I’m back from Hawaii.  I arrived at Hopkins around 2:45PM and drove to the RIPE Fest at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens to meet up with Stephen, Nick and Sally.

The kids look like they each grow an inch or two while I was gone.  They still love the fountain.


Both of them were were very interested in the map.


We saw some nice autumn displays.  They kids played in the farm themed bounce house.


They each made a pot and planted some lettuce.


The kids also enjoyed driving these tractors around the path.


We didn’t arrive to the festival until about 4PM.  For me, the highlight was seeing Velvet View Farmstead Yogurt sampling their yogurt.  We’ve been getting it from the Fresh Fork CSA and love it.  It was nice to stock up.

While we were at the festival, we enjoyed an apple caramel crepe as an appetizer.  We also had grass fed cheese burgers with a milk shake for dinner.

The festival also included music and some other vendors.  There was also some programming.  All in all it was much smaller than last year.  Many vendors also tore down early which was frustrating.  We still managed to stay busy until almost 7PM before we headed home.  It was good to finally make it to our house.  I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.

I’ll have many posts about Hawaii coming up in the near future!