Don't Miss the 25th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour this Weekend!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is a favorite weekend of mine coming up.....the birthday of my firstborn (a treasure then, and a treasure now as she awaits her firstborn) and the 25th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour.  Ok, so two wildly different sources of joy for me....what can I say?  Our new grandbabe won't be arriving for some time yet, but there will be no shortage of babies on the farms you can visit this weekend. I'm going to have to miss the tour this year but I highly recommend you don't.  It's such a wonderful way to spend part or all of your weekend - surrounded by beautiful scenery, welcoming farm owners and all the farm animals your heart can stand.

We've attended the Fiber Tour each of the past three years and still haven't gotten to every farm on the tour.  A couple of our favorite farms aren't on this year's tour but there are still 12 stops along the tour in Washington County, including a the Battenkill Spinning and Carding Mill where you can see what happens to the fiber once it's sheared from the animals on these fiber farms.  That fiber can come from a variety of sources - sheep, goats, rabbits, llamas and alpacas, all of which will be waiting to greet you on the tour.  You can read all about the farms on the tour, download a copy of the tour brochure and plan your weekend using the links at the end of this post. You can also read my blog posts about the 2015 and 2016 fiber tours, so I'll save space in today's post by sharing only photos from our tour experiences.
Whether it's on Fiber Tour or a Saturday Evening for dinner or Sunday lunch, one of my favorite stops on tour is Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville, NY.  Jody & Luisa Sommers have combined their talents on this breathtaking farm where they raise sheep for sheep's milk cheese, create authentic Italian cuisine every weekend in a romantic barn, and serve up some of the the warmest hospitality you'll find.  Your visit will be informative and fun and filling.


Another of my favorites stops on tour is always St. Mary's of Cashmere Convent!  At St. Mary's, Anglican/Episcopalian Sisters along with the Cashmere 4-H club raise prize-winning cashmere goats.
Set on a gorgeous piece of acreage in Cambridge, a visit to St. Mary's-on-the Hill is always a highlight of our Fiber Tour.

Another fun stop is Alpacas of Haven Hill, which we visited on our first fiber tour.  

And there's Quarry Ridge Alpacas.....

Whether you're interested in angora rabbits, beautiful ewe, fluffy alpaca, charming goats, beautiful yarn or just a few hours in the beautiful Washington County countryside, Fiber Tour (Saturday & Sunday, April 29th & 30th) has something for everyone.

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to tour so many of the farms that make agriculture the number one industry in Washington County.  Young or old, you're guaranteed to enjoy this experience.  For more information, including the official Tour website and a brochure and map of the weekend's locations and activities, use these link:

Thanks for reading!  Come back soon to Life As I See It where you never know where you'll find me!

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