Last summer we were looking for an adventure, and we decided to head to Prince Edward County. We actually go a few times a year to The County, but it was our first time going to Shed Chetwyn Farms.
The farm is just outside of Wellington, and is on a beautiful road lined with other farms and wineries.
We loved that allowed private visits over the summer as we were in a form of lockdown during that time – we booked a time online, and our family was able to visit the alpacas and shop on our own.
I think if it was left up to us we could have stayed much longer than our session – my husband and son were completely enamoured with watching the alpacas. I’m shocked one of them didn’t try to shuffle an alpaca into the back of our truck to take home!
We were able to fit in one more visit that summer to see the alpacas at Shed Chetwyn Farms, and although we hoped to make it back one more time before Christmas, the lockdown encouraged us to stay home.
The farm and shop are currently closed right now, but their online shop is very much open! In the shop they have all kinds of clothing, toys, gifts and products crafted from alpaca fleece.
The studio-shop is a converted chicken coop, and the shop regularly collaborates with designers, makers and artisans to create alpaca-centric products.
I am wearing the The “Wellington Wellie” Knee Sock from the shop, and I think I’ve worn them at least a dozen times over these last few freezing weeks! I didn’t expect alpaca socks to be so soft and warm. I’ve worn them snow shoeing, skating, tobogganing and walking through the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing.
I found it surprising that they would be so warm, but at the same time they don’t make my feet sweaty at all. I adore these socks, and they are perfect with my Hunter Boots!
There are so many other things I love in the shop as well, and I want to share a few of them with you!
Prince Edward County designer Kate Golding was inspired by the alpaca’s at Chetwyn, and you can find her designs on a tea towel, wallpaper, and other fabulous products.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly product, you can purchase a set of three dryer balls made of 100% Alpaca yarn. When the fleece is sorted on the farm some is not suitable for yarn, so one of the things the farm shop makes with it are dryer balls.
You just need to toss them into the dryer where they absorb moisture and soften your laundry.
Did you know that dryer balls actually cut down on drying time by continuously separating clothes to allow for better air circulation? I didn’t know this! Instead of using dryer sheets, why not use this alternative? They last for over 100 loads of laundry!
One thing that I thought was so special in the shop are the Alpaca Plush.
They are one-of-a-kind and are meant to be heirlooms. They are suri-alpaca stuffed, and I don’t think my son could help but play with one of these adorable stuffed animals!
If you are a local to the farm you can take advantage of free curbside pick up, while if you are outside of The County like myself they will ship to your home. Shipping is free for orders $100 and up as well.
I can’t wait until they re-open the farm in the spring, but until then it’s fun to take a look at their curated selection of alpaca goods.
To take a look at what the shop at Shed Chetwyn Farms has to offer, visit their website here!
Items in this post may have been provided to me for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own.