Come meet the alpacas and get first dibs on fall and holiday shopping this weekend! Heartfelt and the Lickliders' farm, Curly Eye, will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. Visitors can meet the alpacas, feed them, take pictures, learn about alpacas and their wonderful fiber, shop in our Best-of-Columbia farm store, and this year we're planning a kids' tent for making alpaca ornaments and tshirts. Hope to see you there!
Check out this piece in the local paper about last weekend's holiday sale and be sure to join us this Saturday is you missed it!
Heartfelt will be at Arrow Rock this weekend, October 14-15, and at Hannibal next weekend, October 21-22, for their fall festivals. The Heartfelt booth will feature our popular insoles and other felted alpaca items, cozy alpaca socks, and fun-tastic animal hats for the young and young at heart. Hope to see you there!
Shopping at a local farm store puts money into the local rural economy, funneling cash to farmers, which makes living on a small farm more affordable. There is a cash drain in rural America, money endlessly flowing outward. Farm stores can bring a bit of that cash-flow back into the rural economy, where so often it just bleeds outward. Where you shop matters, friends. Shopping at a farm store makes farming that much more economically viable.
The suri alpaca has a long lustrous fleece that hangs vertically down its body and is often referred to as dreadlocks. The locks that make up the fleece should be round, close to the skin and have a uniform twist from beginning to end. The locks in a suri fleece should be uniform in size and style throughout the fleece. This uniformity in a suri fleece is akin to the uniformity created by crimp in a Huacaya fleece.
Whether Suri or Huacaya, both types of alpaca fleece are considered luxury fibers because of their unique characteristics. In the United States 85% of alpacas are Huacaya while the remaining 15% are Suri. Both of these fibers can be as soft or softer than cashmere.
One of the students at the University of Missouri's famous School of Journalism did a nice little piece on Heartfelt. Check it out here!