Welcome to our farm. Alpacatrax specializes in in the production of top quality alpaca fiber for local artisans who appreciate working with fine raw fleece, roved fiber and spun wool. We also specialize in raising and breeding top quality alpacas for sale to caring families and individuals who want to start or grow their own herds for fiber purposes. We have included information about our shearing process, the care and feeding of our animals, and a descriptive section for many in our herd.
During the autumn months and for the holiday season, we participate in several, well-known farmers markets in Westchester, Dutchess and Columbia Counties where you can find one-of-a-kind, high quality finished products made from our alpaca fleece. Products range from eye-catching throws and blankets, our own designed foot warmers and fingerless mitts, to unique hats and exquisite shawls, cowls and scarves. For these products as well as for our yarns, alpaca fiber is often mixed with silk, angora or high quality sheep’s wool by the award-winning micro-mill we have worked with for years or by local artisans. Take a look at our product pages for inspiration. All our products are 100 percent natural and are not treated chemically (caramelized) to remove vegetable matter, nor have they been bleached or dyed.
Our cormo sheep wool takes natural or vegetable dyes beautifully and is a wonderful blend with our alpaca in natural colors. Spinners will appreciate our ‘top’ cormo roving and cormo sport or lace weight yarns. Newly added to our herd are several female Black Welch Mountain Sheep with natural black fleeces- nice to spin. We’ll be combining some of this natural black with our darker alpaca this coming year and are eager to experience this fine yarn product.
We’ve provided a history of our farm and its ties to the historic Hudson Valley.
Sales support family farming initiatives, regional agricultural land protection and its natural resources as well as the artisans who love what they do. You will too!
Alpacatrax participated in the following markets and community events during the 2018 autumn and early winter seasons:
- Feed Me Fresh Community Event
- Hudson Farmers Market Community Tent
- John Jay Homestead’s Farmers Market
- Larchmont’s Down to Earth Farmers Market
- Down to Earth’s Ossining Market
- Peekskill’s Farmers Market
- Pleasantville’s Farmers Market- Indoor and Outdoor
- Rhinebeck’s Farmers Market
- Rye’s Down To Earth Farmer’s Market
- Scarsdale’s Farmers Market
- Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (TaSH) Market
Thanks to all who stopped by and purchased yarn and finished product for themselves or as gifts – and to those who were inspired to do their own hand knitted, felted, spun, or woven projects – we applaud you! We look forward to our 2019 season which will start at the end of September and run through the holidays. Look for a calendar of farmers markets after Labor Day. In the meantime, fleece, yarn, roving and finished product are available as supplies last from last year’s shearing. After looking through our product pages, feel free to be in touch.
Alpacatrax looks forward to seeing old friends and making new ones during the next few months and before the 2019 holiday season. We will be at markets in Albany, Columbia County and throughout Westchester County during our three-month 2019 market season – some markets we’ve been to before and a few new ones!
If we’re not quite in your backyard, please make an appointment in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, or at our farm in Elizaville, Southern Columbia County. Our yarn selection this fall is fabulous and we have several new products crafted by local artisans for inspiration and gifts. Please remember that using local fiber in your fiber creations or purchasing that special fiber product made from locally raised, quality alpaca and sheep fleeces, supports family farming in the Hudson Valley, the protection of important agricultural lands, view sheds and natural resources as well as local artisans who work with local fleeces and crafted yarns.
Albany, New York – Albany County
Washington Park Farmers Market
Saturday, September 28th 10-2p
Knox Street Mall, Albany, NY 12203
For over 30 years, the Washington Park Conservancy has worked with the public, stakeholders, and the City of Albany to enrich programming and guide the restoration of the Capital Region’s premier historic park.
Katonah, New York – Westchester County
John Jay Homestead Farmers Market
Saturday, October 5th 10-2p
40 Jay Street, Katonah NY
The object of the Market Fair, on the plan that has so long and so successfully obtained in England, is to create a home market for the sale and exchange of farm stock and products, and manufactured wares, and goods of every description. If successful, it is proposed to continue the fair at stated times.
Hudson, New York – Columbia County
Hudson Farmers Market
Saturday, October 12th 9a–1p
The corner of 6th and Columbia Streets
Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award – 2014, a distinguished award for advancing local food initiatives within a 50-mile radius of the Village of Chatham.
Best Market in Columbia County – 2014, 2015 and 2018
Rhinebeck, New York – Dutchess County
Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Sunday, October 13th 10-2p
Sunday, November 24th 10-2p
Sunday, December 15th 10-2p
In the Municipal parking lot at 61 E Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Larchmont, New York – Westchester County
Larchmont Farmers Market
Saturday, October 19th 8:30-1p
Saturday, December 14th 8:30-1p (Craft and Spirits Market)
Metro North Upper Lot – Chatsworth Av/Myrtle Blvd
Managed by Down to Earth Markets
Rye, New York – Westchester County
Rye Farmers Market
Sunday, October 20th 8:30-2p
Sunday, November 17th 8:30-2p
Sunday, December 8th 8:30-2p (Craft and Spirits Market)
Parking Lot on Theodore Fremd Ave
Managed by Down to Earth Markets
Peekskill, New York – Westchester County
Peekskill Farmers Market
Saturday, October 26th 8a-2p
1 Bank Street between Main and Park in downtown Peekskill, NY
“Great market, fun vendors with tasty products! Surrounding area is worth checking out. Peekskill is really changing and developing into something special.”
Pleasantville, New York – Westchester County
Pleasantville Farmers Market
Saturday, November 2nd 8:30a–1p (Outdoor)
Saturday, November 16th 8:30a–1p (Outdoor)
Saturday, December 7th 8:30a–1p (Indoor-Confirmation pending)
Outdoor Market: Memorial Plaza (next to the Metro North train station) Pleasantville
Indoor Market: Pleasantville Middle School, 40 Romer Avenue, Pleasantville
“We’re proud to announce that for a sixth year in a row (2014 – 2019) the Pleasantville Farmers Market has been voted BEST OF WESTCHESTER by the readers of Westchester Magazine.”
Tarrytown-SleepyHollow – Westchester County
Tarrytown-SleepHollow (TaSH) Farmers Market
Saturday, November 9th 8:30a-2p
Patriots Park, Tarrytown, New York
Winner Best of Westchester 2017 “A Lively Hudson River Happening on an Idyllic Village Green”.
Kingston, New York – Ulster County
Kingston Farmers Market (Outdoor)
Saturday, November 9th 9-2p
Wall St, between John St and Main St in front of the Old Dutch Church
Park Slope, New York – Brooklyn
Park Slope Farmers Market
Sunday, December 22nd 10a-5p (Holiday Market – confirmation pending)
Park Slope – 4th Street – closed street – off 5th Ave at Washington Park & the Old Stone House Brooklyn
Market Host: The Old Stone House
Managed by Down to Earth Markets
Photo: Elyse and Julie, former owner of Etui Fiber Arts
We say ‘goodbye’ to our partner in natural fiber at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, NY as Julie moves onto new opportunities!