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.

Guess Who’s In The News?

I was one of the vendors at the Easton Farmers Market that was featured in Columbus Monthly magazine!

The Alpaca Cat Toys referenced in the article are actually felted, not knit.  They are very simple and fun to make and I sell lots of them!  If you are interested in making some yourself, I offer kits to make them complete with the fiber, foam block to work on, a special felting needle and illustrated instructions!  Great gift idea!

Felted Alpaca Cat Toys

Ben also wrote about the fur of alpacas.  I don’t think I’ve ever referred to it this way but it did make me wonder and I frequently get asked, what is alpaca hair called?  I thought maybe I should be sure about what I tell people so I Googled it … and the following is what Wikipedia has to say.

Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca.  It is light weight or heavy weight, depending on how it is spun. It is soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite.

Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals including alpacas, so hair from alpacas can also be referred to as wool.

Alpaca Fleece

So, I think of fleece as the coat of the alpaca, the whole boat.  Fiber then, refers to the individual pieces of the fleece.  Looking a little further I did learn that fur is a synonym for hair, so there you go!  Call it hair, fleece, fiber, wool, and yes even fur.

The magazine article follows…

exotic offerings

Quick, name the one item in this group that can’t be found at Easton Town Center: a sequined camouflage handbag from J. Crew, a sterling silver heart lock bracelet from Tiffany & Co. and a knitted cat toy made out of alpaca fur.

It’s a trick question. They all can be purchased at Easton. That is, if you include the items at the Easton Farmers’ Market, which debuted this year in one of the mega shopping complex’s many parking lots. Among the vendors there is Alpaca Meadows, a Mansfield-based farm owned by Julie and Matt Petty. The couple fell in love with the camelids during a visit to a farm with their children one summer several years ago, and raising them, according to Julie (shown), “looked like something we thought we’d enjoy doing.” Despite having no farming experience (“the closest thing we’d ever been to a farm was ‘Green Acres’ on TV,” says Matt), the couple opened Alpaca Meadows, where Julie, who specializes in crafts, began incorporating alpaca fur into her daily works. Though strikingly exotic and foreign to most American farmers and consumers (alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains in South America), the animals are surprisingly simple to care for, the Pettys say. “They don’t get sick easily and can roam on a relatively smaller amount of land” than cattle, Julie says. Adds her husband, “They don’t eat a whole lot.” Alpaca fur, noted for its incredible softness, is the luxurious older sibling of wool, with many similar uses. Among the items the Pettys sell at their farm, from their tent and on their website ( are hats, scarves, mittens, rugs, sweaters and novelty toys—all made entirely of alpaca fur. Additionally on sale are alpacas themselves. Ranging from roughly $2,000 to $12,000, the animals are priced according to their proportion—their overall shape—and the quality of their fleece. “We want to be producing a soft, luxurious fleece,” Julie says. “It all depends on their diet and bloodline. All of that comes into play when figuring out their price.” Hold back your excitement, though. The alpacas are available at the farm only, not at Easton. And even so, it’s doubtful they’d let you ride them.

—Ben Zenitsky

Mark Twain Craft Bazaar

I am headed to the 26th Annual Mark Twain Craft Bazaar this weekend, November 6th,
in Westerville, Ohio.

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It is being held at the Westerville North High School at 950 County Line Rd, from 10am-3pm.

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The Mark Twain Craft Bazaar is one of the most highly anticipated holiday bazaars in Westerville.

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As it enters the 26th year, the Mark Twain Craft Bazaar has grown to include over 125 unique artists from throughout Ohio and welcomed 2000 patrons last year.

All items are beautifully hand crafted.

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The pictures are from my booth at A Wool Gathering this year in Yellow Springs, Ohio and show a sampling of what I will be taking to Westerville.

I had to include a picture of my helper, my 13 year old daughter, doing what 13 year-olds do best…

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