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Hope Farmers’ market -East Austin

November 20, 2010

I was in Austin over the weekend visiting family and friends. My mom suggested we check out a new Farmer’s Market on Waller street on the East side. Still amazed at how developed and gentrified  the East side of Austin is becoming. Always good when diverse groups of people can live together and share the same spaces.

The idea may sound like an obvious concept, and it may seem strange that I am noting it, but many  people think that Austin is the coolest, most liberal and diverse city in Texas. Well it is and it isn’t. As liberal and cool as Austin is and has always been, it still is a city with its share of segregation (like any other). The East side of town is filled with gorgeous, old historic houses. But it has also long since been the lower-income side of town. Riddled with gang problems, crime and neglected public schools. Yet still, rich with culture, cuisine, political activism and a community of good people who have kept the neighborhoods strong. The gentrification (condo, housing and retail development) over the last 5 years plus, seems to also be slowly closing the gaps between the huge segregation lines in Austin. Alternatively, I can only wonder how long time residents of East Austin feel about their property taxes increasing, as land values climb, as result of this development. Both unavoidable and beneficial.

The last time I lived in Austin, I’d frequent the  Farmers’ Market in Sunset Valley at Burger center. Largely because it was conveniently located to my South Austin bungalow and I had not much other reason to cross the river (Town Lake).

The  Hope Farmers’ Market is housed in a new warehouse type space situated along the railroad tracks running east to west. I immediately recognized it as the space used formerly for The FADER fort party during SXSW in 2009. My dear friend Seven was showcasing a new talent (Esser) on his Chicago based record label Chocolate Industries and I was fortunate to sneek in for a few hours.

I had a wonderful time at this cute market, exploring the fresh tastes (veggie tamales from The Gardener’s Feast) and local Texas produce (Johnson backyard) as well as admiring the exquisite artisan jewelery by Jasmine Turner and Bad Panda Jewelry.

quaint outdoor seating

Texas French Bread

Indoors, more local artists display and sell their works.

 

I was captivated by the intensely vibrant large-scale photos by artist Jamie Rood.

He transforms iconic Texas images, like oil rigs and abandoned pick-up trucks, into Technicolor treasures (as if they weren’t already). I have my eye on his print of the City of Austin Power Plant. Simply beautiful.

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  1. November 28, 2010 10

    Austin is always beutiful

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