Washington County Fiber Tour

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 22nd Annual Tour - April 26 & 27, 2014        FREE!

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Dancing Ewe Farm

#1Dancing Ewe Farm
181 County Rte. 12, Granville
518 528 6003 or 642 1580
Luisa and Jody Somers
dancingewe.com

Welcome to Dancing Ewe Farm and our team… Here at Dancing Ewe we primarily specialize in the production of Tuscan style Pecorino, which is a raw sheep’s milk cheese. Our flock of 120 Fresian-cross ewes also produces a medium grade
fleece which can be transformed into many outerwear garments. Woolcraft demos, shearing, sheepdog demos, and lunch, by reservation only, will be available both
days. Please visit our website for a complete list of activities and for lunch reservations.

Directions to the farm: From South, take 22 north through Granville. Turn
right on Route 12A across from Rich Automotive. Take the first right onto Route 12. Go over the bridge and turn left, still on 12. 
The farm is one mile on the left.
From the north, reverse directions, i.e., left onto Route 12a past the Fire House.

 

Crazy Legs Farm

#2 Crazy Legs Farm
2146 County Rte. 46,
Fort Edward
518 638 8132
Norma and Jim Glacy
njjohnson53@care2.com

Crazy Legs Farm is home to a “colorful” purebred Romney sheep flock in the rolling, shale hills of the southern Fort Edward township. Our sheep enjoy a natural life browsing and grazing scenic pastures on this “re-purposed” farmland while providing us with natural fiber for yarns and blankets, meat, quality livestock and
composted garden manure. They are a major part of our pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle and keep our farm heritage alive. Visit our new barn (2013) and lambs. Learn
the history of antique spinning wheels with Lee Smith. More spinning and felting with local artisans.

Directions to the farm: From Rt. 40 Argyle take West Road, bear right onto Cty Rt. 46 for 1 mile - on right.
Traveling south from Fort Edward on Rt. 4 approx. 4 miles take left onto Cary Road. At intersection of Cty. Rt 46 take right - 1/2mile on the left. Traveling north from Schuylerville on Rt 4 take right onto Cary Road. At intersection of Cty . Rt. 46 take right 1/2 mile on left.

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Alpacas of Breezy Hill

#3 Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch
2215 County Rte. 47, W. Hebron
518 854 3680
Lisa and David Proulx
alpacasofbreezyhillranch.com

Enjoy opportunities for hands-on with the alpacas and learn how to care for these beautiful creatures. Farm store features skeins of yarn in many natural colors, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, and the softest teddy bears you’ve ever felt made from baby alpaca. Free finger puppets for children and refreshments for all.
Needle felting demos both days.

Directions to the farm:
From intersection of County Rte 30 and NY Rte 22 in Salem (traffic light), go northwest on County Rte 30 through West Hebron, left on County Rte 47, and go 0.8 mi. Farm is on right across from Barkley Lake.
From Greenwich, go north on NY Rte 40, right on County Rte 49 in South Argyle, left on County Rte 48 to end, bear right on County Rte 47, and go 0.25 mi. Farm is on left across from Barkley Lake.

sweet dreams farm

Sweet Dreams Farm

#4  Sweet Dreams Farm
49 Tip Lady Rd., Hebron
518 854 7073
Elaine and Abby Davis
icelandicsweetdreams.com

Abby and Elaine Davis invite you to come see their colorful flock of Icelandic sheep, one of the world’s oldest and purest breeds of sheep. Throughout the long years of their history, the Icelandic breed has been raised for meat, fiber, and milk. Watch the newly born lambs frolic in the fields. Yarn, roving and fleeces will be available for sale. If you are thinking of raising Icelandic sheep, we have registered breeding ewes and rams available.

Directions from the Village of Salem:
North on NYS route 22 approximately 8 miles
Turn left onto Chamberlin Mills Road go approx. 1.5 miles
Turn Left onto Tiplady Road
Turn left into Driveway at 49 Tiplady Road

quarry ridge

Quarry Ridge Alpacas

#5 Quarry Ridge Alpacas
453 Quarry Rd., Salem
518 854 7008
Faith and Herb Perkins
quarryridgealpacas.com

Show and tell! Alpacas are earth-friendly animals, economical to feed and have one of the finest fibers in the world. Besides that, they are fascinating! Our family has been raising champion breeding stock for 14 years and processing the fiber into luxurious yarns, rovings, felting batts and rugs. Designer hand-dyed yarns, original patterns, dyed and natural batts and rovings will be available for purchase as well as finished garments. There will be on-going demonstrations of spinning and dyeing.

Direcrtions From the North (Granville), take Route 22 South. Two miles before  the village of Salem, turn left on Quarry Rd. Continue 1/4 mile to  Quarry Ridge Alpacas, #453, on the right.
From the South, take Route 22 North through the village of Salem.  Turn right on Quarry Rd. immediately after the village. Continue 2  miles to Quarry Ridge Alpacas, #453, on the left.

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kingdom

#6 Fiber Kingdom
137 E. Broadway, Salem
518 854 7225
Sylvia Graham
fiberkingdom.com

Visit a working flock of colored and white angora rabbits. Two fiber arts studios/shops offer, among other articles, luxurious angora/wool yarn and a full range of fibers for hand-spinning including silk, cotton, yak, mohair, etc. Also available are supplies and equipment for spinning, weaving, felting and knitting and a selection of books, magazines, DVDs and finished fiberworks. Ongoing demonstrations both days of bunny clipping, spinning and weaving.

Directions: From intersection of NY Rte 22 and Broadway in Salem (traffic light), go east on East Broadway (Rte 153) 0.6 mi. Farm is on left.

 

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Moments in Time

#7 Moments in Time Creations Farm
137 E. Broadway, Salem
518 854 9036
Elizabeth and David Cope
bac2mitcilny@msn.com

Our farm is an eclectic mix of family and friends. We raise registered Icelandic sheep and registered Blue-Faced Leicester sheep. Our sheep are raised for their fiber. We have fleeces, roving and yarn in the natural colors of the sheep and skeins are labeled with the names of the sheep. Spring lambs will be here on the farm. Come and enjoy our friends..
(CO-LOCATED FOR THE TOUR WTIH FIBER KINGDOM)

 

 

Blind Buck Angora Goats

#8 Blind Buck Angora Goats
346 Blind Buck Rd., Salem
518 854 9382
Lubna Dabbagh & Sandy Ryan
blindbuckfarm.com

Welcome to Blind Buck Farm, an agricultural and educational business specializing in fine wool fiber blends from our own Angora goats and Merino sheep. We dye our yarns right on the farm. Learn about our custom fiber blends, natural and metal-free dyes, and our organic stewardship of land and livestock. We are back to the land, bringing traditional knowledge full circle by connecting people with fiber, plants and animals. A Pride of New York Farm.
DIRECTIONS TO FARM: From the traffic light in Salem, go east on Broadway .6 mi. to
Blind Buck Rd. Turn right and follow Blind Buck Rd. about 1.6 mi. to the farm on the right.

Birken Hill Farm

#9 Birken Hill Farm and Fiber
561 Blind Buck Rd., Salem
518 854 7032
Chris and John Hubbbard
blindbuck2@gmail.com

Chris and John invite you to visit their small, developing farm tucked in the Taconic foothills on the border of Vermont. Try some delicious lamb dishes created from their farm-raised lambs, and see how fiber is turned into yarn and felt. Come and visit their growing flock of pure-bred Romney sheep, their two resident alpacas, and their friendly border collie, Maisie. A variety of products grown and created at Birken Hill will be available.

Directions to the farm: From the traffic light on Rte 22 in the village of Salem, head east on Route 153.  Turn right onto Blind Buck Road after 1/2 mile.  Follow Blind Buck Road for 2 1/2 miles,passing Blind Buck Farm on the way.  Birken Hill Farm and Fiber is on the left at 561 Blind Buck Road.

harthshorn ridge lambs

Harthshorn Ridge Farm

#10 Hartshorn Ridge Farm
234 County Rte. 52, Greenwich
518 692 8430
Tom Graves
hartshornridge.com

Our farm is located just outside the Village of Greenwich on 63 acres and is home to a flock of registered Romney and grade meat sheep, chickens and seasonal grazing heifers. We are most fortunate to live in a diverse and giving community of families, many who have farmed for generations in Washington County as well as transplanted families like us. Our goal is to keep it simple with the tried and true natural, low stress practices we utilize in raising our sheep in order to produce exceptional meat products and fleece for spinning.

Directions: From intersection of NYS Routes 29 and 40 in Greenwich (traffic circle), take Rte 29 east about 1/2 mile and turn left on Meader Rd. At top of Meader Rd. stop sign, turn left, and farm entrance will be 50 ft. on right.

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Battenkill Fibers

#11 Battenkill Carding and Spinning Mill
2532 State Rte. 40, Greenwich
518 692 2700
Mary Jeanne Packer
battenkillfibers.com

Free tours of a full-scale commercial mill. Watch while fiber is sorted, washed and picked. See a vintage Davis and Furber carder process roving and learn how a spinning frame makes yarn. Hands-on fiber processing activities for kids. Factory seconds available for purchase. Unique, one of a kind yarns and roving from locally-raised fiber.

Directions:
From intersection of NYS Routes 29 and 40 in Greenwich (traffic circle), take Rte 40 north 1/10 mi. Mill is on the right.

St. Mary's convent

St. Mary's Cashmere

#12 St. Mary’s on-the-Hill Cashmere
575 Burton Rd., Greenwich
518 791 4142
Sister Mary Elizabeth
stmaryseast.org

Come see the award-winning cashmere goats raised by the Anglican/Episcopalian Sisters of St. Mary at their convent in Easton/Greenwich. See baby goats frolicking under the watchful eye of their moms. Meet two young wethers being trained as cart goats. Learn about the luxurious cashmere fiber which is grown only on goats. The sisters have raised goats for over a decade as part of a Benedictine style of life which emphasizes prayer, study and manual work.

Directions to the convent:
From Greenwich: At the only traffic light in town, continue straight on Starte Road 372, over the Battenkill Bridge and under a trestle bridge.
Take a right fork onto County Road 74 (Eddy Street) for one mile.
Turn right onto Burton Road and go 0.5 miles.
Turn right into Christ the King Spiritual Life Center
Take the middle road uphill to the Convent

Alpacas of Haven Hill

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# 13 Alpacas of Haven Hill
20 Stevenson Rd., Greenwich
518 677 5111
Judy Leon
alpacasofhavenhill.com

Join us for some hands-on fun with our friendly alpacas and their luxurious
fiber! Learn the basics of wet-felting by producing a felted soap, or try your hand at simple knitting or weaving with free instruction. Visit our farm store to see our hand-made items and alpaca apparel, or stock up on homegrown 100% alpaca yarn and roving, in natural and hand-dyed colors, for your own projects. Perennial gardens and nursery open for exploration. Refreshments.

Directions to the farm:
From Cambridge and east, take NY Rte 372 west, left on Stevenson Rd at base of Schoolhouse Hill, and go 2 mi. to driveway.
From Greenwich and west, take NY Rte 372 east, right on County Rte 60, go 3.3 mi. to Stevenson Rd. Turn left and look for sign.

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ensign brook

#14 Ensign Brook Farm
1930 County Rte.113,
Greenwich
518 692 8769
Karin and Eric Kennedy
ensignbrookfarm.com

The Kennedy family invites you to experience the exceptional quality fiber and award-winning breeding stock that our county is becoming known for. Come into the Yarn Barn and shop for a nice variety of locally-produced yarns, roving, and coated Merino,
Romney and Cormo fleeces. View Adirondack watercolor paintings and prints, and other artisan goods. Saturday, we will feature shearing, hands-on-skirting, and fiber
demonstrations. Sunday, we will host several local spinners and weavers.

Direcitons to the farm:
From Schuylerville and Greenwich take NY Rte 29 to County Rte 113 (blinking light) on east side of the Hudson River, south on County Rte 113. Farm is on left.
From NY Rte 40 in Easton, take Searles Ferry Rd west, right on County Rte 113, and go less than 1 mi. Farm is on right.
From Stillwater, take NY Rte 67 east across bridge, left on County Rte 113. Farm is on right.

Elihu farm

 

#15 Elihu Farm
654 Beadle Hill Rd., Easton
518 753 7838
Mary and Bob Pratt
elihufarm@localnet.com

Join Elihu Farm for a Mini-Fiber-Festival with sheep and lambs, and an array of natural fiber products. The farm features Romney and moorit sheep and exceptionally clean fleeces. Karen Lloyd (KnitInColor) demonstrates hand-spinning and creating finished garments. Betsy Messenger (The Wooly Hutch) shows how to select and blend wool with angora rabbit fur. RocDay Spinners on Saturday. Fleeces, fiber products, and lamb and eggs are available for purchase.

Directions to the farm:
At the light in Schaghticoke, take Route 67 east for 1/4 mile; turn left onto Geary Rd and follow the signs for 3.7 mi. From Greenwich and Schuylerville, at the intersection of Routes 29 and 40, take Route 40 south. Just past Hudson River Tractor (on right), turn left onto Valley Falls Road, and follow the signs. Green barn on east side of road.

September Morning Alpacas

 

#16 September Morning Alpacas
30 County Route 59, Buskirk
518-686-7330
Maryann and Dominic Giglio
dmgig1947@gmail.com

The Giglio family invites you to visit our farm situated on 26 picturesque acres. Our herd presently consists of 13 alpacas and is growing. Children’s activities will include yarn-dyeing. Adults are welcome to participate as well. We will also have yarn and socks available for purchase.

DIRECTIONS TO FARM:
From Greenwich:
South on Main St, go under the tressle, make first right onto County Route 74 for 9.4 miles, make left onto Route 59A (turns into Route 59) for 2.3 miles and turn left onto our driveway and continue 0.3 miles up hill to second house.
From Cambridge:
From village traffic light, go south on Route 22 for 5.3 miles, make right onto Route 67 West for 3.1 miles, make right onto Route 103 for 0.3 miles (over covered bridge), make left onto Route 59 and go 0.1, make right onto driveway and continue 0.3 miles up hill to second house.

 


 

 

 

Washington County Fiber Tour | 2215 County Rte 47, Salem, NY  12865 | 518-854-3680