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Nov
20

Come take part in SyracuseFirst’s Annual Buy Local Bash! Going into its 8th year, the Buy Local Bash brings community members and local merchants together for a one-of-a-kind social, shopping and tasting event to highlight the locally owned, independent businesses of Central New York. I'll have alpaca product- socks, mittens, insoles, scarves, dryer balls, along with Young Living Essential Oils

Nov
24

Two farms - one convenient location! Take a break from the annual Thanksgiving winery tours to come meet the colorful alpacas of EasyGo Farm and Alpacas of Oregon. The Open Barn is located in Sherwood, Oregon, just off Hwy 99, in the midst of wine country. We will be open Friday and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Get nose to nose with the females, crias, herdsires, and alpacas for fiber artists, 4-H, companions, or pasture ornaments & lawn mowers. Get your hands on our luxurious alpaca products: fleece and roving for handspinners, yarn for knitters, sweaters, scarves, socks, & more, many handcrafted. This is a unique way to entertain your out of town company, as well as do some holiday shopping. Visitors can chat with long-time livestock breeders who've raised llamas, horses, sheep, and goats. They've found that alpacas are a perfect match for owners of small acreages or for crafters looking for their own four-legged fiber producers. Both farms offer alpacas for sale along with boarding options.

Nov
25

Come and join us for Our Little World Alpacas 4th Annual “Christmas in the Alpaca Barn” on Saturday, Nov 25 and Dec 2, 2017. Our alpacas will be in the barn for this event; come and enjoy an up close and personal look at these wonderful peaceful creatures. You are welcome to come and learn how the alpacas live, their temperament, what they eat and if you are lucky some of our friendliest alpacas may try and steal a kiss so have your camera’s ready. Our Farm store will be open if you are looking for unique gifts for family and friends. We feature products hand made from our own alpaca fiber, as well as unique products from Peru. Alpaca is the gift of warmth. Hand knit hats and scarves, Alpaca Bears & Dolls and the warmest socks you will ever own.

Nov
25

Hoosier Heartland Alpacas Invites you to our 7th Annual Christmas Open House Saturday, November 25th, 10-4pm Join us on “Small Business Saturday” and shop local during our 8th Annual Christmas Open House and our Farm Store in the Big Red Barn where we have Alpaca products for sale. We have alpaca socks, hats, scarves, gloves, bears, soaps, ornaments, finger puppets and blankets, as well as some handspun and mill spun alpaca yarns from our herd. We also offer hand woven items such as rag rugs, kitchen towels and baby blankets. You may get to see the spinning wheel in action that day as well but certainly will get to see the herd who will be hanging out at the barn. Santa and his elves are scheduled make an appearance from 1-3pm so we hope that you will join us for our 8th Annual Christmas Open House on the farm and enjoy some cookies and hot cider while you shop or visit with us and our herd. Directions From US Hwys 50 & 31 Go North on US 31 approximately 3.5 miles Turn right onto County Road 900 N, at the 2nd Stop Sign you will turn left onto CR 1300 E/1000 W. We are ½ mile on the right. Ed & Juvonda Jones 2500 North County Road 1000 West Seymour, IN 47274 812-445-7874 www.hoosierheartlandalpacas.com hwww.facebook.com/pages/Hoosier-Heartland-Alpacas-llc/254199127923706

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ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are gentle creatures that are easy to care for and can be raised for either profit or for pure enjoyment as a hobby.

Although they make wonderful pets and are exceptionally gentle with children, they are primarily known for their high quality, luxury fiber. Alpaca fiber is highly prized for its exceptional softness, durability, incredible warmth, and is hypoallergenic. In fact, it is considered to be a luxury fiber.

Like other natural fibers, alpaca wool has excellent thermal and wicking properties, so it will keep you warm and dry, yet will allow your skin to breathe. Alpaca fiber makes great socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Lower grade fiber from the legs and belly area makes excellent rugs and blankets.

Alpaca Breeds

A Suri alpaca has long, silky fiber that hangs in narrow twists or locks and resembles dreadlocks. The Huacaya looks like a plush toy animal and has shorter, dense, crimpy fiber that is soft and fluffy looking. The Suri is not as common as the Huacaya, and therefore its fiber tends to be more expensive.

Alpaca History

Alpacas originated in South America and were imported to the United States in the 1980s. They are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels and llamas, but they chew their cud the same way that cows do.

An alpaca's diet consists mainly of grass and hay, and it can obtain most of its food from grazing in the open pasture. They will also trim the grass carefully without pulling out the entire plant.

After the initial investment, the cost of maintaining alpacas is relatively low and they are considered to be a very healthy, 'green' animal, having very nutrient-rich manure. Alpacas are shorn once a year, and their fleece does not take long to grow back.

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