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Saturday, March 7, 2020

New Farm Tours

UPDATE MARCH 15TH.

Due to Covid 19 we will only be offering Private Tours & The Alpaca Lovers Tour. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as required. We have hand sanitizer in the barn and the store, all items - pens, door handles, etc. , credit card equipment are cleaned between each tour.




Sorry you haven't heard from us in quite a while, we have been busy working on our new business, Laslyn Alpaca.  We would like to know what would you like to see happening at the ranch?  What would you like to hear about in our upcoming newsletters?  What do you want to know about alpacas?  Please feel free to email Carolyn with any ideas and comments you may have.

Are you anxious for spring to arrive? It's almost here, the sun is staying out longer, the temperatures are creeping up in the day, soon, very soon the crocus's and tulips will be poking up through the ground and the robins will return.

For us this has been a pretty easy winter compared to some of the past winters. We've only had one big snowstorm (so far) where we decided to close up both barns and keep all the alpacas inside. The alpacas don't mind the cold temperatures at all, in fact many of the alpacas prefer to spend a lot of time outside all winter. Alpaca fibre is about six times warmer that wool so the snow and cold really doesn't bother them. We closed the barns up because we didn't want to have to shovel out 3' snowdrifts from all of the the barns. Good thing we did too, some of the doors had 4' drifts in front of them and is was a couple of days before we had them all dug out and the alpacas could get outside again.

Some of you may follow us on Facebook or Instagram and already know about our Farm Tours, but for those of you that don't know we are now offering three different types of tours to meet the alpacas, Friday to Monday.

Sunday's at Noon we offer a Public Farm Tour - up to 20 guests. This is a good tour for those just looking for a quick experience, often families with young children.

We also offer Private Tours - just for you and your family or friends. This is the tour for those looking for a more intimate experience with the alpacas.

For the person who loves everything alpaca we now have The Alpaca Lovers Tour. And if you are really crazy about alpacas this is the tour for you.

Come fulfil your lifelong desire to meet alpacas and create memories you can treasure for a lifetime.
We will visit in the barn with the girls and last years crias (baby's) you will get a chance to get up close, feed them a treat, pet them, take lots of photos and learn a bit about them. Our first cria this year is due in early June.

After your visit with the alpacas you are welcome to visit our store and see the wonderful things we create from their fibre.

For more details on each tour please copy and past the link http://www.kickinbackalpacaranch.com/pages/8242/farm-tours
Reservations are needed for all tours.

For the March break - March 16th to March 20th we have extended the farm tours to every day.

Monday, March 16th we are offering one extra Public Tour at 2:00 p.m. 
$10 per adult ages 16 and up, $7 per youth ages 3 to 15 and no charge for infants under 3.
There is a maximum of 20 guests for this tour.
If it books up we will offer another Public Tour later in the week.

After your visit we would love for you to share some of the photos you took to our social media sites.

Upcoming events include shearing opportunities in May and our Open Barn and Country Market in the summer. More on those as we get closer to the the dates.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Beautiful hand-woven rugs


Looking for something unique to change up the home decor a bit ? To give a warm and welcoming feel?

This is our last beautiful 5' X 7' hand woven rug made from our own alpacas fibre. Alpaca is very warm and hypo-allergenic. Think how wonderful that will feel under your feet.

We also have one beautiful 3' X 5' rug in the same pattern.

We will not be having any more of these woven rugs made. As you may know we have changed our direction of making rugs now creating them using a FeltLOOM

As these are the last of our woven rugs we are offering them at 30% off.
The 5' X 7" rug was $990.00 now with 30% off it is available for $763.00
The 3' X 5' rug was $450.00 now with 30% off it is available for $315.00

For more information please email carolyn@kickinbackalpacaranch.com


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Wanted - Responsible Farm Hand


What's missing from this picture?

Tiffany is.

As happens in life things change and it was time for Tiffany to change direction, so we are looking for a new farm hand. This is a permanent, part time position, five mornings a week. Responsibilities include feeding alpacas, cleaning pens, cleaning up manure in pastures.

If interested please email Doug at info@kickinbackalpacaranch.com.

A big thank you to Tiffany for always being here and taking such good care of the alpacas. You will be missed and we wish you so much happiness in the future.

The second picture is Tiffany having a bit of fun with Princess Sara.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Sale In The Barn With The Alpacas 2019

Looking for that unique gift?

This is your chance to get everyone something warm and cozy for Christmas. Come to the ranch on Dec. 7th & 8th, 11 - 3 each day.

We'll have all of your favourites including alpaca socks, insoles, mitts and dryer balls along with lots of unique OOAK shawls, scarves, hats and rugs.

There will be hot apple cider simmering away for you while you do your Christmas shopping and visit with the alpacas.

Jenny Lees Bees Wax Wraps will be joining us on Dec. 8th. https://www.facebook.com/jennyleesbeeswaxwraps/

Please remember we will be accepting donations for the Markdale Food Bank and the Grey Highland Firefighters Toy Drive.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Events 2019

Sorry, I missed posting about a few of the events we have attended recently. We have been busy creating more shawls, mitts and some really awesome hats.

As with everything we create each hat is one of kind. We are always open to suggestions for new items or styles to create, send us an email, send us a doodle or sketch of what you would like us to create and we will see what we can do.
We love creating custom orders.

For the crafters and fibre artists out there don't forget you can come to the ranch and create your own one of a kind item. You can bring your own batts of fibre or you can use ours. If this is something that interests you please contact us to discuss it. We recently had two ladies come for a 90 minute session with the plan of each of them making a rug, but they got so into it they stayed longer and by the end of the day we had created 3 rugs, 2 shawls and a scarf ! It was a very fast paced and creative day.

Our next event is the Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show, Nov. 16th & Nov. 17th. This is a great event for all your Christmas shopping with over 100 unique vendors. We will have all of our latest Laslyn Alpaca Fashions with us and will be accepting orders for Christmas gifts. We will also have everything you have come to expect from us - the wonderfully warm and comfy alpaca socks, insoles, knit mittens, toques, and the practical one of kind area rugs (we will also take custom Christmas orders for those), the perfect stocking stuffer for the environmentally concerned and practical folks - a set of dryer balls. Last but not least a favourite no matter what the age is our wonderfully cuddly stuffed toys - we have bears, alpacas, lions, penguins, elephants, horses, unicorns and giraffes!

We are glad to be returning to our roots so to speak by being vendors at the Flesherton Farmers Market Christmas Show on November 30th. We haven't been in a few years so we are delighted to be back and we will have all the wonderful items mentioned above with us.

For those you like to brave the cold and see the alpacas up close once again we will be having our Annual Christmas Sale in the Barn with the Alpacas on December 7th & 8th. from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. This is a great time get everything you need to keep warms from head to toe this winters as well as some unique Christmas gifts. We have not yet confirmed our guest vendors for this event but will add to the blog when confirmed.

As always we will be accepting donations for the Markdale Food Bank, and the Firefighters Toy Drive with thanks. There are times in life when everyone can use a bit of help. We have a great community, let's help others have an enjoyable holiday.

For the comfort of our alpacas, please do not bring dogs to the farm.

Our barn is wheelchair accessible.






Monday, September 30, 2019

Apple Harvest Festival - Meaford

We are packing our store up and heading out for fall festivals and fairs.

Our first stop is the Apple Harvest Craft Show in Meaford at the Community Centre & Meaford Curling Club.

This has become one of the largest fall shows in southern Ontario, attracting close to 200 artisans and crafters and spread out over two buildings. It is a great event to start your Christmas shopping, there is something for everyone on your list.

We will be there with our latest shawls, scarves, rugs, dryer balls, insoles, duvets and more.

We will also be accepting custom orders for Christmas gifts.


Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Family Farm Tours

Today was one of those days where the visitors just made me so happy. The kids were so excited to be up close and able to pet and feed the alpacas. I think the parents really enjoyed it too.

We still have times available for appointments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, book on-line or phone.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

RocktoGem

Grey County has so many wonderfully talented people, Jamie of RockToGem is another talent we are glad to have with us on Saturday.

Here is a bit about her:
- I moved to Beautiful Ontario in 1989 and am lucky to have a beautiful property in West Grey.
- You will find Natural Healing Crystals,Quality Gemstone Jewelry,and Fun Animal paintings at my booth.
- I have always Loved nature and all that comes with it, I started collecting stones as a young child
- My passion for stones led me on the path to creating beautiful gemstone jewelry with mother natures help with all the amazing treasures found.
- I am self taught , I now cut and polish all of my gemstones using a Lapidary machine, then wrap or set in
Sterling Silver, 14/20 Gold or Copper.

All One of a Kind Jewelry for everyone to enjoy and cherish from someone who puts her Love into each piece.

- My Paintings are fun loving for you to enjoy and make you smile !

- Look forward to meeting you at the Farm !

Be sure to check out her Facebook page to see more:

RocktoGem - https://www.facebook.com/rockingjewelry/

RockToGem accepts cash, credit card and debit cards.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Vandeleur Organics

We are happy to have Malcolm Marshall of Vandeleur Organics join us this year.

Malcolm will have a variety of micro-greens including peas, sunflower, wheatgrass, salad mix, basil, radish and red cabbage.

Here is a bit more from Malcolm -
Vandeleur Organics is a small scale indoor micro-farm located in Flesherton, ON specializing in micro-greens. At Vandeleur Organics, all our products are sustainable and organically grown using non-GMO seeds.

Micro-greens typically take between 10-25 days to grow from seed to harvest. At Vandeleur Organics we grow in sq.ft. serving surrounding restaurants with high quality micro-greens.
Since graduating culinary school and working and learning under some really talented chefs, I found my passion for local, organic, and sustainably produced food.

Malcolm takes cash for payment
Please be sure to check out his social media pages.
https://www.facebook.com/vandeleur.organics/

https://www.instagram.com/vandeleur.organics/

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Timmerwerk

Today's vendor is our youngest vendor, Will of Timmerwerk is just starting to get into the craft shows and markets. We are very happy to welcome him and his one of a kind wooden jewelry.
Will can introduce himself:

About Me:
My name is Will Daize. I am a 17 year old student and the creator of Timmerwerk. I made Timmerwerk as a way to express the desire I had to not only create, but to share something unique with others, and to do it with woodworking makes it perfect. This is because woodworking is one of my passions. I love turning what seems to be a simple piece of wood into a creation that can be appreciated by all. So, I decided to turn this passion into my business. It started with making small wooden projects (and a not so small bench) as Christmas gifts for my family. I then received a request from my sister to make wooden earrings, which, after a bit of thinking and tinkering, the first pair were made. I later made the first necklace from a simple offcut of a piece of wood I was working on, which sparked the idea to create and sell wooden jewelry. This started off by making a few necklaces that I sold to a couple of my friends. After talking to the right people, I was able to secure a spot at the Flesherton Home Show, which marked the first show that I attended. Now I am attending the Flesherton Farmers’ Market, as well as any other markets that I am able to attend. Overall, Timmerwerk is the first step in a hopefully long journey in woodworking as a business, but more importantly as a passion.

Please check out his social media pages.
https://www.facebook.com/Timmerwerk-471190326982326/

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