Pauley Alpaca Company
4220 Eastwood Rd SE, Rochester, MN 55904 | 507-316-1727 | www.pauleyalpacacompany.com
Enjoy a lively weekend fiber and handcrafting festival at Pauley Alpaca Company just five miles from downtown Rochester. You will be charmed by the inquisitive alpacas, darling goats, and Earl the Duck.
Upstairs in the remodeled barn the farm store is stocked with raw fleece, roving, yarn, exquisite garments and artisan handcrafts. A weekend of demonstrations and unique vendors will keep people of all interests entertained.
Prairie Haven Farm
6525 W 270th St, New Prague, MN 56071| 952-758-4128
Everybody along Hwy 169 knows Norm and Lori Pint -- champions of agriculture, arts, and community educational experiences at Scott County Fair.
At home they are shepherds of a flock of dual-purpose meat and fiber sheep, including PolyPay, Blue-Faced Leicester (commonly referred to as "BFL"), and Shetland. This is a family that loves farming from spring planting to the glorious smells in the kitchen after harvest.
Tour regulars will remember their food stand at Sutton Ridge Farm in years past, a popular taste of lamb done right.
Pick up a Land Stewardship brochure and ask about class offerings on Sunday at two other farms as well as year-round for farm dreamers and beginning farmers.
NEW! Ride 'em cowboy!! Norm and Lori are saddling-up a home-crafted wooden horse that the kiddos can ride.
Prairie Plum Farm
42443 120th St, Mabel, MN 55854 | 715-220-1183
Prairie Plum Farm is a tiny plot of 14.5 acres of rolling terrain in the Bluff Country of southeastern Minnesota where shepherdess Sue Wiegrefe's mission is to "nurture the land, protect the watershed, and work with nature to produce wholesome food and a regenerative experience for inhabitants and visitors."
She purchased the farm in 2011 from an Amish couple who left a wonderful legacy of buildings, orchard, and pastures. Sue remodeled the home and began integrating livestock and plants (grazing her gentle Babydoll Southdown and Finn X sheep in the fruit and nut orchards) to minimize expenses and waste. Ultimately, she would love to mentor members of the next generations in sustainable farming methods and increased food self-sufficiency.
You can visit with her in person, shop her farm produce, and fall in love with a few of her favorite sheep at Clear Spring Farm. Her website includes a list of animals for sale this fall for those wishing to start a flock or add a few sociable pets.
Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing & Farm
18495 Goodwin Avenue, Hastings, MN 55033| 651-485-7916 |
Tour the oldest full-service custom fiber processing mill in MN on this beautiful, diversified fiber farm nestled along the Vermillion River. Expect to be greeted by extremely friendly Boer Goats, Shetland Sheep, and Alpaca in a range of gorgeous colors.
Owner Rachel Boucher offers customers a popular fiber CSA and stocks the on-farm store with raw fiber, roving, luxurious yarns, garments & rugs woven on site. The concepts of locally-grown, artisan-handcrafted doesn’t get more local than to visit a place that masters every step of the process.
This artisan mill is an invaluable partner to shepherds who produce small or large quantities of fiber each year and otherwise would have few options for processing. Fiber artist Jessica Matz will be here demonstrating hand spinning & have her yarns & goat milk soaps for sale.
Red Gate Alpaca Farm
111751 Dundas Road, Dundas, MN 55019| 612-501-9161 |
After a visit to Red Gate Alpaca Farm you may forever say, "There's nothing cuter than a cria!" That's the word for a baby alpaca, and there are a few just weeks old in the herd of 70 Suri Alpacas who roam this beautiful 70-acre farm along the Cannon River Valley.
These animals are among the very finest in the United States with royal-sounding bloodline names like Macgyver, Bruxo, Inca, Uribe, Accoyo Camion, Kuma, Jericho, and Macgyver's Armed & Dangerous, just to name a few.
The distinguishing feature of Suri Alpaca fleece is the long locks favored by spinners and artisans. Natural colors range from white to black and many others. A visit to the website showcases breeding stock that is available and results of competitions nationwide. Interested in showing? Teri and Kraig Quamme won national Rookie Breeder of the Year in 2017.