It is well known that the Mayor of Hopatcong is a big fan of the Hopatcong Farmers Market, which is where she first meet the Humming Meadows Alpacas.
In our visit to Humming Meadows Alpacas for National Alpaca Farm Days, it was hard to tell who was having more fun… The visitors, or the animals that put on a great show!
This farm fair had a lot to offer as you can learn about the animals, or learn about the process that it takes to turn the Alpaca hair into the multiple things that are for sale at the farm. This is where you’d want to bring the kids to get an experience of the real farm life.
On Saturday our news team had an exclusive tour of the farm at Humming Meadows Alpacas - National Alpaca Farm Days. As we interviewed the different Alpaca’s along the way, they indicated that they were expecting over 400 people, many coming all the way from New York. But the major thing on their minds was if the mayor would attend, and when she was coming. Several of them had undergone special grooming for the big event.
Farm Days 2016
More about Humming Meadows Alpacas farm:
Humming Meadows Alpacas is a family owned alpaca farm in Sussex County, New Jersey, nestled in 27 acres of beautiful woods and fields. Sitting on our swing and enjoying the playful antics of our alpacas is what makes this life great for us.
According to the owners Denise Spina & Mitchell Sparrow:
“We started our alpaca journey with two alpaca pets, these two males soon grew to three and as our herd grew so did our love for these peaceful creatures. As a dog trainer, I found it fascinating how quickly our alpacas learned to perform tricks, one of my geldings even learned agility tricks. It was after losing this gelding that we realized how much we wanted to have alpacas become a larger part of our life, and so began our adventure in farming.”
“We have cleared 20+ acres of our land and created beautiful rolling pastures with hills for our males to romp on as well as quiet spots for our females to nurture and raise their crias. We have also made our farm home to two pygmy goats, Phoebe and Mathilda whose playful antics keep us amused for hours, a pig named Delilah and a donkey named Luigi.”
“Several years ago we added chickens to our farm community from which we are now reaping the benefits of a constant supply of delicious eggs! Our hope is to increase awareness of the beauty of alpaca products while improving the fiber in our herd. We welcome guests to share our swing and enjoy our alpacas and every summer you can expect to see several new cria walking about. All of the animals on our farm are cared for with love, honor, and respect.”
More about Alpacas:
Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years. They are one of Mother Nature's favorite farm animals. They are sensitive to their environment in every respect. The following physical attributes allow alpacas to maintain their harmony with our Mother Earth, Pachamama.
The alpaca's feet are padded and they leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged as it browses on native grasses. The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. It converts grass and hay into energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals. Its camelid ancestry allows the alpaca to thrive without consuming very much water, although an abundant, fresh water supply is necessary.
The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees, preferring tender grasses, which it does not pull up by the roots. South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners find the alpaca's rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables. A herd of alpacas consolidates its feces in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites, and making it easy to collect and compost for fertilizer. An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for its owner's comfort. This is the alpaca's way of contributing to community energy conservation efforts.
If for some reason you were not able to make it this event on Saturday or Sunday, you can catch the Humming Meadows Alpacas at the Hopatcong Farmers Market on Sundays, starting again on October 2, 2016.