AAVA Goes to My Manakin Market

  It was a fantastic day at the farmers market! Andersons Alpacas made its first appearance at My Manakin Market inGoochland,Virginia, yesterday! We met old friends, made new friends, and even found that we were related to a pair of folks that we met for the first time yesterday!

We brought two young, two year-old maidens to the market: Clementinee and Holly*. Clementinee is a beautiful, dark brown huacaya with crimpy fleece and a fine micron count. Holly is a beautiful, white huacaya girl, though some would think her to be golden in color (see photos). Many white alpacas will pick up the color of the local dirt as dust is kicked up and settles on the exterior of their fleece. Don’t worry! It comes off when the fleece is washed 🙂

People had a great time meeting and feeding our friendly girls. They also enjoyed learning more about animals which are relatively rare inNorth America. One market visitor who grew up inPeru said of alpacas, “They are a national treasure.”

We met so many nice folks who loved the animals as well as the products made from alpaca fleece. The hats and socks and gloves and mittens are a favorite among most. After all, Alpaca fleece is seven-times warmer than wool and hypo-allergenic. Alpaca fleece is absent of lanolin, therefore, folks who are allergic to wool can wear alpaca.

The market is a lovely smattering of vendors “dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system in Central Virginia, and to educating people about the connections between sustainable agriculture and the health of the region and its people. “ There are farmers, bakers, jewelry makers, crafters, educators, and of course, Alpacas! Do come and see us at the market!

Location:68 Broad StreetRoad,Manakin-Sabot,VA23103

Saturdays, May through October 8:00 am until 12:00 NOON


* Holly, the alpaca, belongs to our friends, the Deardons. We cooperatively husband our alpacas with Lisa and James. It is a wonderful arrangement that I would recommend to anyone. Deardon’s animals are for sale as well. If anyone might be interested in Holly, another breeding female, or a fiber male, drop me an email and I will be sure that Lisa receives the inquiry.


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