The Berryhill Farm, 49885 County 11 Boulevard, Pine Island, MN 55963 / theberryhillfarm.com / 507-722-1029
At The Berryhill Farm we raise the historic and rare breed of sheep, Leicester Longwools (also known as English Leicesters) developed in the mid 1700's by Robert Bakewell. George Washington mentions the breed in several letters, going so far as to say that he made the "choice of good rams from the English Leicester breed" for his own flock. We chose to help preserve this wonderful breed of sheep for many reasons. Owning a smaller acreage it was not realistic to be profitable with a commercial breed of sheep where vast numbers are generally required. With the Leicester Longwools, a dual purpose breed, we have three areas for potential profit: selling breeding quality animals to other interested farms, selling the fleece (in various forms) and finally selling those animals that don't meet breeding standards for meat. The fleece is prized by hand spinners and fiber artists for its curl, soft handle, luster and ease of dying. The meat has a mild flavor and has been served by several restaurants in the Rochester area over the last 5 years with excellent feedback.
Site 1: Clear Spring Farm
Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing & Farm, 18495 Goodwin Avenue / Hastings, MN 55033 / rachalpacafarm.com / 651-485-7916
Rach-Al-Paca Farm is a small diversified fiber farm, located along the Vermillion River. We are the only full-service custom fiber processing mill in MN, spinning fiber into the most luxurious yarn available. We have a fiber CSA, raw fiber, roving, yarn & garments for sale in our store. The friendliest goats live here & love to meet new people! Three Rivers Fibershed will be here for the weekend, demonstrating fiber arts & updating folks on their efforts to connect people with fiber, our shared mission.
Site 4: The Berryhill Farm
Site 3: Fossum Family Farm
Clear Spring Farm, 31139 County 7 Boulevard, Welch, MN 55089. clearspringfarmyaks.com / 651-212-8099
Clear Spring Farm is the home of several Royal and Trim Tibetan Yak. These beautiful creatures produce an exotic fiber similar to cashmere that is has superior warmth, strength, and is hypoallergenic. Our herd is exceptionally docile, making it a pleasant experience to photograph your experience visiting the yak farm. Make sure to ask about "Jericho ", who has the world's longest yak horns and is blessed by a Tibetan monk. He resides in the pasture and loves visitors willing to give him a scratch behind the ears.
Site 2: Harvest Hill Acres
The North Star Farm Tour is a self-guided tour of ten Twin Cities-regional fiber farms, connecting people to farmers who produce local, natural fibers.
The 2018 Tour takes place Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, from 10 am to 5 pm. Please contact individual farms if you have questions about their sites or products available, or visit the North Star Farm Tour facebook page for updates and additional tour information.
Running Dog Ranch, N293 197th Street, Stockholm, WI 54769 / runningdogranch.org / 651-206-6719
We have a ranch and a Learning Center located atop a bluff near Stockholm, Wisconsin, on a historic Swedish farmstead built in the 1860’s near Laura Ingles Wilder’s birthsite.
Our passion is to offer folksy artistic classes that help students identify what brings them joy and provide opportunities that inspire them to create for life. Classes are held in two on-site locations: a multi-purpose workshop and a new log cabin.
We have different types of looms and will demonstrate spinning and weaving plus you may meet our sheep. They were bred for special wool from Shetland, Border Leister, Corriedale, Romney and Merino. The wool is super fine and tightly crimped. We have several colors of natural white, brown and black wool for sale.
Special Guest Artist: Mette Biering Christiansen will offer natural dying demo’s from roving to fabric. She has yarn, dying materials and dyed wool products for sale as well.
Site 5: Rach-al-paca Fiber Processing and Farm
Site 6: Running Dog Ranch
Harvest Hill Acres, 7477 400th St, Dennison, MN, 55018 / email@example.com / 713-244-4184
A new farm to the tour this year, in the very beautiful SOGN valley. You will get a chance to visit the Sheep, Llamas, barn cats, rabbits and chickens. You probably will also have an opportunity to meet the " real owners of the farm" Lady and Else the Golden Retrievers. Learn about sheep wool and how it relates to other animals, learn about why honey bee are so important to food production.
Taste honey, made at the farm. Bob for local apples, and see how sheep love graham crackers. And experience the Introduction of new line of yarn, Wild Barn Yarn. Yarn made of fiber from some of the farm residence and some wild relatives like, bison and camel.
Meet the authors of Minnesota 52, Cori Eichelberger and Megan William have a new local knitting book in the farm store yarn shop. It includes "16 knits inspired by the Road" , they will be talking to fellow knitters at Harvest Hill Acres on Sunday 10 am-3 pm. They will be selling and signing their books, talking knitting and have samples of the patterns available for looking over!!
Meet Wendy Johnson, author of Yarn Works. She will be doing yarn demonstrations with Yarn from Wild Barn Yarn, a yarn product from Harvest Hill Acres, and selling and signing her book. Sunday from 10 am-5 pm
NORTH STAR FARM TOUR
Fossum Family Farm, 5445 320th St W, Northfield, MN 55057 / fossumfamilyfarm.com / 507-645-0365
Fossum Family Farm has been raising suri and huacaya alpacas for 14 years and Tibetan yaks for about 5 years. We are also home to The Alpaca Farm Store where we sell our fiber, yarns and other products made from alpaca. We are a 'full service' farm providing animals, boarding, breedings, mentoring and fiber/products.