By Mira Reverente
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11. Have you gotten Mom a gift yet? If not, we have some suggestions. The Calabasas Farmers Market is packed with thoughtful and meaningful presents for that wonderful woman who raised you.
If mom has a fondness for necklaces, earrings and bracelets, check out Jennifer Jones’ collection. The lariat-style necklaces are to-die-for, lightweight and versatile, and we’re sure she will love them!
Spring for some matching bracelets or earrings, and delight her even more. Most of the pieces are in the $39 to $150 price range, and Jennifer herself will put your purchases in a pretty box, ready for gifting.
For green thumb moms, how about bonsai plants or a cactus arrangement? Created by Na Hyong Chan, the “mini gardens” come in various sizes from $15 up. The bonsai trees come in little pots while the cactus arrangements come in various glass bowls.
Chan also has phalaenopsis in various bright colors, from $10 up, for your orchid-loving mom.
If you want to go bigger and your mom has a serious green thumb, how about gifting her with a tree? Citrus trees, fig trees, pomegranate trees and other fruit-bearing trees were abundant at Organic Only Nursery and Flower Farm.
If you’re feeling more adventurous and really want your gift to be unique, there are even Thompson seedless grapevines.
Lastly, one can’t go wrong with flowers and there are so many from which to choose.
Eufloria Flowers probably has the widest collection of roses. “The varieties and colors are too many to list,” said staffer Esther Sanchez.
You’ll just have to come and pick whatever strikes your fancy, she said.
There’re red roses, of course, in various shades, sizes and quantities. White is quite popular, too, according to Sanchez. Then there’s pink in every shade imaginable. You can make your own bouquet or choose from ones already made, from $5 up.
If you want to give your mom something else, Skyline Flowers has lilies and tulips. The Concador, Asiatic and Oriential lilies seem to be really popular, according to the staff of the Oxnard-based grower.
There are more lilies further down the market. Calla lilies, that is. ELC Growers carries them along with every color imaginable of the widely popular chrysanthemums.
“Women just love mums,” said Juan Duran, who works for the Ventura-based grower. “The sunflowers are big hits too and we seem to be the only one carrying them.”
There you have it. Say you love Mom with flowers or plants; say it with jewelry. Say it in your own unique way, and buy locally.
The Calabasas Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at 23504 Calabasas Road, across the street from the Sagebrush Cantina.