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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Shearing Season Begins

I think, or at least hope we are finally done with the snow. We are behind schedule with many things this year, including setting up our shearing schedule.

We are coming into our busy season, we have alpacas that need to be halter trained, time to start shearing our alpacas and our clients alpacas. The most excitement of course is that we are expecting 19 crias this year and the first one is due on May 28th.
Most farmers bring in their harvest in the fall, for alpaca farmers spring shearing is our harvest.

Some of you have expressed an interest in participating on shearing day and now is your chance. We will be shearing our alpacas in May. We shear mostly on weekends but if we can get enough volunteers we would love to shear through the week too.

No experience needed, but the love of alpacas, learning something new and a sense of adventure are beneficial. It is a dirty job but it is worth it to be up close and personal with the alpacas and to see how much they appreciate being sheared.

We are setting up our schedule now so please email us right away with the date(s) you would like to come and participate and we will try to co-ordinate enough dates to get it done.
Lunch will be provided.
We also need volunteers to help us halter train the crias born last year. Please email me if you are interested in halter training.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Have a pronking day!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Glad to be included even though we aren't food related.

We were very happy to have Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic visit our ranch a few years ago. The following is an updated version of her article.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Grey County. We often are part of tours.

Click here to see what Ayngelina has to say about Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch and some of her favourite spots in Grey County!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Sale In The Barn With The Alpacas 2017

Come join us and all of the moms and their crias (babies) from this year in the barn.

For your convenience the store will be setup in the barn with all of our products made from our warm and luxurious alpaca fibre.

Come check out our incredibly warm hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, mitts and shawls. For snuggling and relaxing we have alpaca throws, duvets and rugs to keep you warm. The adorable soft stuffed toys will warm your heart. If you want to create your own hats and mitts we still have yarn available.

We are fully stocked with alpaca socks and insoles, they make the perfect gift.

We will even have some of the scarves and rugs made on our new FeltLOOM.

We will have three guests with us again this year;

Opa's Workshop will be here with their stunning hand made jewelry boxes, bowls, Christmas candle holders. All lovingly made by Fred and Jan.

Mykel of Blue Monk Arts will be there with his fluid acrylic pour painting. Currently Mykel is exploring abstract expressionist painting, emphasizing colours and movement, he even did one of an alpaca.

Lori of Caddyshack Creative will have a great variety of her whimsical knitted and crocheted animals, gnomes, cartoon characters, and golf covers. Lori will only be there on Saturday.

You can get all of your Christmas shopping done at one time.
For photos of some of the wonderful items available please check out our Facebook page

As always we will be accepting donations for the Markdale Food Bank, and the Firefighters Toy Drive with thanks. We have a great community, let's help others have an enjoyable holiday.

For the comfort of our alpacas, please leave your dogs at home.

Our barn is wheelchair accessible.

Hope to see you here!

Carolyn & Doug Lilleyman
Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch
Markdale, Ontario

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Upcoming Events

Here is our upcoming schedule, if you need more details please contact us or check out our Facebook page .

Ancaster Lions Club
29th Charity Craft & Gift Show
November 4th & 5th
at the Ancaster Fairgrounds

Paris Optimist Craft Show & Coffee House
November 11th & 12th
at the Paris Fair Grounds

Christmas Craft & Gift Market
November 18th & 19th
at the Grand River Raceway, Elora

Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show
November 25th & 26th
at the Blue Mountain Resort,
Village Conference Centre, The Courts

38th London Christmas Craft Festival
November 30th - December 3rd
at the Metroland Media Agriplex

Christmas Sale in the Barn with the Alpacas
December 9th & 10th
at Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Great variety of vendors

Be sure to check out these vendors, we have a real variety of products.

Today's Featured Vendor is our youngest vendor and he has the brightest smile and a heart of gold.
Meet 6-year old Oliver, a philanthropist-in-training. Working hard to make the lives of kids in hospital better. Since 2014 Oliver has been selling lemonade to raise funds for the Child Life department at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. To date he has raised over $5000 to help sick kids.
Please be sure to check out Oliver's facebook page and Like it.

Miners Maple Products, more yummy sweetness.
Russell has been making syrup for over thirty years. In 1996 he moved to our current location in Kemble where we have a 220 acre 6000 tap operation. We fire our evaporator with wood chips and have a reverse osmosis. Our evaporator, sap holding tanks, and syrup barrels are food grade stainless steel. We have a certified kitchen and our main goal is to bring the highest quality that mother nature gives us to our customers.

Shpurshire Farms will be joining us with a great selection of organic teas, botanicals, body products, herbs and gift ware. Plus she will be bringing  a few of her rabbits with her.
Shpurshire Farm is a 100 acre century farm nestled in beautiful Grey County . With their own Master Herbalist they source, wildcraft and create organic Teas,Tincture and salves for people and pets alike!
All of their chickens, ducks, sheep and rabbits are raised holistically.
They also supply Mother Nature Approved, Treats and feed for rabbits , farm critters and canines.
Be sure to check out their pages for more information

We are very excited to have this unique artist joining us for his first ever show. Mykel, the Blue Monk Arts, is an artist focusing on fluid acrylic pour painting. Currently Mykel is exploring abstract expressionist painting, emphasizing colours and movement.
By moving away from strict images and focusing on flows, hues, and shapes it allows the paintings to be more subjective in their expressions of patterns, rather than realist images. Mykel, as an artist, is often stifled by perfectionism. Focusing on bold colour palettes and flowing shapes forces perspective away from that perfection, creating abstract paintings that appeal to a more free-form aesthetic.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A few more vendors.

We would like to introduce a few more of the vendors that will be attending our Open Barn & Country Market on July 29th.
The Featherstone Family will be at the market. Their small herd of Old English Shorthorns and gardens of rhubarb, seasonal vegetables, and wild foraged herbs, berries and flowers make up the beauty of their sustainable farm.
They have grass-fed beef, assorted birdseed, jams/jellies/preserves/vinegar's, seasonal fruits, veggies, honey, woodcutting boards & spoons.
For more information checkout their webpage at or their facebook page

There is nothing sweeter than honey, so we are glad to have Hunking Honey joining us. Another true family business right here in Grey Highlands.
They have wonderful raw honey in various size containers but they also sell bee keeping equipment. If you are interested in having your own hives these are the people to talk to.

Another unique vendor we are glad to have with us for the Open Barn & Country Market -
Annanda Chaga is a small family owned company in Collingwood . Processing certified Organic, Wild harvested Chaga Mushrooms from NorthWestern Ontario, Blair & Heather offer a complete line of Chaga Mushroom products including Chaga Tea, Powder, Chunks, Chaga Tincture, Chaga coffee and Chaga Mushroom Skin Care products. or Call 1-855-552-4242 (855-55-CHAGA)

Barbara Pearn loves living in rural Ontario, surrounded by barns, waterfalls, trees, lakes, rivers, hills and valleys. There's artistic inspiration every day. Every day looks different. Barbara says “the interplay of light, form and structure of trees captivates me. I find myself often painting trees.” Her usual medium is oil. She has her work on display in galleries in Collingwood & Clarksburg.
Barbara also does commissioned art work.
You can see some of her wonderful art work at

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Meet our vendors at the Open Barn & Country Market

We are glad to have Opa's Workshop at the Open Barn & Country Market.
Fred is a 6th Generation Cabinetmaker, using scroll saw since age 9, retired and now a hobbyist selling amazing bowls and scroll work at markets and craft shows. Jan is the organizer of the business and Fred's biggest fan.

Karen of Forgar Creations makes delightful wire work in copper and artistic silver wire. She also uses beads crystals and semi precious stones. Karen does some custom work. No two pieces are the same, each one hand crafted. Each piece of jewelry she makes is a piece of art.
This summer she has branched out in to home and garden decor.
You can find more of her work on and instagram at Forgar_Creations10

Linda & Phyllis Caswell of Sister Acts create crafts for all occasions. They have been quilting, sewing, knitting & crocheting beautiful handmade items for many years; they have been part of the local craft show scene since 1998.
Their product includes quilting and sewing - runners, place mats, baby and full size quilts, adult bibs, potholders, and a full range of baby needs. They also have knit scrubbies and dishcloths.
These ladies aren't on facebook so you will have to come to the Open Barn to see how wonderful all of their items are.

Caddyshack Creative - Lori's items are always unique. Whimsical knitted and crocheted animals, pocket sized gnomes and cartoon characters, hand crafted golf head racks, for hats or shoes, hand crafted golf head covers, dioramas and mobiles, all with her own personal touch of whimsy. As part of our local knitting group I wait anxiously each week to see her latest creation.
You can check her items out on

Monday, July 3, 2017

Open Barn & Country Market

Be sure to mark July 29th on the calendar, you won't want to miss this event !
You will be able to watch the new crias up close, be sure to bring your camera.

We are excited to have the following vendors join us, please check out their pages.

Opa's Workshop


Forgar Creations

Miners Maple Products

Shpurshire Farm

Caddyshack Creative

Annada Chaga Mushrooms

Abbey's Sweet Treats

Hunking Honey

Rocky Hill Hideaway Peppers & Herbs
Sister Acts
Sunrise Gardens
more still to come......

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Offkilter Tourist came to visit.


Click to see what the OffKilter Tourist has to say about Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Family Day!

Come celebrate Family Day with us and the alpacas at the Markdale Recreation's 4th Annual Family Day.
Stop by and meet Meringue and Kit Kat, they will be outside in their tent, then go inside where we will have our wonderfully warm alpaca products. Everything you need to keep warm from head to toe, socks, scarves, hats, head bands, we will also have our duvets, rugs and super soft stuffed toys.

Come spend the entire day there are so many things to do starting with pancake breakfast, chain saw carving, indoor games, snowman competition, skating and more.