Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!
We are On the Road again this week (bet you would never have guessed that!) so we will have many more places, farms, chefs and stories to tell you about in the coming weeks and months. However, today, I wanted to share with you the second half of our visit to Crystal Pines Alpaca Farm in Carthage, North Carolina.
If you were reading Bunkycooks in February of this year, you may remember that we traveled to Pinehurst, North Carolina. We were asked to speak at the ANA Conference (Agritourism Networking Association) of North Carolina on a social media panel. It was then that we met this delightful couple, Joe and Ursula Picareiello. They operate Crystal Pines Alpaca Farm as their “retired” business and it is strictly an agritourism farm.
Retired is an operative word since their farming goes from sunup until sundown! That’s not most people’s idea of retirement, but they love working with the children and adults (often disabled) that come by to visit their farm and see the alpacas, purchase some of Ursula’s gorgeous plants and scoop some poop! They compost the Alpaca poop and sell it as fertilizer. It is incredibly rich and when used properly, is wonderful for your garden. Just don’t use too much. It is soo rich, it can burn your plants.
We had so much fun visiting with Joe and Ursula and seeing their beautiful farm. If you did not see Part One, you should head over to that post too. One part of their farm looks like Charlotte’s Web and they also have some gorgeous black swans (not to be confused with that disturbed ballerina in the movie).
Do you remember the Alpaca boom years ago? They told us that some Alpacas that in the past would sell for $2,000 were being sold for $800,000! Many people made a good bit of money during the run up in price, but many people lost everything when it crashed. Joe and Ursula have always done this for the love of the animals. They do sell some of the wool from the Alpacas’ coats and it makes some mighty soft and toasty warm sweaters and socks! I know…I bought some while we were there.
If you visit an Alpaca farm you should be warned that if they get a bit feisty they will spit on you (and it stinks!), so my suggestion is to keep your distance. I’m just sayin’…
I will probably not be posting anything else until Thursday this week since we will be very busy on this On the Road adventure.
Enjoy your week!