Llamas, Alpacas, and JAKE! OH MY!… Walla Walla’s Wheatland Alpacas
Last weekend, Jill and I attended WW’s Wheatland Alpacas Open Farm Days which is held on the last full weekend in September, every year. Our friends, Jan and Cecilia, are hands-on owners that are involved in all aspects of running their farm and caring for their animals.
When we drove into the farm, we were greeted with a big smile from Jan’s father and directed to the best-ever parking spot. Jan and Cecilia are continuously developing their farm and this year added a Farm Store for Alpaca products in one of their barns.
Jill and I walked up to the Alpaca Farm Store where Jan greeted us and gave me a big hug. I’m thinking that the greeting and especially the big hug are the greatest part about life in the Valley of the Two Wallas. It is great that we can live in this Valley, follow our passions and individually know and support others that are following their passions.
Jill and I wandered off to look at the Llamas, Alpacas and Pygmy Goats. Cecilia was out among the pens and animals answering questions and telling us about the Crias (baby Alpacas) and pointing out the mother and father of each one.
I spotted “my buddy” Jake, a Pygmy Goat, stud. He and a black male Llama were off in a pasture by themselves. Jake is black and white and since he is a Pygmy is rather short…he isn’t even “knee-high” to a llama. The pastures and pens were configured differently for the 2009 Open Farm Days and last year Jake was right where he could have his head scratched and his ears rubbed. He has these big curly horns and was the father of all of the little goats last year. He seemed to have a little bit of an attitude and swagger…
Jan and Cecilia have a passion for llamas and alpacas and have several animals that they “have rescued” when their previous owners could no longer take care of them. Their passion is further evident through how intimately they observe and know each animal and their individual personalities and characteristics and they are happy to share their observations with you.
Unfortunately you have already missed the 2010 Open Farm Days (and Jan’s Mom’s famous oatmeal cookies) but you are in luck because the Farm Store will be open for the Holidays. The Store will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm from Thanksgiving Weekend through December 19th. The best thing is that you have to walk right by one of the pastures to get to the Store and you should be able to see some of the animals.
When you go to the Farm and the Store, you should mention my buddy, Jake. It won’t get you a discount or anything but it will probably get you a big laugh and maybe a chance to see him…
The Farm Store has a wide variety of products including rugs, sweaters, vests, gloves, socks and more. Be sure to check out the finger puppets, knit out of Alpaca fleece yarn. They are my favorite and at only two dollars each you should get one for each of your friends or one for each of your fingers (which ever is the greatest number…that is more than ten).