As Fall creeps in and we say goodbye to summer, the activity here at Kave Rock Farm increases.
Saturdays are spent at events …Fall festivals and Farmer’s Markets. We bring a few alpacas with us when we can. We love to educate people and show them where their products originate. Alpacas are unique creatures and each one has a different personality. Although they look cute and cuddly, many alpacas do not like to be touched. You can sometimes stroke their neck . We try to bring ‘friendlier’ alpacas when we attend events.
The farm is open to the public most Sundays from 12 – 4 PM. You can visit the animals and purchase alpaca fiber products. To date we have twenty alpacas. There’s a cria due at the end of October and we will be sure to post photos.
Whether you visit us at one of the events or stop by the farm, we welcome your visit!!!
The Fall season is a busy one here at Kave Rock. We pack up a few alpacas each Saturday and attend a local Harvest Festival or Farmer’s Market (check our EVENTS page for listings). The weather is cooler and people begin to have a greater interest in our cold weather items. This year we have two new products. We carry headbands for those who prefer to cover just their ears rather than wear a hat. They come in gray, brown or fawn and have different patterns. In addition, we now carry Wrist Warmers. There is a cable pattern as well as a pointelle style. Both are light weight yet incredibly warm. If you have not worn any of our alpaca products, you are in for a treat. They are warm and durable. Alpaca fiber has no lanolin and does not ‘itch’ like sheep wool. All our socks can be machine washed and dried. Most of all …MADE IN THE USA!!! Our Home Store has gotten a facelift and beginning October 9, we will be open each Sunday from 1-4 PM. Stop by to see the alpacas and check out The STORE!
There was a man,
His name was Dan,
A concert with Phish,
Was his girlfriend’s wish,
He added alpacas to play
On her special birthday!!
Happy Birthday, Taylor!!!
As the weather gets warmer we attend fewer events. Obviously people are not thinking about alpaca hats and gloves as they pack for a beach outing. But we do attend a few local events and educate people about alpacas. They really are unique creatures. We do have alpaca ‘beans’ (fertilizer) available all summer.
At the end of August we will be back at farmers’ markets (Easton & Attleboro). We have 2 expected births this year also – one in mid September and another in October.
Feel free to contact us and bring the kids by to feed the alpacas this summer! If not, we will see you at Fall events.
There’s daily sightings of ducks, geese, hummingbirds, herons, snapping turtles, bunnies, deer . . . it must be Spring!
Of course there’s alpacas and chickens too. The alpacas will feel much cooler on shearing day. With weather in the 80’s recently, I find them stretching their necks over the vegetable garden hoping to catch the spray from the garden sprinkler.
Our farm has grown with the addition of five females. Two of them are expecting in September. We have one female runt who is simply adorable. Her name is Minnie and she is quite feisty. She pushes her way to the feed bowl fearlessly among others twice her size.
In addition, we have three 9 month old fiber males for sale. They are perfect for any farm looking to add some alpacas. Alpacas need minimal fence and are easy to care for. Contact us for more information.
Fall is a busy time here at Kave Rock Farm. We are attending events and indoor farmer’s markets every weekend. We have store hours here at the farm every Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM (please call first). But this week we had two unusual but exciting events. We hosted a birthday party for ten year old Ainsleigh complete with an alpaca birthday cake! Ainsleigh’s mom drove her and five friends 1 1/2 hours to get here just so she could experience the alpacas. This week we also brought some alpacas to a wedding rehearsal dinner! The future groom, Josh, saw alpacas at a wedding venue and wanted them at his own. Unfortunately, he and his future bride, Inna, chose a venue that would not allow alpacas. Josh’s mom, Johanna, surprised him by inviting Kave Rock Farm alpacas to the rehearsal dinner at their family home. Family and guests enjoyed interacting with the animals. What other exciting events are in store this season???
An alpaca is pregnant for 11 1/2 months! When I say this many mothers clutch their abdomen and cringe. Once we breed one of our females we do behavior testing. This involves re-introducing a male alpaca to her and watching her behavior. Most likely the female will become agitated and spit at the male before running away. Two of our females were bred last year. We anticipated deliveries in late July. We watched for signs like a bulging girth (most alpacas do not look pregnant until a month before delivery). After 11 months we realized we would not see cria this year.
In April of this year, we also welcomed a brother and sister alpaca from Maine. They are owned by Happy Snowman Farm and are boarded here at Kave Rock Farm. While sheering in late May, we realized that the female, Candy Tuft, was pregnant. Her cria was born this past Tuesday at a healthy 14.4lbs. Her name is Taffy and she a pronking bundle of cuteness.
So while we did not have cria born to our own alpacas, we can enjoy watching little Taffy.
And we hope to have 5 new cria in the summer of 2016!
Weekends are always busy here at Kave Rock Farm. There’s hay to stack, coops and pens to muck, beans to process, gardens to weed, buckets to scrub, and on and on… Lately we have been moving/changing fences to expand grazing areas. It also appears that our 2 1/2 year old male, Lee, is fond of watching the girls and sometimes ‘leans’ over a fence crushing it or bending posts. Alpacas really need minimal fencing and ‘stay put’ for the most part. Lee has toppled over a fence and looks back as if to say, “How did that happen?” So, one of our new projects will be a stockade fence to keep the boys and girls from watching one another.
Even if we are running around the farm on weekends, we welcome visitors. Feel free to call for an appointment to visit us. (401) 419 3045 We love to take time from our chores to talk alpaca…
We have had overwhelming positive comments about our alpaca socks lately. The influx of
comments probably has to do with the 70″ of snowfall these last few weeks . . . If you have
not tried our socks, order a pair now – you won’t be sorry!! We have four styles available. Low Pro socks hug the edge of your sneaker. There is a padded comfort tab at the heel. I often wear these under tights with my everyday boots (or as slippers around the house). These sell for $15.
Our Survival Socks are a traditional crew style (just above the ankle). These are great for transitioning from outdoors to the office. The Golden Touch/Diabetic Sock sits over the calf. It is a loose fitting sock perfect for those with circulation problems. Both these socks sell for $19.
Our most popular sock this time of year is the Over-The-Calf Boot Sock. Wearing these is like wrapping an alpaca around your foot!! They have a non slip grip at the ankle so they don’t slide down into your boots. Your feet will stay warm, dry and comfy while shoveling or playing in the snow. These sell for $24.
All our socks have lycra and nylon so they can be machine washed and dried.
We will be at the Original Easton Farmer’s Market this Saturday – Valentines Day – from 10-2 at Oakes Ames Hall in No. Easton. You can purchase meat, seafood, honey, soap, baked goods and an array of fresh vegetables – ONE STOP shopping!!!
The 6th Annual Attleboro Winter Night Festival will be held Saturday February 21st from 5-9 PM.
We will be in the Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street. Come by to see some unique crafters and enjoy an evening of fun events.