Alpacatrax looks forward to seeing old friends and making new ones over the next few months and before the 2022 holiday season. We will be at markets in Dutchess, Ulster and throughout Westchester County during our three-month 2022 market season – most markets this year, we’ve been to before. Several markets which we’ve loved have sadly closed over the past few years and we continue to explore new markets in our four-five 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.
We’ll be exploring some venues in Southern Connecticut and New York where interests of landscape gardening enthusiasts meet natural fiber. There is a nice contingent of fiber enthusiasts who are gardeners for pollinators and use native plants in garden design which, as we know, supports important color variation for botanical dyeing.
For purchasing yarns, roving or finished product, if our markets this fall are 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 24th 9-2p (with ‘first pick’ for members 9-9:30)
Saturday, October 8th 9-2p
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…”
Mt Kisco, New York – Westchester County
Community Event – Ivanna Farm
Saturday, September 24th 6p
All sales proceeds go to support programming at the Mt Kisco DayCare Center – Feed Me Fresh Gala
Kingston, New York – Ulster County
Kingston Farmers Market (Outdoor)
Saturday, October 19th 9-2p
November 19th 9-2p
At Wall St and John St., Kingston, NY
Rhinebeck, New York – Dutchess County
Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Sunday, October 2nd 10-2p
Sunday, October 30th 10-2p
Sunday, November 20th 10-2p
Sunday, December 18th 10-2p
In the Municipal parking lot at 61 E Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Larchmont, New York – Westchester County
Larchmont Farmers Market
Saturday, November 5th 8:30-1p
Saturday, December 10th 8:30-1p
Pleasantville, New York – Westchester County
Pleasantville Farmers Market
Saturday, October 22nd 8:30a–1p
Saturday, November 12th 8:30a–1p
Saturday, December 3rd 9a-11:30 (Confirmation pending, pre-orders preferred)
Memorial Plaza (next to the Metro North train station)
Rye, New York – Westchester County
Rye Farmers Market
Sunday, October 23rd 8:30-2p
Sunday, November 13th 8:30-2p
Sunday, December 4th 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!
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!