Monthly Archives: March 2015

Topsy Farms Invites you to Come to Us on Amherst Island

Why visit Amherst Island? There are lots of places to stay, to feast, to laugh, to walk or bike or sail, and there are harbours for your boat or for your soul. Topsy Farms invites you to come.

Coloured skin on white sheepskin

Coloured Lambskin on Two White Sheepskins

What To Do On Amherst Island? Come to Topsy Farms.

It is a large sheep farm with an at-home store, the Wool Shed, which offers pure wool and sheepskin products for sale.

We pay the tax on items purchased at the store, saving you not only the HST but also the extra costs of urban retail outlets. The wool is processed in a traditional manner, using only soaps, not chemicals, so people who seek true quality are pleased.

Topsy Farms invites you to come to shearing events at the farm in March and April.

Child with Topsy Hat Nuzzled by Orphan Lamb
Child with Topsy Hat Nuzzled by Orphan Lamb

Topsy Farms invites you to help nurture our orphan lambs in May and June, a fully accessible activity.

Kids carrying Wool and Knit Topsy sign

Canada Day parade, Topsy ‘float’

Tamed foster lambs interact with visitors throughout the summer, and participate in playful Island events like the Canada Day parade.

We publish the Amherst Island Beacon monthly and have done so for almost 40 years. Many Island resources and activities are listed at amherstisland.on.ca .The advertisements at the back of the Beacon include information about rental accommodation available in addition to The Lodge and Poplar Dell. For those choosing to rent housekeeping options, we sell individual lamb cuts at the Wool Shed. There are fresh food sources at the weekly market, and sometimes at Topsy. We intend to offer fresh cut bouquets this year for your table.

Red Lilies

Red Oriental Lilies in Topsy Farms’ garden

Island women’s pies are reputed to be the best you can eat, available through the Presbyterian Women at the annual Garden Party, or from the Women’s Institute on the Fridays of long weekends at the corner in the village.

Another fine source of information is the radio station CJAI 92.1FM, ‘radio in the barn’ which helps keep people informed through their live morning broadcasts, their website, and their facebook site. The Presbyterian Church maintains a calendar of events on Island, and they and the Anglican Church welcome Sunday worshipers.

Jar of Liquid Honey

750 ml jar of Topsy Farms Raw Honey

Topsy Farms is a certified Monarch Way Station. To those who care about the environment as we do, we give out free samples of seeds for nectar flowers which are supportive of honey bees. The raw natural honey at the Wool Shed is gathered by our Island chiropractor and one of our sons.

For those who care about birds, we sell nesting materials – belly wool with colourful scraps of yarn at cost. The Island abounds with wonderful land and water birds, and many folks will advise you of some of the best viewing options.

Topsy has some wonderful examples of new and traditional dry stone walls. This year September 27 – 29 there will be an Irish-Canadian Dry Stone Festival on the Island, with free music and activities for kids and adults. We are honouring our heritage by linking with Ireland, the source of many of our original settlers.

Mauve, Purple and Pink throw woven using Topsy Farms yarn

Woven Throw by Pat Frontini with Topsy yarn and mohair

The creativity doesn’t end there. Samples of creative work of our writers, our weavers, needle felters and potters are available for sale at the Wool Shed, most using materials from Topsy Farms. The Weasel and Easel is another outlet for Island creative skills, open seasonally in the village of Stella.

Music abounds. Our older son is stage manager for the Waterside Music Festival and has contributed to the Emerald Music Festival. An earlier incarnation of our Wool Shed housed our younger son’s band.

We have an Island rich in people and natural resources. Topsy Farms invites you to come to visit us and our community.

Family Outing to Topsy Farms

Come celebrate spring with a family outing to Topsy Farms. We are on Amherst Island near Kingston – take a ferry ride to arrive at a vital community and a thriving rural adventure-filled farm.

Following the rhythms of the season, our sheep were bred during the late winter. Now they need to be shorn in April for their health and the safety of their lambs.

yarn, wool and sheepskin products on display

Interior of the Wool Shed at Topsy Farms

Their fleeces contribute to the amazing range of wool products available at The Wool Shed at our farm.

For a full range of our products visit our on-line store.

We enjoy making people welcome on our farm, but we need to know when you are coming in advance. Please call or email.

 

Enjoy a family outing to Topsy Farms to watch shearing.

a hearer removing fleece from ewe

Don Metherall shearing at Topsy Farms

  • Monday & Tuesday, April 20th & 21st
  • children welcome; no pets
  • reservations in advance required: info@topsyfarms.com / 888 287-3157 see Contact Us
  • no fee

 

Then in May, the lambs are born directly on pasture – hundreds of them. Occasionally there are birthing or parenting problems, but we rescue those in peril. We have an orphan lamb program, bottle-feeding and nurturing lambs before they move to small farms to be raised.

 

 

You are invited to a family outing to Topsy Farms to visit orphan lambs

  • mid-May through early June
  • children encouraged; pets not invited
  • wear casual clothes and ensure cameras are ready
  • $10/family or carload
  • reservations in advance required: info@topsyfarms.com / 888 287-3157 see Contact Us

    A woman, lamb and child, snuggling

    Happy Family and lamb cuddle

“We just got our latest queen wool blanket and we love it.”

We just got our latest queen wool blanket and we love it.

Plaid Queen Wool Blanket

“We just got our latest queen wool blanket and we love it. (We have one of your wool throws and would like to get another matching throw.) We are also looking to purchase two or three more queen wool blankets as birthdays come around. Thank you so much!”

– Syd and Cathy, Allenford, ON, February, 2015

“Our new wool blanket was a huge hit and is permanently on our main bed as an extra cover-up for this bitterly cold winter. “

Our new wool blanket was a huge hit and is permanently on our main bed as an extra cover-up for this bitterly cold winter.

Our new wool blanket

“Our new wool blanket was a huge hit and is permanently on our main bed as an extra cover-up for this bitterly cold winter. I am really impressed by the subtle colouration of the green tweed. It makes it look very traditional and reminds me of blankets my grandmother had, making it an instant heirloom to be used and enjoyed for generations to come.
An added bonus is the washing liquid. The blanket does not need it yet but I did a number of small items — hats and wool scarves — and was delighted by how easy it is and how well it restores the original lanolin feel to the wool.
I do hope to see your place one day and you will always be in mind for “special” gifts for people.”

– Richard, Milton, ON, February, 2015

Nous vous invitons à communiquer avec nous en français à info@topsyfarms.com, ou par téléphone: 1-888-287-3157. Demandez à parler à Sally.