Our Etsy Shop is live now! You can visit it at etsy.com/shop/SolHomesteadLLC
We still plan to hold monthly open farm days during the summer and fall, so people local to us can visit the alpacas, but the shop allows us to showcase our goods during the off-season and to those who live far away.
Our big ticket item is yarn. Currently, on Etsy we are selling 250 yd skeins for $50. They are 100% alpaca and 2-ply, worsted weight. Our prices did go up this year, reflecting the huge rise in the cost of hay and that the skeins are longer than they were last year.
Also in the shop, we have a variety of greeting cards, including friendship cards and Mother’s Day cards. My favorite are the bee notecards, which feature four images of bees—a honey bee and three native bees. The bee cards can be purchased individually or as a set of four. They are postcard shaped but come with envelopes.
Coming soon: dryer balls and smoker fuel bundles for beekeepers.
We have many plans for the coming year and hope to be able to offer a variety of new items alongside 2023’s batch of yarn. I am hoping to harvest propolis from the bees to make some skincare products, dry flowers to make bookmarks and ornaments, blend some chamomile tea, and to sell honey locally.
For now, I am doing research, making plans, and hoping that the garden provides, remembering that so much depends on the weather. Thanks for stopping by. -Kasey