Site 5: Harvest Hill Acres

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For the safety of the public and our farm animals,
we request that you  leave your pets at home. 

The North Star Farm Tour is a self-guided tour of twelve 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 5pm. 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.

Site 7: Sutton Ridge Farm

Site 6: Rach-al-paca Fiber Processing and Farm 

Harvest Hill Acres, 7477 400th St, Dennison, MN, 55018 | |713-244-4184

Harvest Hill Acres is home to a purebred flock of CVM Romedale sheep, llamas, chickens, angora rabbits and honeybees. Our animals produce exceptional fiber & honey.

The CVM Romeldale comes in many beautiful rich colors.  All of our yarn is the natural color of each individual sheep.  We also have some yarn and rovings with acquired "wild fiber" such as camel, bison, qiviut, hence the name "Wild Barn Yarn".

P – Roving & natural colored yarns from individual sheep; “Wild Barn Yarn” blended with camel, bison & qiviut; honey & farm eggs. 
F – Brats, snacks, pastries & beverages for sale both days. 
E – Crafts for children & Sheep Selfie Station Sat & Sun 10-5 
E – Intro to Knitting for Children Sat & Sun 11-5 (repeated during this time). 

D – Knitting, Drop Spindle, and Weaving Demos Sat & Sun 10-5
D – Sun 10-5 Author & Artist Wendy J. Johnson spinning demo & knitting discussion. Bring your project with questions! 

E– Sun 10-12:30 Dr. Travis Hoffman, U of M Sheep Extension, “First Steps in Raising Sheep” free workshop for people interested in shepherding. Bring questions and learn about the husbandry of our flock of CVM/Romeldale.  

                       Win a Basket of Farm Products & Gift Certificate for the Farm Store! 

Site 8: Windswept Hill Farm 

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September 29 & 30, 2018

10am - 5pm

Sutton Ridge Farm, 1500 W 200th St, Jordan, MN 55352 | | 952-492-5210

Visit our family- farm where we grow & raise high-quality food for your table; like 100% grass-fed Scottish Highland beef, milk-fed pork, pasture-raised lamb, and whole-grain wheat, along with beautiful, natural fibers for textiles, crafting & art. 

In addition to our locally-raised meats, see our other unique products, including ready-to-wear hats, socks & trendy animal pelt products. 

Saturday experience sheep shearing with professional shearer Larry Kiewel starting at 11:30 and continuing throughout the day. Dr. Travis Hoffman, U of M Extension Sheep expert joins Larry from Noon to 2:30 for “Wool Quality & Fiber Analysis”: an in-depth look at the science of fiber. 

Hungry? Save your appetite for some old-fashioned, cast-iron cooking. See & taste the way it’s done-country style-of course! Sat. 11:30 – 5pm

Listen to the sounds of the fiddle with Bluegrass on Saturday & Sunday.

Look for our skilled demonstrators crafting wonderful products out of wool fibers from our flock of sheep.

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a few minutes to watch our Sheep to Shawl video that shows the many fiber processing steps needed to take raw fleece and turn it into a wearable product.

Relax under a shade tree and enjoy watching the many animals that occupy our farmstead: chickens, barn cats, sheep & cattle dogs, pigs, sheep and get hands-on with our angora rabbits and a Scottish Highland cow. 

P – Award-winning raw fleeces (with staple lengths up to 8 inches), roving, dyed locks, yarns, artisan mittens, socks & knit-hats, grass-fed beef, Highland cattle & sheep pelts, 100% wool boot/shoe liners, fluffy sheep-pelt accent pillows and products from Farmers’ Market vendors.
D – Sheep Shearing with professional shearer Larry Kiewel starting 11:30 Sat. and continuing throughout the day.
E – Dr. Travis Hoffman, U of M Extension Sheep expert joins Larry Noon to 2:30 Sat for “Wool Quality & Fiber Analysis”: an in-depth look at the science of fiber. 
D – Kathy Roderick, Crochet Twin Cities, will create mittens, cowls & hats with Sutton Ridge Farm yarn Sat 11-2 pm. @CrochetTwinCities
D - Needle Felting. All day Saturday & Sunday.
D - "Tallow Treats & Fancy Nests" - Repurposed Farm by-products to help our wild bird friends get through winter. Saturday 2:30.

F – 10:30am - Noon; Breakfast sandwich of Canadian Bacon, cheese and egg on a bun. Dutch-oven lunch of lamb or beef hot dog, cowboy beans, cheesy potatoes and cobbler - Saturday Noon - 4pm. Or visit the Snack bar for your choice of beef, lamb or ham & cheese stick. Variety of beverages and all- you-can-drink coffee!
F - Mini Farmers Market all day Sunday.

E – Bluegrass music by local talent: Saturday Noon - 2pm and Sunday 10am - Noon.
E- "How it's made"- Sheep to Shawl video of all the processing steps of sheep fleece from shearing to final product.

                      Win 10# of 100% grass fed Scottish Highland Beef! 

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Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing & Farm, 18495 Goodwin Avenue, Hastings, MN 55033 | | 651-485-7916

Rach-Al-Paca Farm is a small diversified fiber farm, located along the Vermillion River. We are the oldest full-service custom fiber 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! Members of the Upper Midwest Alpacas will be here Saturday and Sunday.  Ask about our Adopt an Alpaca program!

P – Yarns and products made locally at the mill.   
D – Mill tours offered 10-5 both days. 
D -- Kathy Breitenbach, Crochet Twin Cities, will crochet a basket and winter headband Sun 11-3.
D – Take an alpaca selfie & chat with members of Upper Midwest Alpacas Sat & Sun 10-5.

E – Sun 1:30-3:30 Dr. Travis Hoffman, U of M Sheep Extension, Free Workshlp “Wool Suppy Chain: Making It Happen.” Enjoy a professional demo of skirting a fleece as an intro to touring the mill.

                       Win a Gift Certificate for the Store or Mill!


Windswept Hill Farm, 20800 Ahern Blvd, Farmington, MN 55024 | | 651-246-6332

Visitors of all ages are welcome at this family farm, remodeled with salvaged materials into an inspirational place for living, learning, and creating. Our sheep live in the landmark MondriBarn, built in the de Stijl style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. The friendly flock is mainly Blue-faced and English Leicester with a select number of Shetland/Leicester X. Our partnership with Ewetopia Mill in LaFarge, WI this year has produced lusciously colored “MondriYarn” in finished yarns, spinning rovings, and felting-sized balls. Our feed room has been transformed into the annual Tour Store, and we have a weekend of educational and artistic programs planned, rain or shine. Stroll the grounds, play a yard game, and enjoy a dish of homemade apple crisp or one of our other goodies.  Relax in the tent while you make a wool angel to take home as a gift. Also check out the outdoor furniture created with carpenter Rich West from 100% repurposed redwood.  The farm includes horses, a flock of very friendly pet hens and young chicks hatched four weeks ago, a pond of pet koi fish, and Brick the Read-to-Me Dog. Be sure to stop at the Little Free Library at the end of the driveway on your way in or out. 

P –Natural & dyed roving, “MondriYarn,” dryer balls, wool dusters, knit socks, gifts, & outdoor furniture crafted from repurposed redwood. NEW FOR SPRING 2019: order native plants for pollinator gardens! 
D – Start your fleece education Sat 10 am with a shearing by Larry Kiewel for weekend guest fiber artist Alison Cromie, author of She will skirt, wash, dye & process our fleece Sat & Sun in the comfort of the MondriBarn.   
E – Sat 10-Noon Enjoy a visit with our neighbors -- Skyview Ranch Petting Zoo – who will stop by with a trailer-full of their very friendly animals!
D – Sat 11-2 Judith Hibbard, Crochet Twin Cities, will create simple crochet projects using Windswept Hill Farm’s MondriYarn. @CrochetTwinCities
E – Sat 2-3 Join Recording Artist Alison Cromie for a Family Concert of her new CD, “Music for Everyone Under the Sun.” Our Special Master of Ceremonies is Boink!, the star of YouTube’s “The Boink Show!” Bring a blanket or tarp to relax on the new grass and help us dedicate our new pasture shelter before letting the sheep in for the very first time. 
E – Sat 3:30-5 Dr. Travis Hoffman, U of M Extension Sheep Expert talks “Sheep Smarts” – a free chance to learn how to raise sheep for fiber & meat. Bring your questions!

D – Sun 2-4 Tori Tecken, Feathertail Fiber Arts, will spin artistic yarns on the wheel.
F – Homemade apple crisp, baked goodies, hot coffee & cider on us!

                       Win a Redwood Patio Chair or Farm Basket!