soapsThere 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 Special Lady’s Specialties or The Kitchen Witch’s all natural goat milk soap). Other gifts are best experienced, well, through experience! Here are some gift ideas found at Monroe 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 Maple Fudge from our blog.

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 this Saturday morning and ask for advice from Wendy the flower lady. 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.

MarketBucks23. Let Mom shop for herself

Visit the market info table to purchase MarketBucks. They work just like gift certificates, and this gives Mom the freedom to shop at her leisure. MarketBucks are available in $5 denominations and they can be spent with any vendor at Monroe Farmers Market. They do not expire. Want bonus brownie points? Build a gift basket and add MarketBucks to it. It’s easy to make a nice gift… even on a budget.

4. Experience downtown Stroudsburg with Mom

Enjoy a nice, sunny, Saturday morning at Monroe Farmers Market in Courthouse Square with live music by Mike Pilgermayer. Start the day by sampling jams and wine, and pick out some new goodies together. Sip a coffee drink from Mountain Ridge Coffee. Gather ingredients from market vendors and plan a meal you can cook together. Once your market shopping trip is done, head into downtown Stroudsburg and experience the local art scene at the galleries including Artspace Gallery, Soho in the Burg, or Origins Gallery. Bet you didn’t know there were so many?! Round out your morning with delicious local cuisine at a downtown restaurant or cafĂ©.

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.