BREWSTER, N.Y. -- What better way to treat your mother on her day than to let her dig deep into Mother Earth ... if she likes that kind of thing.
Even if she doesn't like to get dirty, the folks at Ryder Farm are selling potted plants, produce, and hanging baskets filled with nasturtiums and impatiens this Mother's Day.
"Gardening is a passion of mine and once you find your passion, you just rearrange your schedule and do anything you can do to it," said Emily Mallon, a volunteer at the farm. "Working with plants connects me to the beautiful essence of our planet and keeps me so present. The benefits are endless: learning new skills, meeting new people, working in the soil, being outdoors in a beautiful environment and then getting to eat all the fresh veggies. How can it get any better than that?”
For those mothers with giving hearts, the farm is in the middle of growing season and has ample volunteer opportunities available, according to folks at the farm.
Those interested in gardening can dig into the dirt, while those interested in other aspects of farming can volunteer with donkey, sheep, horses, ducks and chickens.
Ryder Farm opens a Farmers stand every Wednesday and Saturday starting in June and participates in the farmers market in Brewster starting the same month.
For more information on the farm's summer events and what's going on for Mother's Day, visit Ryder Farm online .