Sippican River Farm

Rochester, Massachusetts

Welcome to Sippican River Farm

Thank you for visiting our website.

This story started over 43 years ago. Cheryl and I lived in Raynham on an old farm. One day we were given a horse that quickly expanded to two horses, then 3 horses, then 4 horses…along with assorted cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Our two daughters Hillary and Tiffany were born, and soon they had ponies of their own.
In 2001 we moved to Rochester with the horses to start over. Cheryl was from Rochester, and we thought it would be nice to be near her family. Then in 2008 we thought this property could use some other varieties of animals. We thought about goats, but then settled on alpacas. We started with a breeding package which consisted of 2 females and one male. Then added several others that came from a small town outside Buffalo, NY. Over the years we have purchased, bred and sold alpacas and we currently have a herd of 20. Of course, this meant many more pastures to seed, and fence to put up.
 Many long hours are given to make sure our alpacas have the best love and care. The alpacas are sheared once a year in May. Then the fiber is the carefully skirted (cleaned).  Some of the skirted fiber is sent to a local mill where it is processed and made into wonderful products which are all made in the USA by the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool.  The rest of the skirted fiber is washed and carded and made into batts or roving right here on the farm.  Needle felted or wet felted items such as dryer balls and felted organic soap are made from the batts. Roving is made into yarn where Cheryl, who is a knitter, makes many wonderful hats and scarves.
In a normal year, our products can be found at many farmers markets and festivals in the area. This year will be different as they are mostly canceled, and we have started to offer farm tours and treks (hikes) at the farm. In addition, all of our items are sold in our farm store. Tours, treks, and browsing the store are by appointment unless otherwise listed.
We hope to see you soon.
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