Flower growers, florists, and wholesalers around the country have been spending months preparing for Mother's Day. It is the biggest flower selling and buying holiday, even more the Valentine's Day.
It matters a lot to growers to make an early income, but I was gifted with a reminder by a stranger yesterday about flowers, generosity, and how both combine to help us speak our heart to the world and I would like to share it with you as well.
Halfway through The Farmers Market at Libby, an gentleman stopped in front of my display of Mother's Day flower full of bright, vibrant tulips and sweet-scented daffodils. He spoke gently and swiftly as he handed me cash and said, "This is the first year that my mother is no longer here to give flowers to. I would like to buy flowers for you to gift to mothers throughout the market in honor of her." He did not mention his mother's name and I had not time to ask before he went away seemingly in a flash.
I was touched by his generosity and care, by his thoughtfulness and remembrance, and by the obvious love he had for his mother. I was also surprised by the feeling of joy, solemnity, and connection that I felt as I wrapped up and delivered the anonymously gifted bouquets of flower to the mothers around me in honor of one mother, gone but most definitely not forgotten. The memory of her care, kindness, and devotion wrapped up alongside those blooms.
Flowers sometimes seem frivolous and a luxury not always easy to afford, but they help us speak our words when words fail us or we fear to speak them. They can carry thoughts of care and connection when we are not present. And they can give solace in times of pain or sorrow. Flowers are maybe the gift of life, presence, and beauty that this world needs most.
If you missed me yesterday at The Farmers Market at Libby, you'll have one more chance to grab some flowers for the mother, grandmother, or mother-to-be in your life at the Kalispell Market this Saturday.
All my flowers and food are grown using organic methods and beyond (because, frankly, the standards have been weakened so much over time to allow big growers to qualify for certification). So you can be sure that your mom is getting the best quality, safest, and longest-lasting blooms for her special day!
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There are on-farm classes, free hikes, and workshops all designed to help you meet new plant friends and connect to the land you live one. See below for the on-farm schedule and stay tuned for updates on free hikes and workshops happening later this summer.
Future Learning OpportunitiesAre you ready to step into the wilderness?
Spring Foraging Classes: Dragon's Breath Farm: May 14th
Come learn about commonly available seasonal edible plants in our region. We'll meet the plants, learn about their edible and also medicinal qualities, proper foraging etiquette, and taste the wonders of the wilds. Join me on the farm on the afternoon of May 14th to see what the wilds can provide!
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Early Summer Foraging Class: Dragon's Breath Farm: June 10th
Come learn about commonly available seasonal edible plants in our region. We'll meet the plants, learn about their edible and also medicinal qualities, proper foraging etiquette, and taste the wonders of the wilds. Join me on the farm on the afternoon of June 10th to see what the wilds can provide!
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What's available this week?
Where to find it all?
Find me and all the spring farm goodies both Thursdays and Saturdays.
Thursdays from 3-630pm at The Farmers Market at Libby
Saturdays from 9-1230pm at the Kalispell Farmers Market
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.