The blackberries are taking on color and will soon be ripe. We are expecting to open on Wednesday, July 1 at 7am for picking and will close at Noon.
We will be closed in observance of July 4 this year.
Days and hours for this year are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00am to Noon or until picked out for the day.
Prices as follows: U-Pick $3/lb and We-Pick 4U $5/lb
To order picked berries, please call or text (417) 499-1439. Please give us plenty of notice so that we have ample time to prepare your order.
We will also have these items available on site for sale: Blueberry syrup 16oz. $8 Blackberry syrup 16oz. $8 Blackberry jam (seedless) 4oz. $4 Blackberry jam (seedelss) 8oz. $8 Honey 1lb. $10 Honey 2.5lb. $20
All sales will be cash or local area check (with ID).
Yasmin, our 16 year old white female, has passed on. This picture is from last year when she really looked her best. We had retired her from breeding by then and she was able to gain weight and fill out nicely. She was a good companion animal to the rest of the herd and they are deeply mourning this loss.
She was a gentle old gal and we will miss her! We can rest in the knowledge that she lived out her final years on lush grass, abundant shade, good feed and supplements, and fresh water.
This is a frame of capped honey from one of the hives we keep at a location about 5 miles south of the farm. The hives have been servicing blueberry farms to the west and the abundant wildflowers we have this year. We have been a lot wetter this spring and it shows with the bees.
Both of the hives at this location are just booming. The queens are filling out the remaining space in the hive bodies and the foragers are busy packing in nectar and pollen.
We have lots of honey available for purchase and as you see here, there is more to come. Give us a call or text at (417) 499-1439 to make arrangements. We can meet you in town when we are in for other business or you can arrange a time to come to the farm.
Blackberries are coming soon! We have seen a few berries ripening since the rain let up and I expect that the sunny weather we are supposed to see this week will only bring them on faster. Perhaps next week or the one following we will open for picking. Remember that we will have seedless jam and syrup available for purchase as well!
We have finished converging the information from our two websites to this one! You will still be able to view our farm page on Openherd.com just search Shady Meadows Alpaca. I will work to keep the information current there as well as here, but it will be a lower priority.
We are still waiting for Jarret’s Pride (JP) to give birth; she was due June 3 and as of this writing there is some concern for just how much longer she can hold out on us. She is quite independent by nature, so we are not really too surprised.
We have had our share of negative experiences this spring as well. We had two of our girls come up full breech at delivery time. We lost Bo Peep and her cria, and then the very next day Temperance had to be rushed to the vet in Diamond, and while the cria was lost, we are very thankful that Temperance survived and has made a very strong recovery.
I just want to express our appreciation for our new veterinarian clinic. They are absolute professionals, and have a wonderful and fully equipped facility. While they may not yet be experts with alpaca, they certainly put forth the effort to learn and seem truly interested in doing so, which is a far cry from our former veterinary caregiver.
Don’t forget that we have honey in stock and ready to go. We have sold a lot in the last week, but still have plenty for awhile. Give us a call and we can meet you for delivery while we are in town or possibly in other areas.
Finally, the blackberries have set their fruit and are growing wonderfully. There is no sign of the fungus that took out half of the crop last year, so we’re hoping for a strong harvest this time around. As usual, we will offer seedless blackberry jam and syrup on the farm during picking season. We may even have some blueberry syrup available at that time.
What a wet and crazy spring it has been! Shearing is done, birthing season is almost finished, bee nucs and packages have been installed, and the pumps have been busy working to keep us high and dry after more than 10 inches of rain in the last week.
Please keep stopping by while we relocate our two websites to this one over the next few days/weeks.
We have honey available for purchase! Give us a call to place your order. We will have purchasing options available on this site in the near future.
This beautiful old barn is located in Barton County, Missouri near Golden City along highway 126.