The last stop on my midwest farm tour was Sue Groeschl’s alpaca farm just outside of Hayward, Wisconsin. Despite the rain, the farm was bustling, primarily due to all the new cria that had just been born. Counting these new arrivals, Joyful Journey had about 50 alpaca when I visited.
Sue’s herd full Peruvian, and many of her alpacas are descended from a line developed by the Accoyo family. Known for their dense, crimpy, and abundant white fleece, they also have the advantage of bigger bones, which keep them from breaking those gangly legs on rough terrain.
On this rainy August morning, the cria were trying out these legs on the soggy field.
The moms were never far away, though, and the boys were looking on from over the fence.
- What fiber does Joyful Journey produce? Pure Peruvian alpaca.
- What products does Joyful Journey sell? Huacaya alpaca yarn (natural and dyed), alpaca.
- Where can I buy these products? From the farm directly, at several shops in Hayward, WI, and at Yarn Harbor in Duluth, MN. If you don’t have plans to be in the area anytime soon, check out the farm’s website.