Friday, September 24, 2010

Maine Alpaca Open Farm Weekend is this Weekend

It’s that time of year again — 16 Alpaca farms across Maine are opening their barn doors to the public, offering an opportunity to see and even interact with these gentle and curious creatures, meet the owners, and learn about the business of alpaca farming and the attraction of the alpaca lifestyle.
Most farms have a farm store where visitors can purchase alpaca yarn or luxurious garments and accessories made from alpaca fiber, the quality and softness of which has been compared to cashmere. Specific items for sale include blankets, rugs, duvets, sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves from fiber that’s been grown in Maine.
The Alpaca Farms in southern York County who are involved in this event, held Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26, include Alpaca Fields, Inc. in Berwick (Open 10-4 both days) and Blueberry Fields Alpaca Farm, LP in York (Open 10-4 Saturday only).
Photo caption: Eliot’s first sunbath at 6 hours old. (Pamela Harwood at Longwoods Alpaca Farm photo)