Kristy Sowers of Roanoke (seated) selling produce, baked goods, plants and laundry soap.

Opening Day for the Catawba Valley Farmers Market is May 10, the Thursday before Mother’s Day. Local vendors will have wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day shopping – many hanging baskets plus bedding plants and native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. If you’re planning a special meal, you’ll find grass-fed beef, sausage and bacon, spring produce, rhubarb and eggs. Don’t forget the breads and desserts, including fried apple pies! Need pickles and jams? Vendors will have those as well.

If you’re looking for that special non-food gift, such as something in the arts and craft line, choose from goat-milk bath and beauty items, pottery, sewn items (purses, table runners, place mats, quilts and more), wooden crafts, scented candles, barnwood-framed photography and…

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