Sunday, May 8th: Love Your Mother!

While most of us think of Judy Kirkhuff, the Market Master of your Ballard Farmers Market, as the "Market Mom", she thinks of KaYing, a.k.a., The Old Farmer, as the quintessential mom at the Market. Personally, after calling my own mom this morning to wish her a Happy Mothers' Day, I will wish both of these ladies such as well. And I recommend you do the same (starting with your mom, not mine, of course). And while you're at it, pickup a beautiful bouquet of flowers from KaYing for your mom. Just be patient today. Our farmers have the freshest, most beautiful flowers to be found in town, and our moms deserve the best... so there will be a few lines!

Last year, we all learned about how Mothers' Day, as a holiday, actually originated as Mothers' Peace Day in the late 1800s. I suspect mothers everywhere still wish for peace. After all, it is they that pay the heaviest price for war, having to bury their sons and daughters. Let us all thank our mothers for life today, and then let us all wish with them for peace.

Alm Hill's Gretchen Hoyt is another of your Ballard Farmers Market's great flower arrangers... and moms. Stop by for some beautiful lilies or tulips in bouquets that can't help but make your mom forgive you... again!

Pamper mom with lovely smelling goat milk soaps from Harmony's Way. Goat milk soap is incredibly gentle on mom's sensitive skin, and Harmony's Way makes their soaps in a variety of refreshing scents and fun designs. Plus, they make their soap from the milk of their own goats just across the sound in Chimacum.

Mom's love cheese. Oh, who am I kidding? Everyone loves cheese! Like this wonderful, fresh goat's milk chevre from Bainbridge Island's Port Madison Farm. I love it on a fresh fougasse from Tall Grass, with some fresh arugula and some proscuitto.

Hmm. That's the fourth photo of flowers I've posted, each from a different vendor -- this one, Ia's Garden. I am thinking you are seriously out of excuses not to bring some of these home to mom, regardless of any lines. And while your mom might be too good to lay a guilt trip on you, I'm not!

Hey, look! Tulips from Children's Garden. (And the fifth photo of flowers from a different vendor.) You know, what says, "I love you, mom!" better than locally grown, fresh flowers. Sure, you can spend a lot more at some florist for flowers grown thousands of miles away with who knows what kinds of chemicals, or you can save money, get fresher, healthier flowers and support your local farmers with a magnificent bouquet of flowers from right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Now, which choice is going to make your mother prouder of you?

Of course, moms cannot live on flowers alone (though you'd think some could). So grab that special lady some oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Company, too, and give mom a tasty treat. They got 'em in the shell, shucked, smoked and even pickled!

And mom's need pie. Get her one of these strawberry-rhubarb pies from Deborah's Homemade Pies. These pies are the best pies on earth. Just be sure to tell your mother something like, "wow, this pie is so good, it is almost as good as the pies you make, mom!"

And mom's love wine, too, right? How about a bottle of one of these amazing, and award winning, wines from Lopez Island Vineyards!

And maybe your mom loves to garden. Red Barn returns this week with lots of delicious veggie starts the will give mom a gift that'll keep on giving all season long.

And did I mention how much moms love flowers? (This'll be the sixth photo of flowers, for those of you playing along at home.) Don't let the lines at Mee Gardens intimidate you. Spend some time meeting your neighborhoods. Watch in awe as the family assembles at lightening speeds bouquets so spectacular, you could only dream of making one in a day. All in the pursuit of making today special for the lady that makes the other 364 days of the year special for you!

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check the What’s Fresh Now! listings in the upper right-hand corner of this page for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.