! Or just come see them each week from 11:00 – 3:00 at the HOPE Farmers Market on Sundays!




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. When I’m not blogging, my days are full of studying for the GRE and applications. I know I’m super exciting this summer, right? Every blog I’ll let you know something a bit more interesting about myself and this week’s fact is:

I once swam with sharks… the nice kind though.

SXSW: Listen Local

It’s a big week ahead. Eager tourists will be marching through the streets, live music will be traveling through every city block and you will most likely find yourself waiting in line, in traffic or just waiting for the week to end.

Regardless of how you take this week we trust you’re going to need a chance to relax, which is why we’re hosting a special Sunday Southby Showcase. It’ll be a day of grabbing brunch, watching tourists leave and relaxing to the sounds of great local music.


 We’ll have 3 sweet sets and invite you, your friends & your family to our special FREE showcase:

11am: The Parish Festival (Austin band! mix of folk, jazz & bluegrass)

12pm: DJ Chino Casino (Austin DJ! all sorts of throwback tunes)

2pm: Mother Falcon (Austin band! instrumental collective magic)


Our HOPE FM Vendors will be present as always, giving you the chance to support local during the ever-increasing invasion of SXSW. Stay tuned for market news, updates & photos on our pages via Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Find us everywhere: @hopemarketatx + #hopefarmersmarket

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

HOPE FM Live Compilation Album: Volume 1

Do you know what goes great with fresh local food?

Fresh, local music! 

The HOPE FM Live Volume 1 Album is out and ready to be heard! With songs donated by The MadisonsCause In EffectThe ChorderoysWhiskey ShiversThe Carper FamilySour BridgesThe State and Lizzy Lehman this album lets you take a little bit of HOPE FM home with you for only $8!

Proceeds from the sale of this album support the HOPE FM Live program which brings fantastic free, live music to the market every Sunday!


@ the HOPE Campaign Booth every Sunday!


and now on itunes!

Each HOPE FM Live Volume 1 download card is printed on plantable seed paper

Dog Days of Summer BBQ Bash & Fundraiser
Come join the HOPE Farmers Market family in kicking off the dog days of summer this Friday August 2nd. We will celebrate the glory of the Texas summer the best way we know how: farm fresh food, cold drinks, great music and art!
Some of the highlights…
+ Tink Pinkard will be roasting a Windy Hill Farm goat for this summer’s best Goat Tacos!
+ Farm Fresh Veggies, Appetizers & Sides from local chefs and farms.
+ Iced Tea, Cold Beer from Shiner & Treaty Oak Cocktails
+ Live Music and Square Dancing from the Barn Owl Band
+ Live Auction with our resident (goat) auction expert, Ty from Windy Hill Farm!
+ HOPE Play Art Station & Piñata for the kids!
+ An Awesome Location, Sustain Center! Located next to Callahan’s General Store, at 443 S. Batrop Hwy.
+ For event updates, be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook Event Page.
Tickets will be available at the event but purchasing your ticket prior helps us out! Get your ticket today!
Dog Days of Summer Event Tickets: Find them online here.
This end of the summer event is being held to raise funds to support HOPE FM’s programming so we can continue growing our market to better serve our community. We look forward to bringing the HOPE FM community together with food, music and fun! 
Veggies & Vinyl, your new guilty pleasure

You might be the type that frequents the market from time to time, looking for what’s new in season, checking out the pretty people of Austin or just trying to find a playdate for your lonesome dog. Whatever the case, we’re bringing a new music program to the market that will not only breathe unrelenting action into your life every third Sunday of the month but have you drooling for more.

At last, a little used vinyl sanctuary. Starting this Sunday (and every third Sunday of the month) we’ll be hosting this new music program, Veggies & Vinyl, as a way the community to buy, sell or trade used vinyl. We’ve got a great collection so far but are anxious to see to what our cultured Austinites will bring. Read below for our simple guidelines, invite your friends & see you there!

Veggies & Vinyl | 11am-3pm | Every third Sunday of the month

Buy | Grab a record for a $10 donation or grab two for $15

Sell | Donate one vinyl & receive a pair of HOPE sunglasses

Trade | Exchange three records of yours for one of ours


HOPE FM Live: June Calendar

Summer is here, along with the heat, fire ants, and sunburned shoulders. But not to fear, we have a small cure to get you through the first official month of summer: live music!

Grab some Hibiscus Mint Tea from Nile Valley, find some shade (we’re getting umbrellas soon!), sit back and enjoy the best of what Austin has to offer. Live music will be your cherry on top for what looks to be a great summer ahead. Take a look at our June Calendar to get a glimpse of who’s playing this month & join us at Plaza Saltillo!

This Sunday, check out:

Four Fights Per Pint for HOPE FM Live

1:30 pm at Plaza Saltillo

Sunday, June 9

ATX Music presents: HOPEFM Live! First Sundays

The start of something beautiful usually starts with one thing: collaboration.

As we all strive for our own objectives, we often look around and realize we are not alone. Individuals by themselves may achieve goals, but it’s collaboration that breeds community. The HOPE Farmers Market was born on this principle and continues to see its effects as vendors, musicians and market-goers cross-pollinate each Sunday.

This exact sentiment explains why we’re so very excited to launch a new program with the City of Austin Music Division, HOPE FM Live! First Sundays. Through their devoted mission to enhance Austin’s cultural economy, they aim to support this development by connecting members of the Austin music community through a variety of programs and promotional efforts, such as the Austin Music Memorial, Music for Kids, MusicianCorps Austin, and their most recent initiative: Plaza Saltillo.

With our own story hailing from East 5th, transitioning from Pine Street Station on Waller to Plaza Saltillo on Comal, we too have seen the magic of bringing community into unexpected places. Through food, through art and of course through music, we are able to breathe life into these spaces and restore their original intent to pull us all together. With this mission in mind, what better way to activate community than through coming together in East Austin’s historic gem, Plaza Saltillo!

As we continue to offer two live shows each Sunday, we’ll now be hosting the Music Division, aka the ATX Music Office, every first Sunday of each month! This means a wider range of music programming–from a Kids Show at 11am to local Latin bands at 1pm. Through this collaboration, together we will further connect community at Plaza Saltillo, one beautiful Sunday at a time. Come on out this weekend and catch the first of the new series!

ATX Music Office presents: HOPE FM Live! First Sunday

 Groundwork Music Orchestra at 11am, Mariachi Relampago at 1pm

Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal

Sunday, June 2