Author Archives: Rachel Boucher

Our New Store is Open!

At our annual open house, we unveiled our new yarn store!

We got great coverage from the Hastings Star Gazette, and thank them for taking the time to visit us.  Their article spurred another article, with a slightly different focus, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Thanks to them as well, for their patience as we explained the somewhat foreign world of fiber farming.

Here are links to both stories:

http://www.hastingsstargazette.com/news/business/4130890-rach-al-paca-opens-new-yarn-store

http://www.startribune.com/buy-local-movement-raises-stakes-for-local-fibers/397530231/#1

Our store is open from 10-6 weekdays and 9-2 on Saturdays.  We have yarns, rovings, felts, socks, insoles, hats, scarves, and alpaca cookie cutters, as well as photograpy by Alan Boucher – something for everyone!

Price increase on suri alpaca fiber processing, effective September 1, 2015

We have been processing an increasing amount of suri fiber over the years, and it has become a large part of our business. Unfortunately, suri requires a lot of extra time-consuming hand work, and we can no longer absorb that cost.

For suri fiber received after September 1st, 2015, there will be an increase of $3 per pound on all suri fiber we process, including the suri in blends.

All suri yarns will be $35 per pound. The normal 15% discount for 25+ pound lots still applies, however the rate for 100+ pound lots will increase to $24.25 per pound.

Suri roving & batts will be $23 per pound.

Suri felts will be $28 per pound.

Suri rug yarn will be $21 per pound.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

 

It has begun!

Well, it is finally March!

On March 3rd, we were -20, before the windchill. This week, it has been in the +40s, and we have had a ton of melting. We even had to turn on the air conditioner in the mill, to get the humidity down. What a difference a week makes!

With the advent of the spring thaw comes lambs. Miss Mollie had twins this week, a boy & a girl. Check out the newborns!

mollie lambs

Traditionally, early March is a slow time for fiber coming into the mill. If you need something done in time for Llama Magic or Shepherds Harvest, we may be able to do it! Just give us a call at 651-485-7916.

Happy Spring!!

Welcome to our new Website!

Welcome to our new Website!

As we enter our 10th year of processing, we decided to revamp our website.

We’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, and changed a lot in the past 10 years and have added to our website to reflect that growth.   You’ll find more information on processing than ever, be able to track your order online, and see more photos of what goes on here.

Alan has also grown in his photography!  There are tons of photos of our farm animals, wildlife, raptors, and the ever-photogenic Bailey.  Alan has nature cards made from these photos for sale if any catch your eye.  Just ask!

Please take a moment to browse & let us know any thoughts you may have, and notify us of any errors you find.  As we all know, life is a work in progress!