Washington County (NY) Fiber Tour

by Site Admin on April 20, 2017

Since the 1800’s, Washington County, New York, has been a welcoming home for production of wool. In the mid-1800s the County was one New York’s major producers of Merino wool. Now wool and other fiber production is enjoying a renaissance, you can see on the Washington County Fiber Tour.

Join us as we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Fiber Tour on April 29th and 30th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided Tour of eleven farms and a fiber mill is free and open to the public, rain or shine. http://washingtoncountyfibertour.org

Three farms on the Tour raise Romney Sheep. In addition to our farm, Ensign Brook Farm (new location this year) and Crazy Legs Farm also raise Romneys.

Bob and I invite you to stop at our farm. (one of the original members of the Fiber Tour. (Farm #12 on the web site.) You’ll see our March-born Romney and medium-wool crossbred lambs and their dams, and can learn how we raise our sheep, which live on pasture for most of the year. We feature carefully prepared white, natural colored and moorit (brown wool) fleeces. some washed wool, along with beautiful sheep, and frozen cuts of our own lamb. Bring a spinning wheel Saturday morning and join the Roc Day Spinning Guild.

Many fiber farmers exhibit their animals and products regionally and nationally, where they have won major awards at events like the Eastern States Exposition (W. Springfield, MA), the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck, NY), the New England Cashmere Goat Show, the Empire Alpaca Extravaganza, and the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival (right here in our County)l. Last year, our fleeces and sheep won many first-place blue ribbons and championships, including a Reserve Champion Ram at the very competitive NYS Sheep and Wool Festival.

Posted by: elihufarm@localnet.com

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