Matheson farmer manufactures woolen goods using alpacas
Knitting woolen hats and mitts for sale at her alpaca farm in Matheson may be a far cry from her former life as an aircraft maintenance planner in the British Isles and Gabon, Africa, but Jo-Anne Burton wouldn’t change a thing.
“We had no idea about how to do any of it, and people said we wouldn’t be able to do it, but we did,” says Burton, who sells alpaca-wool products through Dream Acres Alpacas, co-owned with her husband, Gary.
End to fruitful year for downtown farmers' market...
TIMMINS - There was a bountiful harvest of increased business at the farmers’ market downtown in 2013.
And organizers from the Downtown Timmins Business Improvement Association (BIA) could not be happier.
“This was a wonderful year, we had a great farmers market each and every week,” said BIA executive director Noella Rinaldo. “We’ve expanded the number of farmers that come out and take part, we’ve got more and more people coming out and all around, 2013 was a great year.”
The draw for the market and appetite for locally sourced food in the city has increased. Rinaldo hopes the downtown market cankeep up with the demand.
By far the best!
We had a great season at the Urban Park Market this year! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers. We look forward to next season, but in the meantime, we have the winter to look forward to and stay cozy!
- Jo-Anne & Gary Burton
Currently on the farm...
While the alpacas are busy growing their fleeces, we are preparing for the busy season knitting, crocheting and weaving new creations. The fleece from this year has gone out to the various mills to be turned in to wonderful yarns, mitts, socks...
For 3rd Year In a Row!
We attended the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto again this year! We were invited back and had a blast proudly representing northern Ontario at this fantastic show for 2015!
We were one of the chosen booths for Princess Sophie to visit. It was quite an honour!