As promised, here are some links from business cards, brochures and other resources I picked up during the Fair this weekend.
Starcroft Fiber Mill (Jani & Grant Estell) — custom processing, fibers into roving, batts and yarn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Springtide Farm (Wendy Pieh) — cashmere producing goats. This yarn was astoundingly soft and beautiful, by the way, and in great colors, too.
Ridge Mist Llamas (Jane Dunstan & Shari Templeton) — llamas and felting. Email: email@example.com
The Maine Fiber Arts Center is moving to a new visitors center in Topsham, ME. Looks cool and they offer the Fiber Connections newsletter. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm (Dawn & John Brooker). I met Dawn’s friend Michelle Bye who was spinning at the fair — apparently they’ve got a nice spinning group going near Palermo, ME.
New AIM Farm Alpacas (Al Maloney & Nancy Williams). They were very helpful and answered a ton of my alpaca questions. Nancy had some gorgeous yarn for sale. Also, coming up 12-13 October, it’s the Maine Alpaca Breeders Open Farm Day (info on New Aim’s activities here).
Heron Crossing Farm (Diane Hoppe). No email, phone is (207) 549-7475. Diane has Finn and Shetland sheep. Finn sheep have a really nice coat, and she had some beautiful creations for sale, including a woven/knitted Chinese red shawl which was just gorgeous. She was drop-spindling the entire time, and she’s a Valkyrie drop spindles dealer — they were really impressive. Almost made me want to get one for traveling purposes!
Nezinscot Farm (Gregg & Gloria Varney) No email, phone is (207) 225-3231. Located one hour north of Portland, Nezinscot is a third generation dairy farm that offers CSA shares. (Community Supported Agriculture). A 1/4 share costs $100 and entitles you to $105 of farm products, a half share is $250 ($265), a full share is $375 (400). Unlike many CSA programs, you can take your share in any of the products Nezinscot produces, among them meats, milk, vegetables, cheese (their goat’s milk cheeses were excellent!), breads, preserves, yarn, knitted/woven items and herbs/plants. Tours, apprenticeships and hostel accommodations are also available.
Indigo Moon Farm fiber processing services, specializing in camelid fibers. Small runs and custom work encouraged! No additional charges for blending or custom roving and batts.
More cashmere goats at Black Locust Farm (Yvonne & Lance Taylor). Free range cashmere goats, no less.
And finally, Coastal Cashmere…mmm. They had the best postcards — featuring individual goats from their flock. Mine has Delilah on it!