We have fresh ideas for you!
Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12, and if you need gift ideas, check out the Roots farmers and retailers at Historic Brightleaf Square on Saturday and bring something picked fresh for Mom! Our ideas have much to do with locally-sourced food, which is what we’re passionate about, but you’ll find that the convenience of our location at Brightleaf brings more to the table for you and your family each time you visit!
Strawberries are in Season
If these juicy berries are your mom’s favorite, pair a t-shirt or tote from Song of Sixpence with a freshly picked pint of fruit from one of our vendors. Add some of Dandies Farm’s homebaked shortcakes for a sweet and memorable gift.
If salad is always on Mom’s menu, you’re in luck! Our growers offer a wide variety of greens to make a tasty medley: Romaine, microgreens, chard, kale, spinach, fresh herbs, and more. Then, stop in Bull City Olive Oil to create your own vinaigrette pairing selected to mom’s tastes with seasonally-produced olive oils from Spain, Greece, Chile, or Italy and excellent quality vinegars. The shop also has additional gourmet provisions to complement any meal. Plus chocolates, fruit preserves, and local honey if you’re already thinking about dessert.
To Market With Mom
Plan a Saturday morning outing with Mom so that the two of you may experience the market together. Chat with farmers, browse freshly harvested produce and meats, and select ingredients for an amazing Mother’s Day meal … that you will be preparing, of course! How about a spinach omelette or frittata with pork sausage links on the side for breakfast? For dinner, try humanely-raised grilled steak or pork chops and roasted root vegetables.
The Heart of the Home
Check out Kitchen and Dining Department at Morgan Imports to outfit your (or mom’s) home with gadgets and accessories for food prep and storage, serving bowls and platters, barware, or table linens. They also have a great selection of veggie and fruit cleaning tools, canning supplies, and special storage bags to help your produce retain its nutrients and last longer.
Let a Garden Grow
Textbook Plantery recently joined our list farmers who bring an assortment of starter plants to create a home garden, the gift that keeps on growing. Build an herb garden with basil, lavender, mint, and rosemary. Other starter plants include hops, flowers, muscadine vine, and a variety of tomatoes.
Beyond Roots Farmers’ Market
There are more fantastic retailers and restaurants that we enjoy sharing the courtyard with, each with options for excellent gifts or good food:
Book one of AR Workshop’s sessions and spend a few hours crafting together.
Have a treasured family photo framed or find work from local artists at Bull City Frame.
Items from Indio’s selection of local and international artisan-made textiles, beauty products, journals, and more make thoughtful and lovely gifts.
Hamilton Hill has a unique and sophisticated selection of fine, handcrafted jewelry.
And, details offers a curated collection of leather goods and fine accessories; many are sustainable and ecologically-friendly creations.
We hope these ideas help you choose an extra-special Mother’s Day gift. Our farmers’ tables are in the courtyard on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., stop by and say hello!