The Abbey Alpacas

Artists, Woman-Owned/Co-owned

Availability

Indoor Winter Market, Saturday Market

Dates Available

November 16, 2019

December 14, 2019

January 18, 2020

February 15, 2020

March 21, 2020

April 18, 2020

Products

Alpaca Wool Products

About

At the age of 55, Ruth decided to leave the city life and build an alpaca farm. She has never looked back. Nestled behind fields and away from highway 71 in Hutchinson, MN, you’ll find Ruth Kinkade’s alpaca farm, The Abbey Alpaca. Ruth and her farm manager Todd Fries currently manage a herd of 13 Huacaya alpaca, 4 “brothers” and 9 “sisters,” which they raise for their fine wool. Each animal produces about 10 pounds of wool per year, which Ruth has processed at local mills around the state and to one in North Dakota.

The Abbey yarn 2019

When it comes back, spun into different weights of yarn, Ruth dyes it and spends her days knitting socks, baby booties, mittens, scarves from the highest quality wool. She also makes felted boot liners and dryer balls from the less desirable wool, sheered from the legs or neck of the animals. Ruth and Todd sell all of these products, plus yarn, blankets and rugs which are processed off the farm, at the Mill City Farmers Market and a few other regional craft shows.

The Abbey booties 2019

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