If it was not for teething right now, I am more than sure that they would be sleeping through the night. I seriously cannot believe the difference and I am so grateful that I can now get sleep myself. What a change! Well worth the money, and my only regret is not trying this sooner!
The honey is delicious, and I have not tried the yarn yet but hope to very soon.”
Shannon sounded very desperate when she phoned Topsy Farms with questions. Exhaustion will cause that. A little while after receiving two medical trimmed sheepskins, she wrote the above message.
Shannon, Ontario, March, 2016. Get your very own sheepskins here!
It was a day to remember! I will be telling all my friends about Topsy Farms as a fabulous grandchild destination!”
“Meredith, Megan, Jack and I want to thank you so much for your wonderful sharing of time and knowledge this morning. The girls were so thrilled with the experience and will remember this day forever I am sure. Megan…the younger one could not stop talking about it and Meredith a typical ‘cool’ teenager thought it was the best thing ever! We were thoroughly charmed by your beautiful spot on Amherst island and particularly your welcoming way…
We lunched on the rocks at the bird sanctuary and then befriended the bulls in the nearby field.
It was a day to remember! I will be telling all my friends about Topsy Farm as a fabulous grandchild destination!”
– Veronica, Picton, June, 2015
Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful slice of land on Amherst Island. It was wonderful, inspiring and enriching.
Also, thank you for being so genuinely open, kind and intuitive with our four small children. I’m thinking back of you sitting with them on the lawn answering the many questions that popped into their curious minds. This was definitely a most memorable family field trip.
We are cuddling up with our gorgeous new wool blanket and feeling so grateful.
The three year old would like me to tell you “meg wich”!
Thank you for doing what you do and sharing your passion…”
– Chantal, Ottawa, May, 2015
“I just received my three wool blanket order and am very pleased with the quality and prompt delivery.
Thank you very much!”
– Mary, Nanaimo, BC, March, 2015
“I believe that any animal product I use must come from an animal that is treated with respect and honor and your farm is exemplary! “
“I believe that any animal product I use must come from an animal that is treated with respect and honor and your farm is exemplary! Your communication is personal I feel like I am talking to my neighbor just down a province or two. Your farm is truly a Canadian gem!
Cheers look forward to receiving the products of your passion and would love to help out with a review.”
– Barb, Alberta, April, 2015
“The wool blankets and throws are perfect for our needs – warm, soft, cosy and very well-liked by all.”
“Wool Wow. I just want to say thank you, Sally & Ian for having such wonderful products from the farm. The wool blankets and throws are perfect for our needs: warm, soft, cosy and very well-liked by all. We will enjoy them for a long, long time!
– Bill, Sherwood Park, Alberta, February, 2015
“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. 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
“I look forward to receiving the sheepskin mitts as they are the only thing that keeps my hands warm.”
“I look forward to receiving the sheepskin mitts as they are the only thing that keeps my hands warm. Unfortunately my last pair were eaten by a dog we were dog sitting so I appreciate the reduction in mailing costs. Hopefully we can make it to the island again this summer … If we do we will most definitely come visit your farm.”
– Ruthann, Kitchener, ON, February, 2015
“I was delighted by Topsy Farms yarn! I knit three hats and a head-band for Christmas gifts and I made this one for myself out of the leftover wool. Knitting is only a winter activity for me, but I’m looking forward to getting more of your Topsy Farms yarn when the knitting bug strikes again in the fall!”
– Claire, London, ON, February, 2015
“I just cooked our first leg of lamb from Topsy Farms. It was absolutely perfect -a tender and delicious texture. You guys really know what you’re doing.
Sally – I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe (mostly, I rarely follow recipe perfectly). My English-Canadian in-laws are 2.5 days home from a month in China and were absolutely delighted by it. It was more than big enough for 5, so now I’m sitting down to find a leftover lamb stew recipe. I’m one happy Mama when I get 2 meals out of one cooking event! ”
Alysha Dominico, Tangible Words, Bancroft, ON, December, 2014
“Picked up the Canadian wool blankets at the post office about an hour ago, they are, well what can I say – Fabulous!”
“Picked up the Canadian wool blankets at the post office about an hour ago, they are, well what can I say: Fabulous! I went out on a limb by ordering from so far away, but absolutely no regrets.
My wife was worried that they would itch, I do not know if I will get to use them – she loves them already! They appear to be extremely well made, and I could not be happier. I am sure they will keep us warm during the cold Alberta winter nights.
The service from Topsy Farms is wonderful.”
(Then Bill placed an order for 4 more Canadian wool blankets and 2 throws.)
– Bill, Alberta, January, 2015
“I’m just about to fall in to bed but couldn’t without letting you know I got the mukluks and they are just wonderful! They are so comfy and warm and I love the colour combo. Knowing that the mukluks were made by hand with local wool makes them even more beautiful. I’ve never had slippers that I loved wearing barefoot so much! I normally wear socks within my slippers but this is bliss. Thank you so much.”
– Tara, Gananoque, ON, January, 2015
“It is so obvious that you are working with a yarn product that is really natural–you can see it, you can smell it, you can feel it”
“It is so obvious that you are working with a yarn product that is really natural–you can see it, you can smell it, you can feel it, sometimes you even find the odd bit of barn in there! Since we try to support local it’s nice to be able to use yarn made close to home–there is very little that is local in yarn stores and they are typically much more heavily processed. My dad is an islander and the island is a very special place for me, so using this yarn really imbues the knitting process with meaning. Now I just have to cross my fingers that these don’t get thrown in the dryer by mistake and get all felted up!”
– Jenna, Kingston, January, 2015
“My Canadian wool blanket came today, opened it up and wow! I have it on the couch now, it’s amazing how big it is and how good it looks! Can’t wait to show my girlfriend. My mum wants a blanket as well now…”
– Glenn, Kelowna, BC, January, 2015
“We love our new natural wool throw! Our intention is to purchase three queen wool blankets for our kids in the future. Many thanks for the container of wool wash too!”
– Syd and Cathy, Allenford, ON, January, 2015
“Here is a picture of one of your sheepskins (which I love) that made it all the way to Colorado with me. My partner loves how the sheepskin keeps his feet warm when changing in the morning.”
– Tracey, Colorado, January 2015
“Yesterday I grilled a leg of lamb, deboned, on my Webber charcoal bbq. I pulled it showing 155 degrees internal, and stood it for 20 mins or so. The rare piece was wrapped and skewered inside the butterfly underneath it.
Marinaded 8 hrs with olive oil, garlic, dried oregano, fresh rosemary, fresh ground pepper and coarse sea salt. Grilled off-heat at about 425 deg maybe an hour and a half.
When I sliced it, it looked like something out of a foody magazine. Now, in all honesty, I’m pretty good on this grill, however, all credit has to go to your lamb- the most exquisite meat I have truly ever tasted. My son cut his with his fork. My English ma was speechless (that in itself says a lot). I could not believe how good this was, and what a treat it was to prepare and cook something so delicious at Christmas.
I look forward to many other dishes with your amazing lamb.”
– Paul, Kingston, ON, December, 2014
“Just wanted to let you know that the correct size sheepskin mittens arrived in today’s post along with the shipping refund of $12. The mittens are perfect.
Thank you for the prompt turnaround service and appreciate your refunding the original shipping charge. I will be happy to recommend you to others looking for a similar item.”
– Janet, ON, December, 2014
“This year, I took my synthetic down comforter out of the closet to put on my bed for winter and noticed a terrible smell coming from it. My comforter was off-gassing STILL after almost 10 years of use. I decided it was time to look for a natural alternative. I had read about wool and knew that it is naturally flame retardant and that it keeps your body comfortable throughout the night and does not overheat you. I searched for weeks to find an online store to purchase a natural wool blanket from that would be free of chemicals and dyes. I finally found the website for Topsy Farms, located in Ontario, Canada! When I called to ask about their blankets, the owners could not have been more pleasant and helpful. I ordered 2 queen sized natural wool blankets and much to my surprise, they were at my door within days of placing the order. The blankets are gorgeous! I ordered natural tweed and natural with a gray stripe. My son took the tweed blanket and has been sleeping much more comfortably with it on his bed. My husband and I have the natural blanket and can feel the difference wool makes—no more sweating at night.
I don’t always take the time to endorse the people and products that I enjoy, but I feel it is important to support the people at Topsy Farms. They are hard-working, honest people who deliver a beautiful natural wool blanket without the chemicals. I would highly recommend their natural wool blankets for a wonderful night’s sleep!”
– Jan, Chicago, U.S.A., December, 2014
“I bought a black and gray cloche and am LOVING it and wanted to let you know that I have received multiple compliments on it (5 and counting) in the short time I have been wearing it daily and am happy to tell them I bought it from you and Topsy Farms.”
– Jen, Kingston, ON, December, 2014
“Well as it turns out there were NINE ribs in the rack lamb roast… And it was fantastic. Unbelievable.”
– Allan, Toronto, ON, December, 2014
“As former farmers we know how much work goes into a great piece of meat. Your lamb is tender, succulent, and flavourful. Perfect.”
– Jean and Ray, Bath, ON, November, 2014
“I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the cozy mattress pad, duvet, and pillow. I’m now all set for whatever ‘Old Man Winter’ decides to dish out to us all!”
– Janet, Ottawa, ON, November, 2014
“I love my new wool slippers (aka mukluks)! They are SO comfy! How is the wool part made? It’s not like it’s knit, so what’s the process? The footie part is so soft and lovely….I’m just sitting here watching TV and wiggling my toes and totally enjoying them…they’re warm but not hot, which is the best, as my feet are already warm all the time, but they are very happy. Open-mouthed smile.”
– Janet, Vancouver, BC, November, 2014
(Meredith placed an order for a wedding gift to be sent to the US, requesting we include farm-based info. We sent a brief history, a sheep photo, a wood cedar chip and a brochure linking to our Topsy website and she responded: “I was looking for a wool blanket for my cousin’s wedding and originally was going to give her a Hudson Bay blanket, but they don’t ship to the US. So, I found you through a Google search and I think I wound up making the better choice.” (The Bay no longer makes their wool blankets in Canada.)
– Meredith, October, 2014
“I just wanted to let you know that I got my throw wool blankets yesterday, they are really lovely and I can feel the oil in them which is so good. The natural colours are just right for me. My new throw size wool blanket look wonderful with the natural coloured linen bedding.
Thanks to Sally and Ian for all the email and phone help.”
– Lauren, July, 2014
“Thanks for staying in touch! The throws are on couches and are used daily – wool blankets on the beds – and wool blankets in the tent when camping; could not be more pleased!
Fabulous stuff this wool is!”
– Bill, BC, June, 2014
“Happy to report that I have a pair of mittens from you folks that I’ve worn since I left Queen’s, and I still love them. Now living in Ottawa, I’d love one of your sheep skin rugs for our spare bedroom to coordinate with a gray sofa bed. Do you have one that has some gray in it available?”
– Kathryn, Ottawa, ON, March, 2013
“Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying the pasture-raised Ontario lamb. The sausage is to die for, and tomorrow we’re having burgers with pine nuts, herbs and blue cheese…and the dogs are LOVING the organ meat.”
– Janet, Fenlon Falls, ON, February, 2013
“Bonjour Sally, J’ai reçu aujourd’hui un trésor. Votre laine est tellement belle. Je ne sais pas par quel couleur commencer…..”
“Jennifer and I so enjoyed our visit to your delightful little store to buy woollen hats and gloves, and choosing wool from amongst the glorious colours to do our own knitting. And we were so lucky to see the sheep being herded! Topsy Farms is a unique gem of a place and you are such a gracious host! A day to remember and treasure.”
What I love about your Ontario sheep farm operation is the wonderful interaction between all of the family, especially children…”
“What I love about your Ontario sheep farm operation… is the wonderful interaction between all of the family, especially in that it includes the children from such early ages. They will grow up with these wonderful instincts of knowing exactly what to do in each situation … Call it “common sense.” Talk about a “family farm”––… it definitely is priceless.”
“The mattress pad must have arrived shortly after our email exchange. We were at the cottage and very pleased to find the package on our return to the city. Great service!”
“My son chose a skein of yarn for socks as did my daughter. I’ll be busy this winter. Your felted hats are beautiful and very creative.”
“Thank you for the gift of the Eucalan. You know we will take good care of the sheepskin, the lambskin and wool blanket.”
“We were blown away that … you opened up The Wool Shed for us tardy Torontonians, showing up 2 hours after closing. We truly enjoyed … learning more about my favourite “miracle fabric of nature”.
“I love using Topsy Farms wool – the skeins are very generous – you only need 8 skeins to make a man’s sweater – it knits up so smoothly and consistently – the finished product is very professional looking holding it’s shape wear after wear! (It) comes in wonderful colours – I especially like the heathers.”
“I’m very pleased with the wool blanket that I bought and I know that my niece and soon to be husband will love it and make use of it for many years to come. Also thank you for going the extra step by taking us to the barn to find the just the right wool blanket. It was very interesting to see where the shearing is done and how the fleece is stored until you need it. It would be amazing to watch the whole process during shearing time.”
– Elaine Nelson, Kingston, Ontario June, 2010
I just returned from a week in Yellowknife for my nephew’s wedding. I had a great time (skiing, dog-sledding, listening to an ice concert in an ice castle, seeing the Northern Lights in the middle of the night) most of this at -20 or lower. I was glad I had my toasty warm felted cloche. Thanks Topsy Farms!
” … how very happy we are with the wool blankets we ordered …over three years ago…. we have pulled our blankets out from their summer plastic bag storage (and)… have begun washing them with Eucalan in our washer and partially drying them in our drying on ‘synthetic damp dry’ setting. They are coming out beautifully fluffy and soft on the skin, smelling lovely and clean lovely wooly lanolin. And they are finished so beautifully. We truly love them. They are one of the best purchases we’ve made to increase the comfort we enjoy in our home. Thank you for such a pleasing product at such a reasonable price (including shipping!) and for taking care of the land and the animals in a humble and respectful way.“
– Helen and Marcus Mendes, BC, Fall, 2009