Spring time at Coon Hollow Farm

Spring time at Coon Hollow Farm
Our Olde English "Babydoll" Sheep and their lambs

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our Fiber has arrived!

Our fiber for the year has arrived! All 70 + pounds of it! It is so clean and soft and the smell is beautiful. Let's just say there is a lot of spinning, dying and felting in my future!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thanks to all who attended Alpaca Days!

Alpaca Days was such a success and thanks to all who attended! We appreciate your support and was so pleased to see that many attendees had the newspaper article in hand and had it mapped out to go from farm to farm. Some folks were doing half the first day and the other half the second day. Educating folks on small farm living was so much fun and Tim did a great job talking to many and giving them little tours. The goldfish and frog pond is always a big drawer for the kids.
I must appologize however, as many of you knew I was a little under the weather and by Monday morning a visit to the Dr was in order to find out I have acute bronchitis and pneumonia in my upper lung field. I am hoping to get better fast and the timing on this was very bad.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alpaca Days and An Open House Farm Tour!

Ourselves as well as other alpaca farmers will celebrate National Alpaca Days and Connecticut Alpaca Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, by hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their farms.
The event is free.

Besides us you can visit:

*Alpacaboose Farm at 12 East St., Oxford. The farm features female alpacas and products made from their fiber. Spinning and needle felting demonstrations are planned. Those seeking additional information may call Ron or Rose East, 203-888-4695.


*Alpaca Hill Farm, 8 Willow St., Seymour, visitors can meet 19 alpacas, muscovy ducks and herd guardian Kramer, a Great Pyrenees. The farm will only be open on Saturday, September 25. It has for sale soft yarns and roving and alpaca felt in a variety of colors from its own animals as well as garments made from alpacas, cuddly alpaca toys and alpaca bears.
Visitors will learn about alpacas and their care, and can pet and feed the alpacas. Those seeking additional information may visit www.alpacahillFarm. com or call 203-888-1526 or 203-215-8878.


*Coon Hollow Farm, located at 156 Punkup Rd. in Oxford, the public is invited to meet Tim and Dawn Sotir’s seven alpacas and other farm friends. There will be spinning and felting demonstrations as well as beverages and snacks.
The family farmstand will be filled with hand-spun yarns, alpaca items, felting kits, honey, eggs, goat’s milk soap, items made from beeswax, herbs and more. Those seeking additional information may call 203-881-1986 or visit http://www.coonhollowfarm.blogspot.com/.


 *Dream Come True Farm, 82 Freeman Rd., Oxford, Mike and Pam Blasko will feature handspun yarns, wool for spinning, spinning wheels, goat milk soap, woodworks, maple syrup and handcrafted gift items. The public can view the couple’s alpacas, llamas, sheep and goats and obtain information on small farming. Those seeking additional information may call 203-736-2630 0r visit Area alpaca farmers will celebrate National Alpaca Days and Connecticut Alpaca Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, by hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their farms. http://www.pamsfiber.blogspot.com/

*Hubbell Farm at French’s Corner in Shelton (White Hills) is an 1825 farm that retains its original barns and outbuildings, vintage tractors and farm equipment. Visitors can view alpacas, a llama and sheep and purchase herbs, herbal products, sachets, dream pillows, alpaca and sheep raw fiber, yarn, felting kits, soap and more. Also available is roving in natural colors from the farm’s sheep and alpacas and wool dyed on the farm. Those seeking additional information may call 203-929-2052.


*Simple Gifts Farm, 1135 James Farm Rd., Stratford, grows fine fiber from its alpacas and Olde English babydoll sheep. The farm is owned by Marti and Ray Kosh. Once the roving returns from the mill, it is spun into yarn. Marti designs patterns for hand-spun natural and hand-dyed yarns and makes up knitting kits. Along with an array of hand-spun yarns, there are hand-knitted items and gifts created on the farm.  Visitors are invited to enjoy spinning demonstrations, stories about the couple’s “furry” friends and Ray’s adventures as a gentleman farmer.Visit www.simplegiftoffiber.blogspot.com or call 203-378-0893 for information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Celebrating Alpaca Days!

We will be celebrating National Alpaca Days on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 10 to 5 with an Open House as well as a Farm Tour with some of our other Farm Friends. The posting with the additional farms and their location will be posted in a few days. 
Come and visit these amazing creatures and learn about their personalities, which each one has their own! There are 7 Alpacas total on the farm. We will have many Alpaca items on sale in our farmstand as well as spinning demos, needle felting demos and a do-your-own needle felting project. We will have refreshments and coloring contest for the kids. So come by and say hi! 
(pictured: above left, "Awan", above right, "Cyrus", bottom left, "Garth" and bottom right, "Norman")

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day opening and White Pumpkins!

It's the great white pumpkin! These are needle felted pumpkins made out of alternating alpaca and sheep wool from our own animals. They are 100% hand made by me and are available in our farmstand. This weekend the farmstand will be closed on Sunday but we will be open on Monday, September 6th, Labor Day from 12 to 4. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday everyone!