Normally I buy local produce at Pearl’s Market, Ludwig’s Corner, but this day I bought produce at Pearl’s Market in Eagle. As I walked back to the cashier, a yarn display caught my eye. It’s been years since I’ve knit but the colors in the yarn captured my attention. I put my produce down and picked up a skein of yarn. It felt incredibly pleasing, I couldn’t believe it! I put it down and had to pick it up again… it felt SO good! I looked at the label to see what kind of yarn it was. Alpaca. I was in a hurry so paid for my produce and was on my way out. I turned around for one last touch. This time, I touched the socks, the yarn, and the stuffed animals made of 100% alpaca. The feel was indescribable! I grabbed a business card and put in my bag.
That afternoon I checked out the website to see where the yarn was from. Grist Mill Farm Alpacas right here in Chester County! I learned more about the alpacas and knew I had to meet these animals whose fleece was amazing to touch. The next day I called Terri and Peter Silvester to see if by chance the farm would be opened that day. Terri agreed to meet my ten year old granddaughter and me with only an hour’s notice. Terri taught us about alpacas as she introduced each one by name. We kneeled for CoCo, Apollonia, and her cria, Dewars (born in May) to eat from my granddaughter’s hand. They are quite timid. Dewars was the bravest of the bunch. Intriguing…
Terri then welcomed us into their home they built two years ago using the original stone from the grist mill on their property dating back to the 1800’s. The Farm Store is located there. Terri continued teaching us about shearing, alpaca textiles, yarns, etc. My granddaughter and I were fascinated with the yarn display from the alpacas we met. She chose a skein of farm blend, made from all of their fleeces and I chose Beauregard’s yarn for the deep, dark brown natural color. The Silvesters, along with other International Alpaca Farms, donated fleece to the gulf. The fleece soaks up oil.
Terri and Peter welcome the opportunity to share their alpacas with others and encourage you to call or email for an appointment to visit the alpacas and/or Farm Store. The farm will be opened to the general public on Saturday, Sept 25th and Sunday, Sept 26th from 10-4. Check their website for local events they participate in.
Address: 2230 Creek Rd, Glenmoore, PA Phone: 610-942-4066 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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