Photo by Anastasiia Usacheva.
Welcome to Farm Fiber Day at the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market, which takes place on Sunday, January 27
from 10 AM to 3 PM
in the lush greenhouses at Russell's Garden Center in Wayland.
We moved this event to Sunday, due to the
shortage of parking when we combined a market with 40 food vendors and 20+ fiber vendors.
The good news is that this gave us the
chance to invite additional fiber vendors, including farms that raise sheep
whose fiber was not represented, new indy dyers and a bit more weaving
There will still be plenty of food to enjoy while you shop. Scroll down to the bottom of the
email to see the complete list of vendors.
We will have a map of the fiber vendors locations,
you will be able to find them all.
*** Please note, the regular Wayland Winter Farmers Market will take place as usual on Saturday, January 26 with 48 vendors. If you are a subscriber to this email, you will receive another email later this
week with all of the details about Saturday's Market.
In seeking new sheep breeds to be represented at Farm Fiber Day we met
shepherds and shepherdesses at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival that spoke passionately about the ones they raise.
Marie Minnich from Marushka Farms (Danville, PA) talked
It's a program that will reward fiber artists for working with wool
from breeds on our Conservation Priority List while connecting shepherds of heritage breeds with customers.
The Livestock Conservancy has long said that the way to save endangered breeds of livestock is to give them a job. In the case of wool sheep, we need to start using their wool again. Because of marketing challenges, some shepherds discard or compost the wool after their annual shearing rather than cleaning it and selling it. In addition to encouraging fiber artists to try using rare wools, the program will also educate shepherds about how to prepare their wool for sale and how to reach customers and fiber artists, thereby making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds.
Prado de Lana Sheep Farm
(translation Wool Meadow) from Dublin,
Lincoln Longwool and CVM Romeldale sheep. They are bringing three wooly family members to Wayland.
Come meet Leona, Cameron and Hazel!
"I think at one point in our lives, we have all dreamed of living on a farm and owning our own animals. There's nothing quite like being surrounded by the sights and sounds of a busy farm," says Amanda Barcenas. "Well now, we can make that dream come true for you!
The "Follow My Fleece" project allows you to become a virtual shepherd or shepherdess (VS) from the comfort of your own home! Learn more about this project on our Patreon page or
stop by our sheep booth to hear more about it!
Tidal Yarns naturally dyed yarns are made by Patricia Fortinsky
in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Alice Field from
Foxhill Farm in Lee is someone who never wants attention for her tireless work of raising high quality Cormo sheep and the subsequent interest in the the breed over the past decades. Last October, not only did she receive recognition for the Champion White Fleece in the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival's Fleece Show, she was named
Supreme Champion of all fleece producers. Sue Warden proudly displayed the winner's ribbon at Foxhill Farm's booth.
Introducing our new Needle Gauge/Stitch Gauge made for
in Rhode Island. This tool can be purchased at
the "Plant Shop" register area on the lower level at Russell's.
Nicole Clark from
'm doing a series
of knitting buckets made from hand dyed cotton cord, natural
cotton cord, and organic hemp rope for Farm Fiber Day.
My design philosophy is simple - it's rooted in a desire to fuse the practical with the artistic. I seek to create vessels that are unique, beautiful, and can stand up to the needs of everyday life."
Gail Callahan, AKA
The Kangaroo Dyer
makes colorful yarn and
silk scarves and created The Color Grid.
|Gail Callahan, The Kangaroo Dyer, Demonstrates How to Use
The Color Grid
Favour Valley Woodworking is a small shop in Henniker, New Hampshire creating practical, hand made wood and antler buttons.
In addition to buttons, they will have shawl pins, scarf buckles,
hair clips, key chains, earrings and diz carders.
met Kim Goodling (left) and her family who raise Gotland sheep and run
Vermont Farmstay Vacations
in Washington, Vermont. Kim created the felted vest in the photo and will have Gotland wool roving and yarn, handwoven and handfelted items and Vermont Maple syrup.
Vermont Grand View Farm Gotland yarn.
One of the six hats from
Subito Farm's Albers Hat Collection,
which was a sellout at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival.
Look for yarn, patterns felted earrings, felted pillows, knitted
hats fingerless gloves, mittens, catnip mice and dryer balls.
Windy Hill Farm is located in Lakeville. Carol and Richard Tripp create homegrown, hand-dyed, hands-on wool and blended yarn, handwoven items, hand knits and roving for spinning and felting
Windy Hill handwoven.
Winterberry Farm bunnies delight all ages. Jill Horton-Lyons reports that she will have "wool in all forms" including yarn and hand-spun,
mohair, Angora, spindles, scarves, boot slippers and cat toys.
"My name is Kera, and I created
Campfire Knits because I'm
absolutely obsessed with knitting and I wanted to expand my
to dyeing yarn and doing some pattern design."
"All yarns are hand-dyed by me in small batches in my smoke-free/
pet-free home in New England. I use colorfast dyes and rinse thoroughly with a gentle wool wash."
Our thanks to Russell's staff member, Beverly Mason for
creating a fiber sculpture to help us promote Farm Fiber Day.
"We've got some hot off the loom, handwoven scarves to debut this week!," says
North Brook Farm's Laura Busky. "Some of them are
100% alpaca, others have some minor blends with cashmere or bamboo. We've also restocked shawls, hats, gloves and socks in anticipation of Farm Fiber Day!"
Kim Gregory/Pure Pastry
will bring a dazzling array of creative
and delicious pastries, with many gluten free options.
Woollies of Shirkshire Farm
produce natural roving
(white, silver, brown) plant or plant-extract dyed roving.
Do you have a quilt that you started ages ago, but haven't had the
time to complete?
Dragonfly Longarm Quilting Services can help
you with that. Margo can also create a custom quilt for you.
Lisa Dachinger Wools, Inc
. is debuting a new River Valley Farm Yarn.
"This Is Our Bulky VSF4 (Very Special Fibers From Friends and Family)
River Valley Farm Yarns bulkiest bulky yet. VSF4 is a 4 strand,
single ply yarn.
Knit 3 stitches per inch, 11 US needles.
200 yards per skein, 6 oz.
Puffy, squishy and silky, VSF4 knits up quickly into super warm afghans, sweaters, hats and mittens. If you've been thinking of a knit-then-felt project look no further, you have found your yarn. Available in 8 Woodland themed colors and Natural Gray.
"My extended family owns a farm in Maine. The wool in my products
come from my sheep, says
Englishman Bay Trading Company's Alicia Monks. "I make sheep ornaments, dryer balls and wool rocks. I work with local artist to create the blankets, scarves and hats."
A Hundred Ravens will bring an assortment of our superwash yarns
in various weights and fibers, but primarily Merino wool," says
Kel Bachus. "We will also have project bags,
markers, and knitting and crochet patterns."
Lunch options include
Mandy's Wicked Good Chowdah,
The Herb Lyceum
and The Dining Car.
is an art of weaving by hand that is dedicated to
free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude," said Mihoko Wakabayashi of SAORI Worcester.
"We will have scarves, shawls, pouches, key chain handles, dish scrubby, vests, tunics, hats, jackets, t-shirts and sweatshirts."
Rag Hill Farm: handspun yarn, dyed locks, art batts, quilted
and chicken shaped potholders, needle felting kits, wool hats,
fabric fridge magnets ad quilts.
|Audrey Lin visited the Market on Opening Day with a mat.
Audrey Lin. Audrey transforms plastic grocery bags into crocheted sleeping mats for young adults experiencing homelessness.
January 30 from 5:30 to 7:30, she will
have another mat making workshop at the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
Audrey will join us to tell you about her love of
fiber arts and the environment to help members of the Boston community.
Please bring all your single use plastic grocery bags to
to her project!
Ellen Raja from Raja Farm arranging her thrummed mittens.
Don't miss her unique knitted hats using longwool.
With so many vendors to visit, you might want to take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee from Karma Coffee Roasters or ask Tatiana from
Soluna Garden Farm
to brew you a cup of tea of your choice.
Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint or drop spindle and
join your friends in the 3rd Floor Fiber Lounge from 10 to 3.
If you are unable to find seating to enjoy your food and
beverages, please feel free to use this space, too.
Exotic fiber from Fitzwilliam Fiber Farms.
The farms are raising
Teeswater and Cotswold sheep.
Ken Abert of
Our thanks to The Dining Car, who will be making their first Wayland
appearance, helping to assure us that no one will leave the Market hungry. "
Our sandwiches are made on great breads, and our focaccia is baked right on the truck.. Our ever-changing menu features meats and seasonal produce that represent our local agricultural community, with selections inspired by cuisines from all over the world."
Dirty Water DyeWorks
will have a selection of hand dyed yarn,
select knitting kits and patterns, gradient and multi-colored yarn bundles.
Stop by to see their new samples.
In addition to her delicious Vermont-made West River Creamery cheese, Jane Parant will have
pickled beets, pickled cauliflower, pickled eggs, pickled carrots
and gourmet mustard.
Natural and dyed alpaca products are available from
Artisan Yarns from Hampden Hills Alpacas.
Louise Walsh from Evergreen Farm will bring her Angora rabbits,
wool for spinning, hands-on Angora yarn, felted, knit and
handwoven ready to wear items.
Great Harvest Bread
mixed berry scones. Breads include:
Apple Pie, Bruschetta Twist, Dakota,
Honey Whole Wheat or
Cinnamon Chip Swirl. Warm samples are available.
Greenwood Hill Farm
will have patterns, kits, wool wax cream, unicorn fiber products, knitting needles, top,
and wool dryer balls,
as their beautiful natural colored Merino yarns by the skein.
Kelly Corbett will bring her
Romney Ridge Yarns Farm Blend yarn.
"I have lots of colors to choose from all locally sourced hand
dyed wools with a tiny touch of mohair in the mix."
Soup, quiche, wraps, sausage rolls, sides and grilled cheese
sandwiches are on the menu at
The Herb Lyceum.
Friends in Fiber.
Don't miss the mohair socks, yarn, apparels and throws from
Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm, which located is in Colrain.
The knowledgable women from the
Worcester County Sheep
Producers can tell you about the
Baaay State Blanket,
made from 100% wool grown in
Stuck inside in the cold? Now is good time to stock up on beef, lamb, chicken, duck, pork and prepared foods from
Lilac Hedge Farm
Mill River Winery is located in Rowley. Pretend that you are
spending time at the beach when you taste their Plum Island wine.
Good Karma Farm
participated in the Slater Mill Knitting weekend
on Saturday. Thank you to the Providence Journal for
documenting their history and sock making skills with this video:
Maude lives at Whispering Pines Farm.
Whispering Pines Farm is a small farm in the hills of Western Massachusetts with sheep, chickens and cats run by Carole Adams. In addition to dyed wool and yarn, you will find drop spindle kits,
rug hooking kits wool dryer balls and more.
C & C Lobsters & Fish offers a variety of very fresh seafood.
They suggest that you pre-order in order to ensure availability.
If you can't make it to the market, they are able to arrange
home delivery. Email:
Valicenti Pasta Farm
makes unique pasta, ravioli and sauce flavors using the ingredients that they grow at their Hollis, New Hampshire farm and from local sources.
There is good news for those who can't make it to the Market early.
Pre-order for delivery, and your pasta will be available until 2 PM.
like to pick up at the Wayland Farmers' Market.
New England Cheese Day
Farm Wineries Day
Farm Fiber Day #2
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