Best of Missouri Market 2016
This weekend was The Best of Missouri Market at the Missouri Botanical Garden! It’s one of our favorite events, one that marks the official beginning of Fall. Pumpkins, apple butter, fuzzy animals, kids crafts, a crisp breeze, all in the gorgeous surroundings of the impeccable gardens.
The main attraction is the enormous tents filled with local vendors, all offering samples and peddling their goods to the throngs of visitors strolling through. But we tend to head straight to the Kids Corner, back by the Children’s Garden. Year after year we milk the cows, get a face painting, pet alpacas, and build something at the Home Depot craft booth.
And it’s the place we pick out our first pumpkins of the season.
And every year I encourage my kids to crawl into the pile of pumpkins…not sure if it’s good for them to be stepped on, but sure makes for a cute picture. Both boys just dove into the pile and started looking for the perfect pumpkin. We probably could have just left Finn there all morning, he was so happy. Funny enough, on our way into the gardens I ran into a friend who pointed out that Finn and his buddy Mia were featured, from this same spot, in this year’s market program.
Since he’s practically a professional farmer now, Ethan couldn’t wait to get under the cow for a little milking and Finn marched right up to start petting, no fear. He even gave a few teat squeezes but couldn’t quite get the technique right for producing milk, which didn’t stop him from tugging (I could not stop laughing). He seemed pretty confused when I kept saying, “This is where milk comes from!”
As an added bonus this year, Ethan took an alpaca for a walk. It was the softest animal I’ve ever pet. The whole scene was hilarious.
We stopped for a little face painting, Ethan specifically requesting a butterfly—I love him so much for this. Finn gave it a whirl too, but his lasted exactly 4 seconds.
We spent the most time at the pumpkin decorating station. Ethan has really become crafty in the past few months so he was a gluing, feathering, and pom pom-ing fool. And of course Finn wants to do anything big brother is doing.
We love the botanical gardens SO much, it’s the most serene and amazing place to spend a morning, and their events are extremely family friendly. Our other favorites include the Garden Glow, Family Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt, Breakfast with Santa, and Ghouls in the Garden. That last one was the topic of a recent postcard campaign that just happened to feature yet another picture of Finn from last year.
We’re at all the garden events. Oh and every one of the activities we did this morning was free! I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Sunday morning.