Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Alpacas in Sogn Valley October 9, 2011

An alpaca outside the craft barn at Sogn Valley Alpacas & Crafts.

I DREW MY HAND across the scarves, stroking the silky, kitten-soft spun fiber of the alpacas.

Hats. Scarves. Prayer shawls. Afghans. Rugs. Clothing. Some tucked inside the small-scale barn shed that mimics the real barn a stone’s throw away. Other merchandise is draped across tables and clothes-drying racks outside, near the penned camel-hued alpaca that chose to ignore me for the most part.

Welcome to Sogn Valley Alpacas & Crafts along Goodhue County 14 Boulevard, rural Cannon Falls, a spur-of-the-moment stop on a recent drive to view the fall colors.

Jayne and R.J. Boersma's Sogn Valley Alpacas & Crafts near Cannon Falls.

Scarves and hats, close-up, and prayer shawls in the background displayed outside.

Silky soft clothing hanging inside the craft barn.

My husband and I missed the fleece demo at 1 p.m., the spinning wheel demo inside and the alpaca farm tour, unless, of course, it was self-guided.

We, in fact, missed any human contact. Not a soul was to be seen except for alpacas and chickens scratching and flapping too close for my fear-of-chickens comfort.

I checked out the merchandise, unsuccessfully tried to coax the elusive alpaca into posing prettily for a photo, side-stepped chicken poop, considered photographing pumpkins and squash splayed out on a picnic table, and then snapped one final photo of an “AGRICULTURE KEEPS AMERICA GROWING” sign before hopping into the car.

The sign supporting agriculture on the side of a shed at the alpaca farm.

© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


9 Responses to “Alpacas in Sogn Valley”

  1. I know you didn’t specifically say nobody was minding the store but I am always impressed by people who trust shoppers to leave their money in exchange for their goods–the honor system, something I’ve only seen in the country. I also love that the scarves and hats were only $5. What a nice little stop!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I, too, am impressed by the trusting nature of some folks. It does lift your spirits to know that a belief in goodness and honesty in a business setting still exists. (Wait until you read about an honor system find from another rural Minnesota location in an upcoming post.)

      I agree that the $5 on the hats and scarves is a good price. I wish now that I would have purchased one. There’s always next time…

  2. I met the owners of this Alpaca Farm at the Little Log Days annual fair this past weekend. I was so impressed with them and their gorgeous handmade afghans, that I’m going to try and take all of the girls in my family on a tour.

    I was also impressed with the writing you did regarding this place, Audrey! Thanks for writing about this place.

  3. Reblogged this on quietwatersphotography and commented:
    I met the owners of Sogn Valley Alpacas & Crafts during last weekend’s Little Log Pioneer Village Days in Hastings, Minnesota. I just wanted to share this awesome blog regarding them written by Audrey Kletscher Helbling.

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