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Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Dayspring Dair

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Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Dayspring Dair
Dayspring Dairy offers a variety of sheep milk cheeses and caramel spreads that any foodie mom will love. Photo by author

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13. If that sentence just sent a wave of panic down your spine because you haven’t bought a gift yet, do not fret. Bham Now presents the 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Market at Pepper Place. Open from 7 a.m. to noon this Saturday, the market has  gift options for every taste and budget.

1. Farm-Fresh Goodies

Sometimes simple is best, and prime strawberry season is fleeting. Why not make it a Mother’s Day gift? Or, perhaps, fill a bowl with a variety of locally sourced heirloom tomatoes or peaches (in Alabama, peaches are hitting their stride early this year).

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo by author

More than forty farmers will be selling in-season, local and stunningly beautiful fruits and veggies, as well as eggs, local honey and other yummies on Saturday.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Rora Valley Farm
Fresh eggs at the Rora Valley Farm booth. Photo by author

Even eggs are gift-worthy when they are farm fresh, locally sourced and donning shells in natural shades of pale blue and tan.

2. Bath And Beauty

Locally sourced, all-natural bath and beauty products abound at the Market at Pepper Place. They’re a great way to pamper moms, grandmothers or anyone you’ve ever described as “like a mother to me.”

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo via cottageindustrysoapcompany.com

Out of Prattville, Alabama, Cottage Industry Soap Company’s shea butter whips ($9.99) are “beloved by nurses, teachers, hairstylists and many other people with chronically dry hands.” The company also offers bath bombs, goat milk soaps and facial-care products.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo via @freedomsoaps on Instagram

Birmingham-based Freedom Soap Company offers small-batch, all-natural soap and skin-care products created from therapeutic-grade essential oils, natural plant materials and clays. Their soaps ($7.95 per bar) come in delicious-smelling varieties such as coffee-peppermint, eucalyptus-mint and oatmeal, which is scented with lavender and grapefruit and contains ground oatmeal for exfoliating.

Bring the spa experience home with locally sourced Freedom Soap Company’s Palmarosa and Ginger Bath Salts ($17.95) with Himalayan pink salt, or Rose and Cedarwood Toning Water ($15.95).

3. Classic Southern Treats

Among the many scrumptious offerings baked by Pie Lab, of Greensboro, Alabama, Brown Sugar Buttermilk Pie is a particular customer favorite.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Pie Lab. Photo by author

Candies, cakes, pies, pickled veggies, jams and jellies – Pepper Place vendors offer a veritable smorgasbord of authentic, locally sourced Southern favorites.

The ladies at Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes sell scratch-made cakes based on a recipe by “Big Mama,” Mrs. Emily Magnolia McClung. Based in Hoover, this local bakery offers a variety of classic pound cakes, including original, lemon-blueberry, key lime and chocolate.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Emily's Heirloom Pound Cakes
Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes. Photo by author
4. Gourmet Goods For The Foodie

With options like lemon-fig, basil-peppercorn and Italian black truffle, it’s hard to choose a flavor of Feta Fresca at Dayspring Dairy’s booth. Made from fresh, local sheep milk at the farmstead in Gallant, Alabama, the tubs are $8 each, but only $7 apiece when you buy four or more. (See the photo at the top of this post.) Dayspring Dairy also makes to-die-for sheep milk caramel spreads ($14), perfect for spooning over ice cream or dipping apple slices.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Dayspring Dairy
Dayspring Dairy sheep milk caramel spreads ($14). Photo by author

For the home chef, pick up a bag of Habersham Farms’ polenta (think fancy-pants grits). Local to Mentone, Alabama, the farm stone-grinds heirloom Floriani Red Flint corn to create this whole-grain, super-special polenta. Both creamy and coarse in texture, it will inspire all sorts of Alabama-Italian fusion dishes.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Garden Bee Honey. Photo via pepperplacemarket.com

And, of course, there is honey – lots and lots of local honey, sold by the Alabama farmers who support our bee populations. For a gourmet twist, pick up a jar of Garden Honey Bee’s  locally sourced Jalapeño Honey.

5. Gifts The Kids Can Make!

At the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op booth, you can pick up a child-friendly kit that the kiddos can use to whip up a gift for mom themselves. The kits teach the fundamentals of math and art through a hand-sewing activity that focuses the mind and reinforces hand-eye coordination. For every QUARK (Quilting Activity Resource Kit, $20) purchased, Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, a local nonprofit based in Woodlawn, will donate one QUARK to a Birmingham-area student. When you stop by the booth, you can also register your children for the Sew-Op’s summer camp June 11-15 ($150).

Birmingham, Alabama, Market at Pepper Place Mother's Day Gift Guide, Bib & Tucker Sew-op.
Photo via Bib & Tucker Sew-Op
6. Gifts For The Home

There is no shortage of chic, upscale home goods – all locally sourced from Alabama makers – at the Market at Pepper Place. The mother-daughter team behind Birmingham’s thimbletreestudio  offers one-a-kind, hand-crafted items, including throws, stitched art, aprons and totes.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Chunky hand-knit throw ($95). Photo via thimbletreestudio’s Etsy Shop.

For the plant lover, pick up a super-cool geometric concrete planter crafted by Cedar + Sail Supply Company.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide, Cedar and Sail
Concrete Geometric Planter ($25). Photo via @cedarandsail on Instagram
7. Jewelry

Bham Now editor picks for locally sourced jewelry for Mother’s Day include this chic pair of leather bar earrings ($17) from Leather & Pearl Girl and elegant, stoneware pendant necklaces with 18-karat gold glaze ($48 each) by Susan Gordon Pottery.

Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo via leatherandpearlgirl.com
Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place, 2018 Mother's Day Gift Guide
Photo via susangordonpottery.com
8. And, Of Course, Flowers!

Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift, and the rustic bouquets of local blooms available at the Market at Pepper Place are particularly charming.

Flowers at the Snow’s Bend Farm booth. Photo by author.

Check out flower options at the booths for Snow’s Bend FarmHappy Trails Flower Farm and Hepzibah Farms, among others.

Flowers at Hepzibah Farms booth. Photo by author
So come on over to the Market at Pepper Place this Saturday!

You have no excuse not to knock it out of the park this Mother’s Day. Head on over to Pepper Place this Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. No complaining –  you can get breakfast and coffee there.

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