Editor's Note: This mini business spotlight is sponsored by The Shady Lane Alpaca Farm.
The Shady Lane Alpaca Farm nestles itself in the hills of Richland County at 3073 Gass Rd, carrying niche alpaca goods, yarn and handmade alpaca crafts.
For five and a half years in that location, the McClintock family has opened their farm to the public so that they can have the opportunity to talk to the public and teach them about alpacas and how wonderful their fiber is to wear and craft with.
“We want to teach folks the difference between alpaca, wool, mohair and angora fiber. To learn how gentle the animals are and how they produce the fiber to make goods out of and to craft with,” said Jean McClintock, owner of Shady Lane Alpaca Farm.
Those who come to the farm can get up close and personal and hand-feed the alpacas. They can also buy unique alpaca goods at affordable prices. Their alpaca fiber can be washed in the washing machine and hung to dry for wonderful, warm and cozy wear.
The Shady Lane Alpaca Farm is open to the public daily and offers workshop classes every month including (but not limited to) blacksmithing, sourdough bread, stain glass, fiber cleaning and dyeing, needle felting, weaving and steamed buns and spring rolls.
Call (419) 560-0780 to set up a time to visit. Families can spend as long as they want feeding the alpacas and enjoying the farm store. Also, mention you saw their ad on Richland Source for a 10% discount off your total purchase at the farm store.