Small Business Saturday Prize Program Starts Monday

Small businesses in Richland County will be participating in the Small Business Saturday program, and Alpaca Meadows is one of them!  The program will kick-off this coming Monday, November 25th and you’ll have chances to win prizes all week long.  So we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving next week, but we’ll be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 12pm-4pm.

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Summer Sale Days Pictures

It all started when my daughter Abby said, “you ought to invite some other vendors” for our Summer Sale Days!  We both got busy and in a relatively short amount of time, had 12 vendors that were willing to give this first-time-ever event at our farm a try.  It poured down rain the Friday before the weekend of our event, and the Monday after, but the weekend itself was beautiful!  We had a wonderful variety of vendors showcasing plants, garden art, essential oils, out-of-the-ordinary desserts and baked goods, hand-crafted jewelry, children’s boutique items, beef jerky, oven roasted almonds, honey, jams, produce, organically grown tea, and more!

Memories from Summer Sale Days

Vendors in attendance our first year were:

3 Little Brushes – Melissa Moneysmith Jordan; Delaware, Ohio
8 Sisters Bakery – Mount Gilead, Ohio
Amburgey Homestead – Adrian and Denise Amburgey; Shelby, Ohio
Corletta Metal Works – Ben Shaum; Mansfield, Ohio
DoTERRA – Lori Rupert; Ontario, Ohio
Eurka’s Garden – Erika Shifflet; Ashland, Ohio
Glitter & Stitches Boutique – Angie Burge; Marion, Ohio
Kristin Ellis Jewelry – Kristin Ellis; Galion, Ohio
Sub Rosa Tea
Tae’s Bakery – Tammy Arm; Galion, Ohio
The Candy Cabin – Mary Ruth Cook; Mansfield, Ohio
Wolf Creek Produce Farm LLC – Neil and Kelly Pfleiderer; Galion, Ohio

  Handwoven Guatemalan ItemsHandwoven Items

Abby came home from Cleveland, set up a display of African Market Baskets, Handwoven Guatemalan Items, and Guatemalan coffee.

4-H Kids and Alpacas

Two local 4-H kids, Arica and Carson, worked with their alpacas, Amelia and Annalise, and talked to visitors about alpacas.

Zavier Shuttles Visitors

Our grandson Zavier shuttled people to and from their vehicles (pictured with my husband Matt).  In case you are wondering, he did not ride the alpaca, just was the only picture of him I was able to get.

Peeps are a Hit!

Baby chicks arrived just in time for kids (and grown-ups) to enjoy, and visitors were able to enjoy the alpacas up close and personal!

Visitors Get Close to Alpacas

Of course The Farm Store was open and a huge sale was going on, a great time to stock up on Alpaca Socks and Alpaca Yarn, save on Alpaca Teddy Bears, or do some early Christmas shopping.

It was a great weekend, so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again next year …

Mark your calendars and save the date for July 21st and July 22nd!

Guatemalan Coffee

Guatemalan coffee is still available!  Purchase of coffee helps support our mission trip to Guatemala this coming January, as well as the coffee farmers it is purchased from.  This coffee is hand picked and processed by the families and farmers we serve while in Guatemala. With your help, we are able to work with the coffee farmers from whom our church purchases coffee, build water filters for families using unclean water in remote villages where there is extreme poverty, build fuel efficient stoves for those still cooking over open fires in their homes, and serve the teachers and students at Próximos Pasos, a Christian elementary school for girls in the Mayan village of Santa María de Jesús.

We have dark roast, light roast, whole beans and ground, and it is $15/pound.  Contact us to arrange for pick-up or delivery.


Spring Open House Pictures


We had more families with children at our Spring Open House than we’ve probably ever had.  Fortunately I remembered to take some pictures, especially of kids and alpacas!  Gentle and curious by nature, alpacas respond  very well to children.  Kids got a chance to pet the alpacas and walk Sunscape, one of our Spring babies born last year, just shy of her first birthday.

Kids and Alpacas

We had neighbors we had never met stop by to see what was going on.  Others planned their visit intentionally to learn more about alpacas and what we do with their fiber.  Visitors saw spinning demonstrations throughout the weekend in The Fiber Studio and took advantage of our Spring specials.   Stacy Swesey was the winner of our drawing for a FREE pair of Alpaca Socks, congratulations Stacy!  We enjoyed two awesome days of beautiful weather … thank you to all who visited!

Schedule an Alpaca Farm Tour at Alpaca Meadows

If you’d like to visit our farm with your school, your scout troop, 4-H Club, civic organization, Garden Club, Mother’s Club, guild, family, or group of friends, find out about scheduling an Alpaca Farm Tour.  If you would like to be keep abreast on what’s new at our farm, upcoming classes, new products, free patterns, and other fun stuff, click here.

Autumn Fiber Festival

Autumn Fiber Festival 2015

Fall Fiber Farm Tour

Ohio’s fiber farmers are opening their barn doors to you!
Drive from farm–to-farm through beautiful Ohio, visiting with fiber animals,
including alpacas, sheep and goats!
Meet the farmers who bring you Ohio-grown fiber for knitting, weaving and felting.
Shop for luxurious handspun and dyed yarns and hand-made fiber gifts.
          Watch demonstrations on skirting a fleece, carding fiber, spinning, needle felting, hand dyeing,
knitting and crocheting.

Meet fiber animals up-close and personal.
    Participating Farms

Criation Station, Oberlin
              That’ll Do Farm, Grafton
              Gemstone Alpaca Farm, Wellington     
              Melody Lane Alpacas, Valley City                     
              Little Farm in the Woods, Seville
              Alpaca Meadows, Mansfield  
              Sunny Meade Alpacas, Swanton
              Top Notch Alpacas, Madison 
              Sweet Criations Alpaca Farm @ Promised Land Farm, Chardon      
              “Ohio Natural Fiber Network – Our Homegrown to Your Handmade”

Beads, Bracelets, and Cat Toy Felting Class

The next class here at the farm is Beads, Bracelets, and Cat Toy Felting.


 This will be a great introduction to wet felting …


and is as simple as adding hot water, soap, a little elbow grease to your fiber.

Felting Alpaca Beads

  In this case we’ll be using alpaca fiber from The Alpacas here at our farm.

Silver Beauty and Aurora

 We may even use some llama fiber from our own Silver Beauty.


We may do a little needle felting to help shape the beads made from rovings.


There are a few tricks that are helpful to know.

Felting Alpaca Beads

You will be amazed at what you can do!

Felted Alpaca Cat Toys

Here is the info on the class:

In this class you will learn how to transform shapeless alpaca and wool fibers into colorful felted balls
using both needle and wet felting.  Making a felt ball is incredibly easy!  You will also learn to make a variety of felt bracelets, both with the beads you have made, and other styles.  I’ve added Cat Toys to this class due to a special request, and it is the same technique so we’ll make those too! Please bring a towel, and a dispenser filled with liquid Dawn soap.  All other materials will be provided.

Bead Felting Kits and Cat Toy Felting Kits are available if you can’t make it to the class, but still would like to give this a try!  And some good books are below:

Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

For those of you that live in our area, you are invited to come visit and just …

Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin

Come hang out with fiber friends!  Drop in the first Saturday of the month for a few relaxing hours of knitting or crocheting or spinning on the farm. Lessons are not provided, but beginners are always welcome. If you bring your needles and yarn, drop spindle or wheel, someone will usually be able to answer your questions and offer a helping hand.

As I was reflecting on the importance of spending time with friends and doing things we enjoy, I ran across a blog called The Happy Migrant.  She writes:

10 Reasons why making new friends is important

1. Laughter – Laughter really is medicine and time spent with friends will often result in laughter.

2. Inspiration – Spending the day with friends is inspirational. Your friends will always have inspiring words for you.

3. Support – Your friends are your biggest support. Your friends support you in your decisions, through the tough times and through the exciting times.

4. Guidance – Your friends are like your guardian angels, offering you guidance when you need it the most.

5. Fun – Spending time with friends is fun. In today’s world we can take life a bit too seriously so some fun time is a requirement to breaking the serious pattern.

6. Relaxation – Spending times with friends can be relaxing. Even if you are walking around all day shopping, there is still an element of relaxation when you are with good friends.

7. Encouragement – Friends give you encouragement to follow your dreams because they believe in you.

8. Courage – Friends give you courage to be who you really are.

9. Strength – Your friends can give you a feeling of inner strength that you never knew you had.

10. Love – When you spend time with good friends, you feel loved and so do they.

Good friends are valuable. We need to look after our friends, nurture them, listen to them and be there when they need us. If you look back at the best and worst times of your life your friends were there.

Make some time to get out and meet some new friends
it is such an important part of life.

Holiday Hours at The Farm

We will kick off the holiday season, Saturday, November 26th with extended hours from 12pm – 5pm here at the farm.


Give a gift just a little out of the ordinary… something handmade perhaps…something made from alpaca!  Visit the farm and see the alpacas that produce this wonderful fiber.  Get your hands on some of the incredibly soft and warm items made from this luxurious fiber.  Give a gift that has value Shop for …





Texting Mittens


Children’s Hats

Baby Booties


Eye Glass Cases

Cell Phone & Ipod Cases

Christmas Ornaments

Many Handmade Alpaca Items

See our beautiful NEW alpaca blankets!  Pick up alpaca socks for Christmas gift giving, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and many handmade alpaca items …

Get your hands on some alpaca fiber!  Luxurious, versatile, soft, warm, strong, resilient, natural and hypoallergenic, alpaca fiber offers many advantages and is considered by many to be the “miracle fiber”.   Once you get your hands on it, you will immediately understand the intrinsic value of everything produced from this fiber.

Alpaca Rovings for Spinning at Alpaca Meadows

Check out our brand NEW Fiber Studio full of gorgeous alpaca yarn and fiber, patterns, and fiber art kits.

Alpaca Meadows Farm Store

This will kick off our monthly Just Sit-n-Knit or Crochet or Spin on the second Saturday of the month.  Bring your knitting, crocheting, spinning, or whatever Christmas project you are working on.  Hang out with friends, relax, enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate, and holiday refreshments!

Shop The Farm Store … Online, Open Anytime!

Did you know?

Archaeologists have discovered a great deal of alpaca fiber goods from graves and religious sites predating the Inca Empire
in South America, a true testament to the durability of alpaca fiber and its long history.

We Have Moved

To any of you that tried to find us on Fall Farm Days and couldn’t, we apologize.  For those of you that I was unable to notify, we have moved!  Changing our address was one thing.  Changing our address on the web in all the various places we are listed, was quite another.  It may still be wrong in some places and I am sorry for any confusion.

Alpaca Meadows Has Moved

So here is our NEW address …

Matt and Julie Petty; 1200 Rock Road; Mansfield, Ohio
Get the driving directions here.

New House

We have a smaller house, which is easier to keep up with, and less stuff
because there just wasn’t room for all we had and we were forced to clean out before we moved.  Trust me, that was a very good thing, cleansing even…

Hay Field at Alpaca Meadows

We have more acreage, room to add more pastures and grow our own hay

Woods at Alpaca Meadows

and a beautiful woods with paths for walking.

Farm Store at Alpaca Meadows

The Farm Store and my studio is nearby so I don’t have far to go to work.

Dogs and Alpacas at Alpaca Meadows

Our alpacas are close to the house which allows us to enjoy them that much more!  We have alpacas for sale and our specialty is starting new farms.  If raising alpacas is something you think you might enjoy, give us a call, and we’ll talk alpacas!

Flowers at Alpaca Meadows

We offer  Farm Tours and The Farm Store is open most Saturdays from 12pm-5pm.  Occasionally, Matt and I are both gone so checking our calendar or calling ahead is always best.

More Flowers at Alpaca Meadows

Do come see us if you are nearby!  And again, my apologies for anyone that felt they were on a wild goose chase last weekend!

National Alpaca Farm Days

National Alpaca Farm Days is a weekend all across the country that alpaca farms will be open to the public.  Visit the website to see what farms are open near you.  If you’re in our area, hope you’ll stop by and see us!  We have moved and so have our alpacas … you can find us at
1200 Rock Road in Mansfield, Ohio … we are the first driveway past the bridge that crosses Route 30 as you travel north on
Rock Road.


We have many Handmade Items, including a large variety of Finger Puppets …  see our lovely NEW Alpaca Yarn, feel our beautiful NEW Alpaca Throws, shop for Christmas, stock up on Alpaca Socks for Winter!


Can’t make it this weekend?  The Farm Store will be open Saturdays from 2pm—5pm … OR we are open online anytime!

Matt and Julie Petty

Alpaca Meadows
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