Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8, making the Saturday morning Visalia Farmers Market the perfect place to stop, shop and have a lovely stroll with mother dearest.. (and a great place to shop and play with your kids!) Kids can stop by the Community Corner booth and make mom a card for Mothers Day (free craft for all ages) but ALSO, the first 50 mothers to the market can stop by the Information Booth and pick up a $2 Gift Card, our gift to you for being an awesome mother!

There are lots of great ideas for Mother’s Day at your local farmers market if you just look around. Some of them come in cute little jars and wrappers (such as the assorted fruit spreads by Top of the Hill or Lancaster Creations all natural herbal toiletries). Other gifts are best experienced, well, through experience! Here are some gift ideas found at the Visalia Farmers Market:
1. Cook Mom a Meal
Nothing quite says “Thank you” like a home-cooked meal made from fresh, local ingredients. Served as breakfast in bed, or family-style with all the kids gathered around, as long as you clean up afterward, Mom is sure to be impressed with this idea. Try: Sweet & Savory Baked French Toast or Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus, or Chocolate Avocado Fudge.
2. Plant Mom a Garden
There are all kinds of ways to improve a landscape through gardening, but you’ll find so much more than florals at the farmers market this time of year. You’ll also find herbs and edible plants as well. Consider the space you have to work with, then visit the market Saturday morning and ask for advice from any of our multiple flower and plant vendors – or pay a visit to the Master Gardeners booth! Whether you decide on a back porch container garden of herbs or just a few bright floral accents, you’re giving a gift that can be enjoyed time and again.
3. Let Mom Shop for Herself
Visit the Market Information Table to purchase Visalia Farmers Market Gift Certificates. This gives Mom the freedom to shop at her leisure. Gift certificates are available in $10 denominations and they can be spent with any vendor at any of the Visalia Farmers Markets (including Downtown on Thursdays and in Porterville). Want bonus points? Build a gift basket and add the gift certificates to it! It’s easy to make a nice gift… even on a budget.
4. Experience the Market with Mom
Enjoy a nice, sunny, Saturday morning at the Visalia Farmers Market with live music by the Tayters. Start the day by sampling jams at Top of the Hill and beer from Kaweah Brewing Company, and pick out some new goodies together. Sip a coffee drink from Slow Train Coffee or The Twisted Bean. Gather ingredients from market vendors and plan a meal you can cook together. Once your market shopping trip is done, head into downtown Visalia and experience the local art scene at the downtown murals or at Arts Visalia!
Looking for some specific ideas / vendors to check out? Here are some tasty gift ideas from the Visalia Farmers Market!
Shower her with locally grown flowers. Choose freshly picked sweet peas, cosmos, amaranth, calendula, irises, and more from Whole Systems Agriculture, European Gardens, Maddy’s Secret Garden, Backyard Bouquet Nursery, or pick up an air fern from Plant in the Air!
Show your mom how sweet she is and give her locally harvested honey from Wells Apiaries or Cornett Farms.
For more treats, try delicious confections, dried fruit, nuts, cookies, and more from Top of the Hill, Twisted Lemon Branch, Ci’s Bakery, Ciera Farms, Dates by Davall or Hamada Farms.
Serve her breakfast in bed with freshly squeezed juice from Rancho Padre, Lindcove Ranch or Ferry Farms or make your own using citrus from Stearns Foothill Farms or Cottage Grove.
Create a home spa kit for total R&R with herbal hydrosols from Lancaster Creations, handcrafted soaps from Soaps Plus, and hand sewn heating packs from Bee Happy Babies.

Remember, “it’s the thought that counts” absolutely applies on Mother’s Day. Take the time to consider what your Mom likes and what makes her unique. It’s a safe bet you’ll find something that will make her smile right here at your local farmers market – even if it’s just a day spent together.