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!

Hope for Humans

Saving Lives. Delivering Happiness.

Have you ever heard of Nodding Syndrome? Yeah, I hadn’t either. That’s because it’s a relatively new and rare neurological disease that has broken out in South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The world knows next to nothing about this disease that affects children between the ages 5-15. The primary symptom is that kids appear to “nod off” and lose contact with the world around them. But – these kids aren’t sleeping – they are experiencing seizures. Each seizure (and there may be many each day) diminishes mental capability little by little.

The results of Nodding Syndrome are devastating. By the time children with Nodding are age 12-13, they often look like a 6-year-old. Kids can lose control on their bodies and can’t feed themselves, much less play with other children. Most are kicked out of schools since their care requires special resources or expertise that isn’t available. Strangely, the seizures seem to be triggered by food. Thus, kids with Nodding suffer severe malnutrition. Because there is no facility or means to care for these kids, parents often have to tie up their own children to keep them from wandering off during a seizure and hurting themselves.

There was no means for care, no hope, no one paying any attention to these families… until now. Hope for Humans is the result of a trip Dr. Sally Baynton and Dr. Suzanne Gazda trip to Uganda from 2009 – 2011. Dr. Gazda, a doctor of neurological disease and disorders, discovered hundreds of children with Nodding Syndrome: a disease she had never seen in her 20 years of medical practice. Upon their return to the states, Dr. Baynton and Dr. Gazda transformed an already established nonprofit, Gulu Hope, into Hope For Humans.

One year later, Hope For Humans was able to open their first care center. What started as one classroom’s worth of a facility, is now expanded to a full campus including staff quarters, a kitchen, dorm, piggery and chicken coop. Children with Nodding attend school 6 days of the week. They are provided with 2 vitamin rich meals each day, uniforms, and basic hygiene needs. Hundreds of families attend the center. That’s hundreds of changed lives!

These two women are amazing. Seriously, who can say they setup a care center for hundreds of families, in a region with little resources to offer, in just one year. Many of the kids have regained the ability to talk and their seizures are less severe and less often. At this school, these kids get to play again, and that is no small victory.

I had a chance to sit down with two volunteers who have been with Hope For Humans since the beginning, Ana and Adrianna. When I asked the girls why they got involved, one answer wasn’t enough:

“There’s so much to be done!”

“After seeing the Ugandan, struggle… It’s hard to forget. You can’t shake that off.”

“We have Ugandan friends now, that we want to help out.”

“The founders are such strong, inspirational women. They make us excited to volunteer.”

Ana and Adrianna donate their time every Sunday to sell beautiful handmade necklaces. The necklaces are made by parents of kids with Nodding Syndrome, and all of the proceeds go right back to them. The necklaces are actually really cool, so it doesn’t even feel like you’re giving to a great cause. You’re just getting some bomb-ass jewelry!

Hope for Humans has one defining mission statement: change the way people live. There are hundreds of non-profits in place in Uganda, but none of them assist kids with Nodding Syndrome. Not to mention, the research Hope for Humans does is totally uncharted medical territory. It has huge potential to aid in the fight against other neurological diseases. I think it’s an admirable undertaking. We’re all in this together, right?

If you agree, or want to know more, please check out the links below! Or just come to the HOPE Farmer’s Market any Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 and meet Ana and Adrianna in person!

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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. 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? But every blog, I’ll let you guys know something a bit more interesting about myself and this week’s fact is:

I was bit by a sea lion in the Galapagos! Still have the scar!

Attention: Tamale Addicts!

Gardener’s Feast Tamales: Feed Your Tamale Addiction!

Gardener’s Feast Tamales are famous for being fresh, organic, local, and delicious! Since their first market in 2010, these tamales have managed to collect a following of Austin Tamale Addicts. Gardener’s Feast is now at ten area farmers markets and their tamales are also available in local coffee shops. Sounds like a successful story, right? What people don’t know about is the story behind this success.

In 2009, right in the middle of the financial crisis, Adrian Paredes found himself at a professional plateau as an industrial designer. Like so many others affected by the financial crash, ends weren’t meeting and Adrian knew he needed to move and find another job. He focused on saving enough to relocate his family to our lovely city: Austin, TX.  Once here, Adrian and his wife took a risk and began their first food service venture: Mexican desserts. In short, the business failed. It failed hard.

It is in this instance that many people would have called it quits. Instead, Adrian and his wife took it as a lesson learned and, rather than giving up, they adapted and started again. They realized that the infrastructure problem they had with making desserts did not apply to savory foods so they began a flauta business. It was going ok, so the Paredeses looked into selling flautas at farmer’s markets.

When telling me about his first meeting with a market director, Adrian admitted, “I didn’t know anything. I mean, I didn’t know the difference between vegetarian and vegan. I didn’t know what local meant.” Again, Adrian rose to the task before him: going organic and local. Adrian said it was “Very difficult, but a positive change. It started as just a standard, but now we are all fully invested in the local cause.”

As Adrian was showing off his new market setup with the flautas, the market director casually asked if they could also make tamales. That was the beginning of the Tamale Addiction! Over the next four weeks Adrian and his wife called every family member they knew to collect recipes, tips, and tricks about making tamales. They worked all week to prepare 80 tamales for their first market. Those tamales were sold out within an hour. Adrian had found the magic! They went from producing 80 tamales a week to nearly 1500 a day!

Adrian says he has big plans for Gardner’s Feast’s a.k.a. Tamale Addiction’s future. He feels a responsibility to keep making his product better and better. “It’s encouraging to have that immediate response from people… I just love that. It feels good to see a bright future for your business.”

No one deserves success more in my mind. This family hasn’t given up. They took each failure and each criticism as an opportunity to do better. What I love most about Adrian’s story is that it really demonstrates how hard-work, perseverance, and a little creativity can change a life around. Despite what the local news seems to indicate, there are still lots of good stories out there. This is definitely one of them.

So next Sunday when you come by the HOPE Farmer’s Market, be sure to check out these tasty tamales. Or if you’d like to order some for emergencies – in the case of the Armageddon, a surprise in-law visit, or bad break-up – check out their website at http://www.thegardenersfeast.com/tamales.

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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 studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland for 5 months.

 

 

First Annual Mexico Day, Recap!

For the first time ever, the HOPE Farmers Market formally highlighted Austin’s sister-city connection with Saltillo, Mexico!

On May 5, we hosted this first-ever “Mexico Day” celebration, in conjunction with the Austin Sister-Cities program to acknowledge the international relationship at the place that best exemplifies it all–Plaza Saltillo! Upon its beginnings, the Plaza was actually inaugurated by a visiting delegation from Saltillo, Mexico, for which it was named. The City of Saltillo even donated the ornate traditional Saltillo benches you see at the Plaza every Sunday!

To contribute to this special day, we hosted 3 vendors from both Saltillo & Monterrey that showcased products like jams, candies, nut butters & sauces, thus connecting with food artisans in cities just 6 hours away! As we’ve mentioned before here on our blog, we aim to support our regional food system, which doesn’t necessarily end at 50 miles, 100 miles, or even at the border. We also hosted an incredible 9-person choir from Saltillo, who sang in traditional Mexican dress, and was accompanied by local Mariachi band, Mariachi Los Toros. How fitting for the day before Cinco de Mayo!

We can’t wait for another chance to host these fantastic vendors, artists & musicians again and hope that by doing so, we can all encourage everyone to look beyond borders and further this sister-city relationship. Stay tuned for more…

And for highlights of Mexico Day, be sure to take a peak at our Photo Recap here!

 

 

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

What is community? Is it helping your neighbor? Supporting your local farmer? Buying an album from your favorite local band? Or is just a fuzzy feeling?

At the HOPE Farmers Market, we believe community is the intersection of all these things. From food to music to art, from families to youngsters, from Mariachi to Folk-Indie, from farmers to bakers, from East Austin to West Austin, community has no limits.

With no limits, this means there is always room to grow. Forging new collaborations, new friends and new ideas around every corner, it’s clear Austin is the perfect place to watch these new roots grow. We’ve been thankful to see so many of these unique intersections at the HOPE Farmers Market, and it happens each Sunday! When Johnson’s Backyard Garden donates seasonal produce to Whiskey Shivers, or to The Blackwells, or to any of our loyal bands who play for the HOPE FM Live music series, we see magic happen. We watch band members divide up their produce “compensation”, and they begin to interact in ways they never have before: revealing their preferences on beets vs. eggplant, fighting over who gets the watermelon, or admitting aloud they’ve never seen an armenian cucumber. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.

If we at the HOPE Farmers Market can provide the opportunity to help plant these seeds each week, then we’ll all be happy campers for generations to come. However, we can’t do it alone, and that’s the beauty of community! It takes a village, and with each single effort, we are all strengthened. So let’s continue this community together, every Sunday on the corner of East 5th & Comal.

 

Video by the talented Blair Bogin.

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