A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

November 5, 2019

Let’s Give Thanks!

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Celebrate Your Favorite veteran at Windrush Alpacas on November 9.

October 28, 2019

Celebrate Your Favorite Veteran at Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day

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Visitors Enjoying Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas
Visitors Enjoying Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

We honor our veterans every day at Windrush Alpacas, but this year our monthly Open Farm Day falls very close to Veterans Day. Spend the day with your favorite veteran, and others who serve our communities, with a visit to Windrush Alpacas! It is a wonderful, unique experience for all who attend.

At Windrush Alpacas our herd loves to have visitors – it means extra attention and extra food! But it’s not only about spending time with alpacas. It’s about spending time with those you love, too! While you are here, you can tour the farm, ask questions about raising alpacas, and see what farm life is all about.

Stop by anytime on Saturday, November 9 between 10 am and 3 pm. In addition to our alpacas, you may catch a glimpse of our livestock guardian dog, barn cats, our cow Newark, and other farm friends, too!

We are also getting close to holiday shopping time! Purchase gifts for everyone on your list at our Farm Store. We have super warm alpaca socks and slippers, hats and gloves, scarves and shawls, beautiful yarns for your craft projects, and cozy pet beds for your dogs and toys for your cats! Make sure you stop by for refreshments too!

Special Event Alert: The Farm Store will be open every Saturday in November & December in case you can’t make it to Open Farm Day. Hours are 10 am -3 pm.

While at the farm, ask about our Adopt-A-Paca© program. You can have a very special alpaca to visit whenever the farm is open when you become an Adopt-A-Paca© member. You’ll get an official certificate, a picture of your alpaca and occasional letters from them too! It is also a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and relatives.

Open Farm Day is for all ages! Bring your family, your friends and especially your veterans! There is always something new to learn and see at the farm, so if you’ve been here before, please come again! Stop by anytime on Saturday, November 9 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Light refreshments will be served!

It’s always free admission and free parking. Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca  

October 7, 2019

October Open Farm Day is This Saturday!

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September 30, 2019

Fall in Love with Alpacas at Open Farm Day

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Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day

Fall is a perfect time to visit Windrush Alpacas. Our alpacas enjoy the cooler temps just like us! And they love to have visitors too! You’ll fall in love with alpacas when you visit with our very special herd on Open Farm Day, Saturday October 12, 2019.

While you are here you can tour the farm with owners Rosemary and Ric. They will answer your questions about raising alpacas and let you get close and personal with some of the herd. We also have llamas, a jersey cow named Newark, Sabre, our horse, chicks, guineas, cats and dogs!

A visit to Windrush Alpaca is not complete without stopping in at our Farm Store. It’s time to start stocking up on super warm alpaca socks and slippers, hats and gloves, scarves and shawls. We even have beautiful stuffed animals for young and old alike!! Make sure you stop by for refreshments too!

Do you wish you had an alpaca of your own? You can have a very special alpaca to visit whenever the farm is open if you become an Adopt-A-Paca© member. You’ll get an official certificate, a picture of your alpaca and occasional letters from them too! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Paca© program when you visit.

Open Farm Day is for all ages! Fun activities keep everyone busy on Open Farm Day! There is always something new to learn and see at the farm, so if you’ve been here before, please come again – and bring a friend! Stop by anytime on Saturday, October 12 between 10 am and 3 pm!  Light refreshments will be served!

It’s always free admission and free parking. Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca .

September 10, 2019

Time to Visit Alpacas! Open Farm Day is Saturday

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September 2, 2019

The Alpacas are Waiting for You! Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas is Back!

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Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

We are so glad it is September, because we open our gates again for Open Farm Day! Our alpacas have sure missed their regular visitors. Join us on Saturday, September 14,2019 from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission and parking are free!

Open Farm Day is a fun, outdoor event for all ages. You will be invited into our alpaca pen to get an up-close experience with our herd. Ric and Rosemary, the alpaca farm owners, will share stories about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals. They will tour you around the farm and explain to you the joys they have experienced as alpaca owners.

You’ll even be able to feed the alpacas! And be ready to take pictures. We’ve got a couple of alpacas who are real hams and will pose for you!

Our Farm Store will be open and stocked with all types of alpaca products. Alpaca socks, scarves, hats and more! Treat yourself to an item made of soft and warm alpaca fiber. Some are made of fleece from Windrush Alpacas. And it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts! Light refreshments will be served in the Farm Store too!

There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, September 14 between 10 am and 3 pm! 

Windrush Alpacas farm is located just 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca.

June 3, 2019

Don’t Miss the Last Open Farm Day!

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June 8 Open Farm Day at Windrush Alpacas

May 28, 2019

Summertime Fun is a Visit to Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day!

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Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day

June is a month filled with fun celebrations. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Corn on the Cob Day, and Best Friends Day. And those biggies too – Father’s Day, Graduations and the first day of Summer! Celebrate them all with your best friend, dad or grad at Windrush Alpacas. Come to Open Farm Day, Saturday, June 8 between 10 am and 3 pm.

Our owners will show you and your special someone around our farm, tell you all about raising these gentle, soft fleeced animals, and give you a chance to get close to a couple of our herd. You’ll even be able to feed them! The alpacas will be feeling great as they will all have been recently shorn and will be wearing their short summer coats! Be ready to take pictures! We’ve got a couple of alpacas who are real hams and will pose for you!

Stop in at the Farm Store where we’ll serve refreshments. You can browse our shelves filled with alpaca socks, scarves, toys, cushions and more! Treat Dad to a pair of extreme alpaca sport or hiking socks. Plenty of gifts for grads from pre-school through college too!

June’s Open Farm Day will be our last until September. Don’t miss it! There is always something interesting to learn and see at Windrush Alpacas. Stop by anytime on Saturday, June 8 between 10 am and 3 pm!

We have ample free parking, it’s free admission for everyone, and we even offer refreshments to our visitors. Windrush Alpacas farm is located us 1-1/4 miles south of Brady on CRM. Watch our Facebook page for updates http://www.facebook.com/WindrushAlpacas.

For more information, call us at 575-683-5177 or visit our website at www.windrushalpacas.com, shop online at http://www.windrushalpacas.net/store/ , or sign up for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/xhiwn! Learn more about our Adopt-a-Program here http://www.windrushalpacas.com/pages/2087/adopt-a-paca

May 6, 2019

Surprise Mom with a Visit to Windrush Alpacas

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May 1, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Open Farm Day – Part Two

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How We Make Open Farm Day Happen

Last month I wrote a little about how Open Farm Day started and the purpose behind Open Farm Day. This month I will let you know how we make that happen.

Our preparations for Open Farm Day start immediately after the last Open Farm Day finishes. When the last party has left for the day, we pick up the signs, roll up the banner, close down the store and go in and have a well-earned lunch!

We usually have our faithful volunteers with us (more about them later!). As we eat lunch we talk about the day and discuss ideas such as items for the store or things we need to do to make Open Farm Day even better.

Lunch is usually something that can survive several hours in a slow cooker, as often it is well past 3 pm by the time we get to sit down and eat. Once lunch is over, we then have to feed all the animals on the farm. While the female alpacas have usually had lots of tasty treats from visitors during Open Farm Day the rest of the animals on the farm are awaiting their evening feed.

The next few days after Open Farm Day are spent ordering inventory for the store. Some of the products we carry in the store can be ordered quickly but other products take quite a time to restock. Dryer balls have to be made – a process that involves putting together the fleece to be used, lightly needle felting them to shape, decorating them with color and then putting them through a process to felt them and dry them.

The goats milk soap for our alpaca felt covered soaps takes three weeks to dry once it has been made. I order the soaps from my soap making friend Rena in order to get it here in time. Then I apply the felt cover using a wet felting process and get the soaps to dry once more.

Our beautiful alpaca rugs are made in a small town in Texas. To get the rugs made we first decide how much of each color of fleece we want to send. Then we go through that fleece to remove as much dust and vegetable matter as we can (a process called skirting). Next we ship the fleece to Texas and then wait for the rugs to be made.

The mill works fleece on a first come first served basis and it can take two to three months before our rugs are ready to come back to us. Products made through the various fleece cooperatives we work with are often easier to access, but they too are subject to where our fleece is in the “fleece pipeline”. The boutique yarns that are made solely from our fleece typically take 6 -8 weeks to process.

So, you see it can be quite a juggling act to keep products stocked in the store!

Once products arrive at the farm, they are entered in to inventory, labeled and then put on display. Excess products are stored so we can find them quickly should a product need replenishing during a busy Open Farm Day

While all of this is happening, we also have to come up with the advertising for the next Open Farm Day. For this I have the assistance of my wonderful Virtual Assistant Diane Sweeney. Diane has been working with me for 5 years and is a vital part of the Windrush Alpacas team. Diane comes up with the ad copy for advertising for Open Farm Day, submits the ads to a long and growing list of resources who help us advertise our Open Farm Days, and keeps me on track for getting the newsletter written so that we can stay in touch with our customers and fans.

There is a lot to do to prepare for each Open Farm Day, but thankfully over the years we have streamlined the process. Because in addition to preparing for Open Farm Day, we still have to keep the farm running, schedule and run farm visits and do all of the mundane paperwork that comes with running a business!

But I so enjoy what I do! Especially for our visitors!

 

Next up: Open Farm Day – The final preparations

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