Summer gardens are in full swing, and some of you may even be experiencing an embarrassment of riches when it comes to certain fruits, vegetables or herbs in your backyards. Well, HOPE Farmers Market is stepping up to take that excess bounty off your hands.
The farmers market, which was launched at Pine Street Station in 2009, operates on Sundays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. during the summer. While HOPE already has a steady showing of farmers at the weekly open-air market, organizers realize that this new program could provide a much-needed service to green-thumbed Austinites, encouraging the continuation of urban farming methods.
Although still in its infancy in terms of details and logistics, the organizers of the HOPE Farm Stand Project are asking interested participants for any and all feedback in order to make this a viable weekly offering at the market. The first step will be finding out what type of high-quality, sustainably grown surplus even exists within the community, which is why they’ve launched a survey to do just that.
HOPE is also currently testing out other models of community engagement, recently launching the co-branded HOPE Farm Cooperative, an urban farm in East Austin that will also ultimately be a direct line to the neighborhood market. The garden is expecting its first crop — sunflowers — in July.
As for now, the best way to offload your extra bushels of tomatoes is to reach out to HOPE directly to discuss individual arrangements. You can contact Program Director & Market Manager, Elizabeth Garrett with further inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org