Sheep Farm & Fiber Tour. We only had time to visit two farms, so we headed to the two closest sites. First up was Barn Quilt Farm, which has lovely barn quilts on each of its buildings. This one was my favorite - with maple leaves which honored the owner's Canadian roots.
Barn Quilt Farm is unusual because it is a 10.5 acre farm completely within the heart of the city of Rochester. Developments sprouted up around it, but it has continuously operated as a farm so farming has been grandfathered in.
Romeldale CVM (California Variegated Mutant) sheep, an extremely rare breed with wool that is excellent for hand spinners. I just loved these stocky, wooly, badger-faced sheep.
We had so much fun meeting this family and exploring their beautiful farm!
Ellison Sheep Farm in Zumbrota. Nancy Ellison is sort of a legend among regional textile artists. The farm is very old and she has installed a tiny fiber arts gallery in the barn silo - this is the view looking up inside the silo.
Bee-lighted, which sells textile art supplies and sells the work of local textile artists. I succumbed to buying this cute felted hat, garnished with vintage trims, made by an artist in Chatfield. Something tells me this hat will be my signature look this winter.
It was so much fun visiting these farms with Virginia. Now I have a rekindled yen to acquire some sheep...or goats...or maybe an alpaca...and learn to spin and dye and felt and knit!