Fall/Winter 2017 Events
It's Alpaca! Holiday Shopping
Our It's Alpaca! Farm Store carries a wide variety of alpaca products, including sweaters, hats, gloves, yarn, stuffed animals, and other toys and accessories. We invite you to visit our alpacas and then take home a little of that alpaca softness for your very own and for everyone on your gift list.
It's Alpaca! is open the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 5pm. We're also open every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year we are also opening on Christmas Eve!. That means we're open on the following dates this holiday season:
- Saturday, December 9th
- Saturday, December 16th
- Saturday, December 23rd &
- Sunday, December 24th
The store is also open by appointment, so feel free to call or email to arrange a convenient time to visit.
Birthdays and Babies at Shepherd's Purse Alpacas
I'm sorry to say that we have no alpaca birthdays in December! Actually, December is not a great time to have a new cria arrive. Often it is too cold in Maryland and it may even snow (you never know around here)! However, the lack of a current birthday won't stop me from showing off cria pictures anyway. We're proud of all of our animals and think cria pictures are the most fun of all!
Since we are about to celebrate our 16th anniversary as breeders in January, I decided to share photos of our first crias. First up is Tess, shown here with her mom Tasha on the day we bought them. Tess was born on May 24, 2001, so she was a little over seven months old in this photo. Merry Christmas!
Here is a shot of how Tess looks now.
The next photo shows our second cria, T for Texas, peeking over mom Tasha's back. This was taken on the day she was born, May 26, 2002.
Tasha and T became the foundation of our white breeding program, while Tess is the foundation of our brown program. We've been very pleased with the cria from all of these girls.
Below you will find a shot of the proud T as she looks today
Ribbon-Winners at the 2017 AOA National Fleece Show
The next time you visit, congratulate SPF Harrigan, SPF Ines, SPF Happy Boy, The Wild Rover of SPF, SPF Weapon of Choice, and SPF Sweet Marie for their ribbons at the AOA National Fleece Show Spin-off! We are especially pleased with Harrigan and Ines, who took home first place ribbons, and Happy, Rover, and Weapon, who took home second place ribbons!
Everyone received high praise for the soft handle of their fleece and the quality of the resulting handspun yarn. It is gratifying to see our breeding program get some great feedback for our fiber production!
Here's Happy Boy looking at the girls! Come on out to congratulate the winners and see how macho he has become!