Well, Mother’s Day is nearly upon us and apart from the fact that you better get going with that card and/or flower order and/or thoughtful gift, I thought it would be a good time to connect what we do here at Local Root with what mom has taught us over the years.
One of the great things we have on display on our chalkboard behind the barista station says, and I paraphrase, “We believe a tomato from Mom’s garden tastes better”. Now, this is true, but if you think beyond the fact that anything planted and tended by hand is bound to be better, you get into something deeper. You get into the care aspect of things.
I don’t know a lot about gardening, but what I do know comes from my mom. Some of my fondest memories growing up are from helping mom in the garden. I remember clumsily pushing a roto-tiller probably when I was around the age of 11, trying desperately to till an even row, most likely failing miserably. And pulling carrots in the fall from the ground was such a satisfying feeling. You’d have ever so much resistance, but once you got it, there was a feeling of accomplishment. And that was before tasting them!
Truth be told, I was just happy to be helping my mom. She always has and still does put a lot of care into her gardening and works a level of magic that I can’t fully comprehend. Maybe it’s patience. Maybe it’s experience. Maybe it’s just the type of nurturing only moms know how to provide.
And that’s just gardening. I could write a whole series of essays on my mom’s baked goods! And a whole other essay about how she helped me figure out math. And a whole other one on how she worked multiple jobs to get me through college.
My point is this: Much of my love for food and my love for garden fresh vegetables comes from my mom, but though that’s very representative of why I think she’s amazing, it’s only the tip of the iceberg, or stem of the carrot, if you will. I’m lucky to have a fantastic mother who is a wonderful inspiration to me and has given me so much goodness in life: gardening-related and otherwise.
One day isn’t sufficient to express my love and appreciation, but it’s a good reminder. I’ll be at Local Root this Sunday serving our fantastic brunch menu to many fantastic moms. And I’ll be doing so with my own mom in mind. And in doing so, I’ll be thinking about those tomatoes that are so sweet they’re like candy. And I’ll be thinking about her patience. And I’ll be thinking about the care she puts into making that garden special. And I’ll be thinking about the care she’s put into my own life, for which I’ll be eternally grateful.
We hope you and your mom will join us this Sunday! We’re proud to provide you the quality of Mom’s garden in all of our thoughtfully prepared dishes. There’s a difference in food that has been cared for every step of the way: from seedling to table and all steps in between. So say thank you to mom for all of her care and support with a meal that is steeped in the very qualities that make her wonderful too!