A friend of mine invited me to go up there with her for a day, and who was I to say no. It’s always beautiful in the mountains and I think everyone should disconnect from the pressures of everyday life once in a while- if only for a day. One of the places we stopped at was the Aspen Ridge Alpaca Farm. I was very excited. My friend bought me Alpaca gloves for Christmas and they are fabulous. They are the softest, warmest gloves I have ever worn.
The sheered coat of Alpacas can be woven into clothes, blankets, hats, coats, slippers, and much, much more. They have an upstairs shop above one of their barns containing these items, but what caught my eye was the little feel better teddy bears for kids. The bears are cute, soft and snugly.
Mickie also taught us a little about Sprouting Barley Seed to Feed Livestock, which is looking to be a very promising endeavor on their part. Hay is expensive and needs the right weather conditions to grow. Sometimes the stores run out or get very low on hay and have to jack up the price. I heare a lot about this problem from owners of horses too. Mickie found away around the worry of having enough hay year around by growing her barley seed. She has been able to grow it in her garage within a couple of days. It carries more nutrition than hay and the Alpacas seem to dig the taste.
What a very informative day and lots of fun!!