Alpacatrax looks forward to seeing old friends and making new ones over the next few months and before the 2021 holiday season. We will be at markets in Dutchess, Ulster, Brooklyn and throughout Westchester County during our three-month 2021 market season – most markets this year, we’ve been to before. Several markets which we’ve loved have sadly closed this year but we continue to explore new markets in our four-county New York area as scheduling and vendor space permits. If there is a market you’d like to see us visit – please let us know.
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.
Katonah, New York – Westchester County
John Jay Homestead Farmers Market
Saturday, September 25th 9-2p (with ‘first pick’ for members 9-9:30)
Saturday, October 9th 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…”
Kingston, New York – Ulster County
Kingston Farmers Market (Outdoor)
Saturday, October 16th 9-2p
November 6th 9-2p
At Wall St and John St., Kingston, NY
Rhinebeck, New York – Dutchess County
Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Sunday, October 17th 10-2p
Sunday, November 7th 10-2p
Sunday, December 12th 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 23rd 8:30-1p
Saturday, December 18th 8:30-1p (Craft and Spirits Market)
Metro North Upper Lot – Chatsworth Av/Myrtle Blvd
Managed by Down to Earth Markets
Ossining, New York – Westchester County
Ossining Farmers Market
Saturday, November 29th 8:30-1p
Parking Lot near the corner of Spring & Main Streets
Park Slope, New York – Brooklyn
Park Slope Farmers Market
Sunday, November 14th 10a-3p
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
Pleasantville, New York – Westchester County
Pleasantville Farmers Market
Saturday, October 30th 8:30a–1p (Outdoor)
Saturday, November 13th 8:30a–1p (Outdoor)
Saturday, December 11th 9a-11:30 (Confirmation pending) (pre-orders preferred)
Outdoor Market: Memorial Plaza (next to the Metro North train station)
Indoor Market: Pleasantville Middle School, 40 Romer Avenue
Rye, New York – Westchester County
Rye Farmers Market
Sunday, October 10th 8:30-2p
Sunday, October 31st 8:30-2p
Parking Lot on Theodore Fremd Ave
Managed by Down to Earth Markets
Welcome to our farm. Alpacatrax specializes 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 – coming soon — will be 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, Ulster, Dutchess and Columbia Counties as well as in Brooklyn, 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 and 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 our farmed raised Cormo sheep fleece by the award-winning micro-mill we have worked with for years. 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 its natural colors. Spinners will appreciate our ‘top’ Cormo roving while weavers, knitters and those who love crochet-work will appreciate our 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’ll love working with our farm-raised fiber too!
Alpacatrax participated in the following markets and community events during the 2020 autumn and early winter seasons:
- John Jay Homestead Farmers Market – Katonah, New York
- Hudson Farmers Market – Hudson, New York
- Rhinebeck Farmers Market – Rhinebeck, New York
- Down to Earth’s Larchmont Farmers Market – Larchmont, New York
- Kingston Farmers Market – Kingston, New York
- Down to Earth’s Rye Farmers Market – Rye, New York
- Pleasantville Farmers Market – Pleasantville, New York
- Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow (TaSH) – Tarrytown, New York
- Down to Earth’s Park Slope Market- Brooklyn, New York
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 2021 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.
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!