“We Sell Warm!”
Our very fitting vendor feature this week comes to us at just the right time. As temperatures begin to dip to more seasonal lows, shoppers looking for unique, warm products need not look further. Alpaca Valley Farm owners Darryl and Connie Wilson warmly invite you to their current booth at the Thunder Bay Country Market, where they anticipate they will be most Saturday mornings until at least to the end of February.
Husband and wife team Darryl and Connie loved the idea of the many quaint, country-like shops they’d seen in their past travels. It was through their love of these unique shops that they decided to start their own country store. They began Alpaca Valley Farm in November 2013, appropriately situated on a piece of property in scenic Slate River Valley, a lovely drive to the southwest of Thunder Bay.
The drive out to Alpaca Valley Farm is only the beginning of a truly pleasant shopping experience. Those who come out to the store also have the chance to meet “the boys”. Darryl and Connie are the proud owners of 4 male alpacas, whom visitors have the chance to meet in person at the farm itself. Each has their own personality, and it’s through the alpacas that Darryl and Connie’s storefront has become such a unique experience. Most of the items sold at both their store and booth at the market are their own alpaca products. Mittens, gloves, and scarves will keep interested shoppers extra warm, while stylish sweaters and shawls are also available. They even offer duvets, yarn and raw fibre, also made of their alpaca’s fleece, who on average produce up to 8 pounds per year! The fleece is then sent off to the manufacturers to be converted into unique clothing and wearable items available in their store, particularly useful for those winter months. A few of their alpaca products even come from as far as Peru! Their store also offers a host of other locally-made products such as honey, hand-made jewellery, cards from a local photographer, maple syrup and Canadian apple cider vinegar.
In the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas, Alpaca Valley Farm opens up their storefront Fridays and Saturdays. However, throughout the remainder of the year, they are open by appointment only. Of
course, you can also find them right here at the market during this winter, Saturdays 8am to 1pm. As Connie pointed out, “Most alpaca products are for cold weather, so much later (than February) and there may not be much of a draw.” So far this year, Darryl and Connie have had a great experience in showcasing their products at the market, and we welcome them here for the remainder of their stay.
Warmer weather may no be upon us for awhile, but in the meantime, Alpaca Valley Farm is here to help!