The Grund’s family farm is a magnet for animal lovers and fiber artists, including local artisans from Walcott Township, A Woolen Forest rabbitry, and Abiding Farmstead with dairy goats during tour weekend. Their website includes this statement about their Angora Goats: “They bring us joy and peace and love to share our farm with you.” A delightful menagerie of animals awaits visitors next weekend, including some that are for sale to good homes. Try to resist the 20 Angora kids in many colors, some with registered pedigrees that stretch all the way to Texas. Visitors can’t get enough of Duncan and Gus, the crowd-pleasing donkeys, and Sunny and Sassy, the five-year-old pet pigs who weigh a hefty 500 lbs each. Antics of the Bijou the llama, farmyard ducks, chickens, geese and rabbits will make you smile, too. And the salvation of local homeless animals, Rescue 55021, will be there with cats to adopt! But you’ll soon find your way back to the Angora Goats, drawn by their winning personalities and the remarkable fiber that is prized by doll makers, weavers, knitters and others who appreciate the durable, lustrous qualities of mohair. Interested in expert help before you choose a fleece or a pair of goats to take home? You are in the right place. The Grunds are members of the Colored Angora Goat Breeding Association. North Star Farm Tour is grateful to include Grazing Goat Ranch in this year’s map, and we salute Jody Grund for his service in the United States Marine Corp and membership in the Homegrown by Heroes program of the Veteran Farmer Coalition.
Products: Shop for raw fleece, roving, and natural or dyed mohair yarn in the farm store, or take advantage of a rare, special privilege to choose and reserve your dream fleece on a live goat during tour weekend. Your fleece will be shipped immediately after shearing the first week of October. Jessica’s Mohair saddle cinches for sale. Local artisans feature handmade wood benches, planters, handcrafts, and more.
Demos: Tonia Blume will demonstrate cinch-making for saddles both days. (Equestrians – spread the word to saddle clubs and 4H Horse Project youth). Alejandra Sanchez of A Woolen Forest will bring Angora rabbits and discuss their care and value as fiber animals. Her expertise includes use of natural dyes, which is the perfect companion for natural white mohair, and spinning. Abiding Farmstead will milk dairy goats during the weekend.
Events: Sat. Noon to 2 p.m. Northfield Yarn from Northfield, MN will display an extraordinary basket woven with farm-raised mohair, knitting projects and distribute free patterns. Stuck on a project? Bring it with your questions to consult with an expert.
Activities: Take your family portrait, senior pictures, or selfie in the rural scene set with a vintage truck, pumpkins and other fall décor.
Food: Thirsty visitors will appreciate the pop stand, run as a benefit for Rescue 55021. (Don’t forget to take home a cute cat!)
Woven Basket, knitting projects, and free patterns
Saturday Noon - 2 pm