Kickin' Back Alpaca Ranch

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Offkilter Tourist came to visit.

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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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas Farm Visits

Looking for something a bit different to do over the Christmas break?
Why not come out and visit the alpacas? We offer family farm visits for $20.00. You get to be up close with the alpacas, learn a bit about them and how and why we raise them.

Our cozy store will also be open if you are interested in buying some wonderfully warm alpaca products. We have everything from socks to hats, sweaters, shawls, rug, duvets and stuffed toys.

We are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. everyday this week, Jan. 2nd to Jan. 8th. Please call to arrange an appointment. If you aren't able to come to the farm you can check out our on-line store on our website.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Sale in the Barn with the Alpacas

We have everything you need to be warm this winter all made from luxurious alpaca fibre. Come check out our incredibly warm hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, mitts, shawls. We have alpaca throws and rugs to keep you warm while relaxing inside. The adorably 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.

For the first time we have alpaca duvets, in double, queen and king sizes.

We will have two guests with us; Opa's Workshop will be here with their stunning hand made jewelry boxes, bowls, Christmas candle holders.

Marsh Street Sweets will be here with her incredibly scrumptious homemade marshmallows including vanilla, coconut, peppermint and gingerbread flavour.

You can get all of your Christmas shopping done at one time.

We will be accepting donations for the Markdale Food Bank.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

November, December 2016 Events

Well it was a great summer but winter is on the way and time to move indoors.
Our farm store will be open Saturday Oct. 29th & Sunday Oct. 30th.

We are attending several new events away from Grey County this season and hope to see you there.

Saturday, Nov 5th, Sunday Nov. 6th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ANCASTER LIONS CRAFT & SHIFT SHOW, at the Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds.

Friday, November 11th, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12th, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS CRAFT & ARTISAN SHOW at The Powerade Centre, Brampton

Saturday, November 19th, 1:30 to 4:30 MEAFORD FARMER'S CHRISTMAS MARKET At the Meaford Town Hall

Sunday, November 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ANNUAL LIONS CHRISTMAS CRAFT At the Arthur & Area Community Centre

Saturday November 26th 10am-5pm, Sunday November 27th 10am-3pm IROQUOIS LACROSSE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at The Iroquois Lacrosse Arena, Hagersville

Saturday, December 3rd. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. THE 7TH OTHER ONE OF A KIIND CRAFT SHOW & SALE, at Malvern Collegiate, Toronto

Sunday, December 4h - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS SALE IN THE BARN WITH THE ALPACAS right here at our farm, with guests Opa’s Workshop and Marsh Street Sweets.

Saturday, December 10th, OLDE FASHIONED CHRISMTAS ARTISAN MARKET, Thornbury

Remember to check out our facebook page, it is updated with photos more often than the Farm News.

Get your Christmas shopping done early this year. Remember give the gift of warmth - alpaca.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Alpaca Ontario Show - 15th Anniversary

We are busy halter training our crias for the Alpaca Ontario Show. This year we are taking 3 males and 2 females to the show.
It is one of the largest alpaca shows in Canada at the Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre.

200 alpacas are registered for the show both huacaya and suri alpacas. There will be two rings of alpacas showing at the same time.

There will be vendors selling wonderful alpaca products, plus three of the fibre mills from Ontario will have booths set up demonstrations of spinning fibre arts competition Mary Ann English Spin Off Shearing demonstration on Sunday, Alpaca 101 seminars walk an alpaca skirting/sorting of fibre demos Walk through the barns to see some of the best alpacas around. If you have an interest in alpacas this is a great event to attend and learn more.

Entrance by donation.

Orangeville Fairgrounds (OAS Event Centre for GPS)

Saturday April 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday April 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information: http://www.alpacaontario.ca/showhomepage.php

Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Alpaca-Ontario-Inc-Offical-Page-141628625883230/

Monday, November 30, 2015

December 2015 Events

Wow, December already! Not much time to finish your Christmas shopping. We only have three more events this month.

Dec. 5th we are at the Meaford Hall from Noon till 4:00.

Dec. 6th we are opening up our barn and having a sale there. You will be able to see the alpacas up close while doing your shopping. We will have some warm apple cider and candy canes. In the spirit of Christmas we will be accepting donations for the Markdale Food Bank .

Dec. 12th is our season finale in Thornbury.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Upcoming Craft Sales

The farmer's markets and fall fairs are all done for the season, time to move indoors.
The following events are all confirmed and we are ready to meet you there.

Saturday, October 17th, 9:30 to 4:00 FALL COLOURS CRAFT AND QUILT SHOW at the GNE Fairground- 2220 Fairgrounds Road N. ( 1 km south of Highway 26) Clearview Twp.

Saturday, November 7th .- 9 to 4 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW , Goderich District Collegiate Institute (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving)

Sunday, November 8th, 10:00 - 3:00, Holly Jolly Marketplace, Stroud Recreation Centre, 7883 Yonge Street, Innisfil (Stroud)

Saturday, November 14th 9:00 to 3:30 CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW, Mount Forest Sports Complex, 850 Princess St.

Saturday, November 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. FLESHERTON & DISTRICT FARMERS CHRISTMAS MARKET At the Kinplex Centre

Sunday, November 29th, - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. SEAFORTH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S 29TH TOY AND CRAFT SHOW AND SALE At the Seaforth Community Centre

Saturday, December 5th - 1:30 to 4:30 MEAFORD FARMER'S CHRISTMAS MARKET At the Meaford Town Hall

Sunday, December 6th - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS SALE IN THE BARN WITH THE ALPACAS right here at our farm

We are still working on a few more events and will post the dates as soon as they are confirmed.

Remember to check out our facebook page, it is updated with photos more often than the Farm News.

Get your Christmas shopping done early this year. Remember give the gift of warmth - alpaca.

Have a pronking day!

Carolyn & Doug

Friday, June 26, 2015

Markets and Crias

Where has the time gone since my last update? It has been busy as usual around here.
This winter was much colder than last year but not as much snow. With the constant freezing temperatures our pipes in the girl's barn froze in February and remained that way until mid April!

Carolyn completed the Certified Classer course and received her certificate at the Alpaca Ontario Annual Meeting. What does this mean to our customers? It means that our fibre will be better classed, graded and prepared before being sent to the mill for processing, which means our finished yarns will be very high quality.

May was a busy month with us shearing our own herd of 60 alpacas, plus shearing 84 alpacas for other farms in Grey Highlands. Its always amazing how skinny the alpacas look afterwards.

Cria season has arrived, to date we have three females - Kit Kat, Gum Drop, Toffee, and three males - Reflection's Amirror, Black Ball, Mars was born yesterday, he is a perfect silver grey male, we have great hopes for his future. We are expecting another 10 crias between now and early August. As an alpaca farmer this is the best time of year and the worst. It is so great watching the little ones first wobbly steps when they are only a few hours old, watching them chase each other around the pastures and the poor moms trying to keep up with them. The worst part is the waiting for the next arrival, so far this season most of our females have been overdue.

We are in full swing for the summer markets now, come join us at a market near you. We have a lot of wonderful new hand knit items and we still bring two adorable alpacas everywhere we go.

Thursday's 5:30 until 9:00 we are at the Stayner's Station Park for "Music, Market and Park It". This is a great way to spend Thursday evening, a different group every week providing live entertainment in the band shell, the Farmer's Market takes up half of the parking lot, the other half of the parking lot has a variety of classic cars and tractors on display.

Saturdays 8:30 until 1:00 we are at the Collingwood Downtown Farmer's Market. This is the largest market we attend, with over 60 vendors there is something for everyone.

The first Sunday of each month, 11:00 until 2:00 we are at the new Thornbury Farmer's Market, right on Hwy. 26 by the municipal office.

The third Friday of each month, 3:00 until 7:00 we return to the Meaford Farmer's Market right at the harbour - a great place to be on a hot summer day.

We may do a few other events in between, the best way to keep up to date with everything happening at the farm and for markets is to like our facebook page, it is updated at least once a week.

Have a pronking day! Carolyn & Doug

Monday, December 22, 2014

Closed Today

Our store will be closed Monday Dec. 22nd. We will be open again on Tuesday Dec. 23rd for any last minute shopping.