We'd like to thank everyone who made this year's Farm Days a success.
First of all, thanks to everyone who came out for a day on the farm. We love showing off our herd. And thank you for your generosity; over the weekend we raised $82 for the Washington County Humane Society, $149 for Operation Christmas Child, and packed 148 boxes.
Thank you to Dave and Judy Ehley for lending us your mamas and babies. Thank you to our fiber domonstrators: Bridgette Deswarte, Joanne Habeck, Helen Thomas-Bronk, Char Haas and Nancy Wilson. Thanks to Amy Sander, Emily and Jake Clevinstine, Ruthann and Jim Cutting for your help with the kids activities, the store and photography. Thank you to Cub Scout Pack 26 from Big Bend and Mukwonago for bringing donationas packing lots of boxes for Operation Christmas Child!
Congratulations to Shaina Torres of Slinger, who won our drawing for a chicken, and Mary Ann Harde from Hartford, who won a pair of NFP alpaca socks.
Winter is Coming
We're coming up on hat and mitten season here in Wisconsin. Time to stock up on super-warm alpaca products for you and your loved ones.
The Magic Willows Farm Store will be open regularly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We have a wide variety of alpaca products from yarns and felting supplies to knitwear and home décor. We just stocked more US made alpaca socks in Superwarm, Outdoor Adventure and Slipper socks. We also have children’s books and toys for the kids. New wind up Alpacas just arrived. Eggs and whole roasting chickens are also available in the farm store. We have 3 turkeys as yet unclaimed. They go in for processing on November 13 will be available for $3.50/lb. Get your fresh Thanksgiving turkey before it's too late.
As always, we are open by appointment, too, so give us a call at (414) 217-5836 and we’ll keep the doors open for you.
We'll be marching again in the Hartford Christmas parade as part of Operation Christmas Child. Grey Ghost (aka Moose) the llama, Giovanni the alpaca and the Indian Runner ducks (Leslie, Maggie, and Sarah-Gwen) will represent some of the countries that receive OCC shoe boxes.
I am very excited to announce that I am officially a Certified Sorter of Huacaya and Suri fiber. I passed the written and practical portions of the tests. I can now sort without sending in samples to be checked by another sorter. Anyone interested in having their fiber graded and sorted can contact me. Sorted fiber results in more consistent, smoother and higher quality products. We'll be doing a sorting demonstration at the Illinois Alpaca Show October 27th and 27th in Grayslake, IL.
Our Newest Member
If you should stop by, you may notice a little black fox hanging around. That’s our farm dog-in-training Willow, a three-year-old border collie we adopted from the Washington County Humane Society. She was a stray and could use a few second breakfasts. The alpacas are a little suspicious of her, but she’s very friendly towards strangers.
If you’re counting, that’s 34 alpacas, 50+ chickens, 10 ducks, 6 turkeys, 1 peacock, 1 angora rabbit, and 1 dog.
Never too Early to Plan for Shearing
Hopefully herds all across Wisconsin have been able to enjoy the summer weather with nice haircuts. While we're now looking forward to cool autumn nights, before you know it, it will be May again, and shearers will be booked.
Tom is happy to shear smaller herds (20 and under). And if the job seems too big for us, we will recommend someone with whom we have had good experiences. Becky got to work with a lot of shearers last spring as the Fiber Frauen did their live fleece sorting. Our shearing services include teth and nail trimming and fiber collection for maximum harvest.
Our schedule fills up quickly, so call us today.