Rush River Fiber
N3724 County Rd D, Bay City, WI 54723|715-273-4534
Rush River Fiber is a small, family-owned and operated farm perched on the highest hill in Pierce County, Wisconsin, producing lambs, wool, and organic produce. Our farm specializes in Shetland sheep, a small, hardy heritage breed originating from the rugged Shetland Islands of Scotland. Shetlands are known for their exceptional wool, considered a delight to spin, and ideal for felting. Visitors may wander the farm and see the pet goats, laying hens of several breeds, large no-dig vegetable garden, and small fruit and nut orchard (including elderberry, hazelnut, aronia berry, and honeyberry plantings). An on-farm mini store, housed in a three-season porch in our 1910 farm house, will offer fleeces, hand-spun yarn, natural and dyed roving, felted and knitted items for sale. We will also sell homemade pies--whole or by the slice--fresh-baked artisan bread, and produce, including peppers, garlic, pumpkins, winter squash, gourds, Indian corn, and more.
Sutton Ridge Farm
1500 West 200th Street, Jordan MN 55352|1500 W 200th St, Jordan, MN 55352| www.suttonridgefarm.com
Our family owns and operates Sutton Ridge Farm where we grow and raise high-quality food for your table and beautiful, natural fibers for textiles, crafting and art. Crop diversity and crop rotation coupled with multi-species pasture rotation helps to ensure good health for the animals and the land. Products available include: 100% grass-fed, dry-aged Highland beef; milk-fed pork, grass-fed lamb, raw fleeces, roving, yarn, wool products, and whole grains.
The Farmer & The Rancher
212 Mohrhauser Drive, Vermillion, MN 55085 | 612-964-9413|
Shop natural Suri alpaca and llama blend yarns and handwoven rugs at Map #8, where the owners of this fiber farm will features gifts from their store - Fluegel's Farm, Garden & Pet in Rosemount and Hastings. Also raises Ramboullet, Columbia, Dorset, and Suffolk sheep.
162 Newcomb Ave SW, Cokato, MN 55321|612-930-7033
We are Jane and Peter O'Shea and our teenage sons, Liam and Kieran. Together we enjoy life on a small lake in Central Minnesota, together with a flock of sheep and goats, a pair of yaks, a Jersey cow, two miniature donkeys and a flock of Icelandic chickens. We produce a good portion of our own food: fruit and vegetables from our gardens, eggs from the henhouse, and meat and dairy from our sheep, yaks, and cow. We shear each spring, comb out the precious yak fiber, and sell fiber to spinners and felters. We believe the way to live life fully is to be close to the earth and the animals. We love to share our farm with people who share our enthusiasm for nature and our gentle animals.
Windswept Hill Farm
20828 Ahern Blvd, Farmington, MN 55024|612-246-6332|
Since 1990, our family has been salvaging 12 acres of neglected prairie on two adjacent farms into a welcoming and inspirational place for living, learning, and creating. We raised two children to adulthood with the best of rural life -- responsibilities and freedoms – that we now share with others through informal and formal agri-tourism experiences. The farm that once supported our family is now producing over 200 lbs of fine wool fiber, market lamb and chicken, and eggs for our clientele of discerning cooks and artisans. The sheep flock that started 20 years ago with Marywent, the 4-H ewe, now features registered Leicester Longwools (on Livestock Conservancy’s critical list), Blue-faced Leicester, and select Shetland X Leicester. In 2014, we finished The House Next Door creativity retreat and studio and our iconic MondriBarn, paying homage to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (and yes, The Partridge Family Bus) with extensive use of architectural salvage. What an honor when we were invited into the Steglijk Art Museum De Stijl collection in Amsterdam. The farm includes Sweet Pea the Pet Hen, horses, pet koi fish, and Brick the Airedale, who will be available for read-to-me sessions with children who stop by our Little Free Library to get a book. We are excited to welcome our friends from Frosty Acres Alpacas and The Rancher and the Farmer for North Star Farm Tour weekend, filling the store with new alpaca and wool products. Visitors can look forward to a sheep shearing demonstration on Saturday morning, three-dimensional needle-felting with Franke Fiber Friends, hands-on wool processing Alison Cromie, author of the online Fleece and Fiber Guide, a display of African handcrafts, and meet-the-artist with Venezuelan Felix Landaeta, who is resurrecting Colonial Era handcrafting technique from the Andes region. And, as always, our Wool Angel station will be open as a voluntary fundraiser for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.