Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HOPE Farmers Market and HOPE Outdoor Gallery

July Summer Fun Checklist Items: Sample a veggie at HOPE Farmers Market Sample Station AND Check out artists at work at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery.

HOPE Farmers Market

Held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on East 5th and Comal, the HOPE Farmers Market is an East Austin gem nestled on the beautifully rustic Plaza Saltillo.

Image courtesy of HOPE Farmers Market

Image courtesy of HOPE Farmers Market
As an acoustic band’s music sprinkled onto the patio, two boys played a game of Cornhole (think washers with bean bags) in the plaza center near the fountain. I eyed approaching rain clouds as I sidled up to the shops to see what I could find. This market had everything but the kitchen sink. I didn’t have any knives to get sharpened at Knife Party, but I did grab an iced free-trade coffee from Texas Coffee Traders. Some more well-known Austin institutions were represented such as Thai Fresh and Tacodeli (two words: doña sauce), and also some companies I hadn’t yet heard of, such as El Cruz Cafe and Windy Hill Farm, both of which boasted an impressive offering of cabrito, or goat, and West China Tea Company.

West China Tea demo, courtesy of HOPE Farmers Market

There was a variety of produce to choose from as well as products from
Central Texas Bee Rescue, which is fighting to stave the dramatic decline of the honeybee.



Images courtesy of HOPE Farmers Market

Ongoing market projects include the HOPE Farm Stand, which supports small and urban growers and increases access to healthy food in East Austin; Likes Bikes, which raises cycling awareness and encourages all to bike more often; a local artist poster series which feature local artists; and HOPEFM live program, live music by up-and-coming local bands.

Image courtesy of HOPE Farmers Market

With live music, a variety of family-friendly events, and fresh produce, you'll find HOPE Farmers Market has something for everyone in the family. Be sure to keep up with HOPE Farmers Market on their website and Facebook page for updates and coming events.

HOPE OUTDOOR GALLERY

Image courtesy of HOPE Outdoor Gallery Facebook page.
Just down the road at 1101 Baylor Street is the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. It is hard to explain the experience: gritty and undeniably urban but also peaceful and magical in a way. It’s almost like the art installations have been there always, instead of just since 2011.

Image from HOPE Outdoor Gallery Facebook page


Image from HOPE Outdoor Gallery Facebook page

"The HOPE Campaign, launched in December 2006, was founded to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Initial projects leveraged contributors’ creative talent and national recognition to bring this crisis to the forefront of the media. Since then, thousands of individuals
and organizations have joined the movement. Inspired by this positive response, HOPE is growing and actively enrolling new talent and partners. Any contributions support future HOPE projects, allowing artists and musicians the ongoing opportunity to share their talent."


Image from HOPE Outdoor Gallery Facebook page
Image from HOPE Outdoor Gallery Facebook page

The three-story educational art project is one of the largest outdoor galleries in the U.S. and was developed to provide artists (graffiti, muralists) the opportunity to display large-scale art pieces. The messages behind these pieces are inspirational, positive and educational.

Follow HOPE Outdoor Gallery on their Facebook page for updated images and information.


About the author: Ashley Clary-Carpenter left her Texas-hopping journalism job and joined the good fight of educating Austin middle schoolers so she could be closer to her awesome baby girl. She enjoys hiking, live music and spending time on the water with her water baby and rockstar husband.

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