So I have my application in for The Statham Farmers Market for this season starting in June and I am so excited! This is a big, busy market with a diverse group of folks selling of course veggies but also handknit items, pastured beef, homemade breads, honey and honey products, lotions, herbal medicinals, fruits and much more! I cannot wait to be part of this and the only downside is waiting until June, so in the meantime I have found a Sunday afternoon market in Hoscton located on a beautiful alpaca farm. Starting this Sunday, March 18th,from 12-5pm, I will be there.
Of course I just had to pet the sweet, furry critters. Somewhere in my future, I could see myself owning a herd of alpacas. Angie, the owner of Gilliland’s Heritage Alpacas, gave me a tour and answered my millions of questions in great detail. I feel in love with a female alpaca named Destiny! Destiny was extremely affectionate and did not leave my side until we left her. Alpaca fur is so incredible soft and thick and makes beautiful sweaters, scarves, socks, you name it!
A couple of Alpaca facts that I learned:
Alpacas are members of the camelid or camel family.
Mild-tempered and inquisitive nature
Two breed types – huacaya, fluffy and puffy and Sufi, fleece is long hair, pencil locks
Alpacas came from South America and they are raised for its soft fleece. Shearing occurs once per year and can yield 5-10 pounds of fiber.
Alpacas weigh approximately 100-200lbs and they stand about 36″ tall at the withers.
They mostly eat hay and grass and sometimes grain.
These beautiful creatures MUST live with other alpacas, never alone because they have a strong herding instinct even more so than horses.
For more info visit the farm website below.