Annual Summer Fiber Day at the Farm
Our Summer 2018 farm open house took place on Sunday, July 22nd. We welcomed old friends and new to a buffet lunch and farm tour. Spinners, knitters and needlepointers enjoyed each other’s company and shared stories and ‘how-to’s. In case you missed it- look for your invite spring next year or, if we don’t have your contact info., please send it along to us.
2018 farmers market schedule will be announced in mid-September after a family trip to Alaska. We’ll be at community events and markets from late September through the holiday season– in Dutchess and Columbia Counties earlier in the season and Westchester County later in the season. Some markets we’ve been to before, a few new ones are on the calendar and there are several repeat performances of venues throughout the four-month market season.
If we’re not quite in your backyard, please make an exciting morning or afternoon excursion by contacting me to make an appointment in Pound Ridge. 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 fleece, supports family farming in the Hudson Valley, the protection of important agricultural lands, viewsheds, natural resources as well as local artisans who work with local fleeces and crafted yarns.
Our farm and fiber day is a wonderful way to get introduced to these attractive and special animals. Everyone who has attended our annual Fiber Day and Farm Open House has had a fabulous, informative time. They meet our animals, often quite intimately, and experience our alpaca fiber and sheep fleeces first hand. We have somewhere close to 100 lbs of fleece after our spring shearing! Many questions are asked and answered about alpacas as farm animals and pets; their care and temperament, and much is learned about alpaca fiber, from shearing to finished product.
Local spinners, knitters and weavers come to purchase fiber or yarn and share their knowledge of blending, natural dyeing, fiber care and processing. Selecting an outstanding fleece from an animal you’ve met and ordering custom yarn or roving is always a hoot. Enjoy a buffet lunch served on our screened veranda. Good company and new friends makes the day enjoyable for all.