Lamba Royal Indian Food

Bringing Mumbai to your Market

I am so excited to tell everyone about Lamba’s Royal Indian Food because they are an amazing family and business! It was the most fun interview of the summer, and that’s saying something with all of HOPE’s great vendors!

Garrima and her husband met stateside though both are originally from India. They first lived in California, then in Houston before settling in their current home here in Austin (it took them awhile to find the best city in America). As a young adult Garrima studied history, then attended medical school in India. Afterwards, she started working in the hotel industry, followed by Estee Lauder. A Jill of all trades! So, how does a history buff who is also a medically trained businesswoman enter into the food business?

Well… it started with a dream Gurpreet Lamba – Garrima’s husband – had for his family.

It was Gurpreet who really encouraged Garrima that she could have a great business making and selling home-style Indian food to hungry Austinites. Even with all of Austin’s world famous eateries, food trucks, and restaurants, Gurpreet noticed that ATX was missing something: domestic-style Indian deliciousness.

Because of her husband’s confidence and encouragement, Garrima bravely stepped into uncharted territory and began building recipes. Garrima says they use a lot of recipes from her grandmother, but that Gurpreet and her father-in-law are excellent cooks as well. She noted that no one in the family ever had any professional cooking training, but that it’s a “passion that comes from within, you can’t really teach that.” The Lamba’s don’t use any books or formal templates. In fact, they never measure their seasonings in teaspoons. They measure via tastebud! See, for me, that’s pretty impressive because I have to read instructions when pouring cereal!

Garrima was so kind as to make a typical Indian meal for me at her home and y’all… it was delish. I’m not sure how she has time to make such great food and raise three boys at the same time! Luckily, the boys are extremely sweet, but still, that’s skill my friend. Thankfully, she has her father-in-law and husband to help out with the cooking.

And they are cooking! Lamba’s first market was ours, the HOPE Farmer’s Market, but now they attend over 10 markets, including all of the Austin markets! Garrima says she loves doing markets because she loves to see her customer’s face light up.

“Seeing people like your food makes you want to cook more and more food for them!”

I’ve tasted quite a lot of Lamba’s food and it’s always awesome. It’s not the same as restaurant Indian food. It feels and tastes much more authentic and homemade… because it is! They offer lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options so all of your diet needs can be met. Health-wise, Indian spices are famous for their anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting properties, so you know you’re getting an extra bang for your buck with Lamba’s Indian.

In the end, these guys are really some of the sweetest people I’ve met and that shows through in their food. So if you want to get a taste for yourself, be sure to check them out at the HOPE Farmer’s Market from 11:00 – 3:00 every Sunday or at any other Austin market!

 

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 have one half lab, half sharpie mix dog named Lucy!

Clementine & Co. Jewelry: Simplicity at its Finest

Meet Emily: The Brains and Beauty behind Clementine & Co. Jewelry

Emily is – first are foremost – an artist. With a writer and a carpenter as parents, artistry has been a part of her life since she was a kid. Her childhood memories are full of creation. For example, she remembers her mother taking her to a bead shop on Martha’s Vineyard where she grew up and they spent hours making their own bead creations.

Although Emily was initially more interested in drawing (particularly illustrating children’s books), she gradually found that her passion was in jewelry and metalwork. She enrolled in a botanical themed class at the Penland School of Crafts, which really solidified her talent and passion for jewelry. From there, she started selling her creations at markets on Martha’s Vineyard.

But, you know, no one can resist that Austin charm, right?

So, after a road trip to Austin with her sister, Emily fell in love with the place (like so many do). In 2011, she was able to move to Austin permanently and is currently a proud East Austinite.

“I love where I live because there are so many people who are both creative and motivated. It’s rare to find so many people with both qualities in a community!”

Of course, Clementine & Co. came to Austin with Emily. Lucky for us!

As far as the actual products go, I really do love her designs. They are clean and simple. Timeless. Each piece is handmade by Emily, so each piece is unique to itself. Style-wise there are a lot of natural elements to the jewelry: leaves, feathers, and even seeds are common elements. All the silver is recycled and Emily tries to find suppliers that are ethical and restrict chemical usage. So, basically, once again, your products from the Market are going to be a lot better for you than others!

You guys should definitely take a look at her stuff. It’s beautiful and it really will last the rest of your life, which is a lot more than you can say for the usual Forever 21 or Target buys we all make!

If you want to see and hear more about Emily’s work, check out the links below OR just come see her at the HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 at Plaza Saltillo!

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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:

One time, I zip lined through the rainforest in Costa Rica. It was pretty great.

West China Tea Company

Meet The Tea Master

If you have any interest or appreciation for tea at all, you can’t miss the West China Tea booth this Sunday. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea with the founder So-han Fan, and I was beyond impressed. Seriously, he knows everything about tea, particularly Chinese tea.

So-han – though born in New Orleans and raised in Houston – has Chinese roots and speaks it fluently. So, when he traveled to China for the first time in 2010 to study fresh water biology, he was able to build strong and lasting relationships with Chinese farmers.

“On weekends we would go out and meet farmers and share tea with them. In China, business practice is a lot different than here in the U.S. Here, you set a meeting, argue figures or stats, and formally ask about a business future. But in China, you don’t ‘do business’. You make friends and then friends help each other out. In Chinese, this is called building Guangxi and without it, you won’t have a strong or trusting business relationship”.

Literally hundreds, if not thousands of cups of tea later, So-han was able to handpick the finest teas from the most remote corners of China. And, because he was so excited and willing to get to know so many Chinese farmers (sometimes hitchhiking to reach them), he has all these crazy connections that no other tea dealer has.

Although So-han’s trips to China ignited his business West China Tea Company, he had actually been a tea connoisseur for over seven years before that. His obsession started in college and has only grown and expanded since.

But now more about the tea itself…

All of West China Tea Company’s teas are strictly farm direct. That means you have a 100% guarantee that your product is natural, non-GMO, and free of pesticides. Being farm direct also affects the taste. So-han compares his tea to the specialized flavor of a single malt scotch. Both have a unique and concentrated taste defined by the unique location the drink is from.

The health benefits of tea are essentially infinite. Literally ANY symptom you may have has a tea that can help. If you’re curious about what types of teas could benefit your personal needs, stop by the market and So-han will hook you up. As a biologist, he is always sure not to make any health claims that haven’t been backed up by western science as well.

In fact, So-han has a running study with Mr. Natural in which he observes the drop in blood sugar in diabetics after drinking a pot of West China Tea. Results show that levels dropped for 2/3 of all participants and every participant decided to purchase some tea for themselves. Eventually, one man told So-han that because of his tea, he was able to stop taking insulin altogether. That’s pretty badass if you ask me.

So, to sum this up: if you enjoy tea, if you want to improve your health, or if you want to hear a good travel story, go visit So-han at West China Tea Company at the HOPE Farmer’s Market from 11:00 – 3:00 every Sunday! Also, check out his links below to learn more!

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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 once swung my feet off of 300ft cliffs that delved into the Atlantic. It was great.

 

The Peached Tortilla: Tacos, baby, tacos!

Meet the Man Behind the Peach: Eric Silverstein

The Peached Tortilla food truck is renowned for its eclectic twist on your everyday taco. With a distinct Asian influence and a down south foundation, these tacos are unique to Austin alone. So what’s the story? How did the fusion sensation that is Peached Tortilla all start?

Well, it started with Eric.

Eric Silverstien is a direct reflection of the business he created. Born and raised in Tokyo, moving and maturing in Atlanta, and studying in St. Louis, Eric himself is a blend of cultures. It’s his personality playing out on the Peached Tortilla Menu. Take the Banh Mi slider, for example. It’s a Vietnamese braised pork belly with pickled daikon carrot, sriracha mayo and cilantro. I would never have put pork, sriracha and cilantro together, but this is a magical combo that you have to try!

I was surprised to hear Eric had actually been a litigator before moving to Austin. So, obviously, that begs the question, why abandon magistrates for menus? Courts for chef hats? Trials for tacos?

According to Eric, “I just love food. It’s in my blood.”

I must say, it takes a lot of guts to abandon a “safe” but perhaps personally unsatisfying career to do something you love. So high five to this guy! He wasn’t happy where he was in life, and figured it was about time to turn this dream into a reality.

The dream was actually never the food truck, but to open a restaurant of his own. It’s been four years since Eric came to Austin. And finally, after years of hard work, The Peached Tortilla will have a permanent home.

Prep your tastebuds, people. Because this fall The Peached Tortilla is confined to a truck no more.

The new restaurant will be located at 5520 Burnett Road, Austin TX.

That being said, if you can’t wait till then, visit the links below to find out where The Peached Tortilla will be each week OR just come visit us at the HOPE Farmer’s Market each Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00!

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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 not-so-secretly want to become a Zumba instructor on the side.

The East Side Compost Pedallers

Saving the Planet… One Bucket at a Time!

Alright, I know I write about a lot of cool people and businesses, but so far none of them have been able to say they are saving the planet like the East Side Compost Pedallers. This organization deserves some sort of fancy earth-shaped trophy to honor their efforts! Their work stretches into nearly every environmental issue – from global warming to sustainable agriculture to landfill reduction and beyond!

Did you know that 30% of all “trash” we throw out isn’t really trash at all!

So… what is it, you ask?

It’s compostable material!

So what is compost, you ask?

Essentially, it’s decayed organic material – clean and rich in nutrients – that is used for fertilizer.

Sounds serious, right? Well, not really. Throw some food scraps, grass clippings, and a brown paper bag together… then just add water and WHAMBAM! You just successfully started your first compost pile! Of course, to get the best compost, it requires a bit more finesse, attention to detail, and dedication to keeping up with the pile. That’s where The East Side Compost Pedallers come in!

The Compost Pedallers are a bike-powered compost recycling service. They’ll collect your scraps each week and pedal them to nearby farms and gardens. All you have to do is throw your extra food into a bucket (rather than the trash) and then put your bucket outside your door once a week.

There are such huge benefits for such little effort! They are taking a problem and almost effortlessly transforming that problem into a beneficial material solution. Compost reduces costs at farms by reducing the need for extra pesticides. It keeps our food clean and free of chemical additives. And, finally, it keeps organic material out of landfills, where it would eventually be released as methane (a greenhouse gas 50x more potent than carbon dioxide!).

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Austin Compost Pedallers Director of Membership, Christina Bradt. If you’ve ever thrown anything away at our HOPE Farmer’s Market, you’ve probably met Christina! After graduating with an environmental science degree and moving to Austin, she started with the organization as an intern. She still fondly remembers her first collection in December of 2012.

Check out these stats. You can see what a difference this small company has made in less than 2 years! Today, these pedallers are composting 2 TONS every single week!

Christina admits that she has turned into somewhat of a compost nerd. She and her fellow pedaller and boyfriend Paul have been known to take plastic ware to restaurants to take their food scraps home.

So, maybe you don’t need to go that far, but if you would like to start composting (and start saving the planet!) or just want to stay up to date on local sustainability initiatives, check out The East Side Compost Pedallers’ links below. Also, give them a high five for their great work the next time you’re at the HOPE Farmers Market! They sort ALL of the discarded Market materials into bins containing either compost, recycling, or items to be sent to the landfill. They’ll also be happy to answer ANY questions you have about sorting your own trash or building your own compost pile! HOPE loves the Compost Pedallers!

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P.S The Pedallers work with corporate groups, too! Going green has never been easier. Check it out!

 

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:

One of my favorite books is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

 

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!

 

 

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? 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.

The Healthiest Hounds in ATX

Meet Healthy Hound: Because Markets are for Dogs, too!

Did you know there are more dogs per capita in Austin, than kids? Crazy right! Well maybe not so much… Pups don’t ask you to pay their tuition. They can’t kick and scream in the middle of the grocery aisle. Even during the canine teen years, standard rate of forgiveness is usually about every 5 seconds. Dogs always like our jokes and think all our ideas are awesome – especially ones that involve activities such as eating, sleeping, and walking. So yeah, Austinites love their pups because who doesn’t!

This article is for you, Austin dog owners. I’d like you to meet Healthy Hound: A local kitchen handcrafting all natural and organic, vitamin-rich food for your favorite four-legged friend.

In 2011, co-owner Katherine started to cook food for her greyhound, who was suffering from severe intestinal problems. She couldn’t find the quality of food that she knew her dog needed. And being the awesome human being that she is, took matters into her own hands. After seeing the positive results a change in diet had in her own dog’s life, she knew she’d found a business she could be passionate about.

Healthy Hound is all Austin, all the time. Ingredients are sourced locally, totally natural, with no preservatives, extenders, or additives. They’re on a mission to make your pet healthier. So many store bought brands, even brands suggested by the vet, contain massive amounts of corn and other food-life extenders, which ironically could shorten the life of your pet. These preservatives can be hard to digest and can strain your dog’s system. Most people don’t even realize this, I definitely didn’t, but it makes sense. I mean you are what you eat, right? Why wouldn’t that apply to dogs too? I visited the Healthy Hound kitchen, and for real y’all, it was like they were cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Everything is super fresh. Not going to lie, for a minute there I considered a batch for myself.

Healthy Hound has been a part of the HOPE Farmer’s Market since its business began. Katherine says she likes how “hyper-local” it is. It lets her converse with people and hear their stories. “You also, start to get to know people, because there are so many usual market goers.” The joint focus on local nutrition makes the market a perfect fit. Not to mention, the dogs love it. The smart ones have figured out that if they are stubborn enough, their parents will end up getting them a treat. One time, they even had a little Pomeranian swimming around in their water bowl!

We all want the very best for our dogs, so if you’d like to learn more about Healthy Hound products. Check out their links below, or just come by the HOPE Farmer’s Market any Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 at Plaza Saltillo!

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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 can play the Oboe. Such a marketable skill, I know.

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!