Apples and Alpacas Farm Sign at road
Binder Properties LLC dba

Mid Missouri Alpacas
A Division of Binder's Hilltop Apple and Berry Farm
24688 Audrain Road 820
Mexico, MO 65265-6632
Cell: 573.721.1415

  

 

2017 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

U-Picking   Farmers' Market   Group & School Field Trips

2017 National Alpaca Farm Days   Past Events

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U-PICKING 2017

As of September 4, we are picking Granny Smith, Enterprise, Supreme Red Delicious, Fuji, Rome and whatever is left of Ultra Gold Apples. Some Galas might be available.

Between September 5 and October 9, please call me on my cell, 573-721-1415, to find out what is available for u-picking.

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COLUMBIA FARMERS' MARKET

See me every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Columbia Farmers' Market located at the Area Recreational Center, 1701 Ash (at Clinkscale).

On Saturday, September 9, I will have available:

  • Pesto
  • Freshly frozen peaches
  • Candy Onions and Bunching Onions
  • Apple Chewy Bars, Apple Roll Ups, Apple Chips
  • Granny Smith, Jonalicious, Enterprise, Supreme Red Delicious, Jonathan and Fuji Apples
  • Between September 10 and October 9, please call me on my cell, 573-721-1415, to find out what will be available during that time.

      

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    SCHOOL AND GROUP FIELD TRIPS

    During the year, we offer two different field trip packages to school and youth organizations and adult groups:

    (1) The U-Pick Apple Field Trip ,

    (2) The Alpaca Field Trip which is offered during the off season.

     

    THE U-PICK APPLE FIELD TRIP

    We offer field trips to schools and other groups beginning in mid August and continuing until mid October. The tours are available mornings or afternoons every week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. We encourage your group to book early as we do limit the number of tours, and the spaces fill quickly once school is in session. We do make special after-school arrangements with Scout and church groups.

    The fee for the orchard u-pick tour is $4.50 per person. (There is no charge for adults accompanying school groups.)  The minimum in a group is 10.  If a group is smaller than 10, a $45.00 fee is charged.

    We will list below the Field Trips for 2017 as they are booked.

    • September 5, 2017, 9 a.m.: This Day Care, Mexico, MO
    • September 7, 2017, 9 a.m.: Kingdom of Calloway Academy, Fulton, MO, K to 3rd Grade
    • Visit the apple orchard.
    • View a honey bee yard.
    • View the ducks take their morning bath, and look for the guineas in their wanderings around the farm.
    • Identify animal life in and around a pond.
    • Admire the beautiful alpacas and have your camera ready to have your picture taken with an alpaca.
    • Discover various uses of farm products.

    Depending on the age of the group, the tours last from 1-1/2 to 2 hours. It is a walking tour and includes a visit to the dwarf orchard where the apple varieties are discussed and the students are shown how to pick an apple from a dwarf tree without breaking off the branches. Depending upon the varieties available, the students will pick at two varieties of each of the apples available.

    The bee yard is visited and the life of the honey bee is discussed. From a safe distance the students can see the bees flying in and out of their hives.

    During the walking tour, they might also encounter the guineas that roam freely eating grasshoppers, ticks and lots of bugs. If we are lucky, sometimes the group gets to see where a guinea has built a nest in some bushes or flowers to lay her eggs. They might also encounter the African Geese as they stroll around the farm in slow motion, generally in a line, looking for weeds to nibble on.

    We stop off at the pond to look at all the different types of ducks swimming around. If the group arrives in the morning, they can see the ducks and geese take their morning bath.

    The alpaca barn and pasture is the final leg of the walking tour. The group will learn lots of things about the alpaca; and they even get to pet a baby alpaca, feeling their soft fiber.

    The tour ends up in our farm store building, where the children wash their hands, get to make some apple juice with their fresh picked apples Additional questions are answered, the observation bee hive is visited, the group can see fiber from the sheared alpacas and view types of clothing the alpaca fiber is made into.

    THE ALPACA FIELD TRIP

    I AM NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR ALPACA FIELD TRIPS

    This tour is about 1-1/2 to 2 hours in length and can be set up most any time during the week including weekends during the off season.

    The participants will have a hands-on opportunity to socialize with the alpacas. They will learn how we care for the alpacas, trim their toe nails, worm and weigh them monthly and what our morning and evening barn chores consist of. If the participants wish, they may lead an alpaca.

    During late April and May there will also be a shearing demonstration. They will get to see what we do with the fiber that is sheared off the alpacas in the spring. They will also watch a spinning demonstration and can participate in a weaving demonstration. As a take home project, each participant will be making a felted project.

    The fee for the alpaca tour is $4.50 per participant with a minimum of 10. If a group is smaller than 10, a $45.00 fee is charged. Please bring your camera and plan on getting your picture taken with an alpaca.

    FIELD TRIPS SCHEDULED

    • There are no field trips scheduled at this time.

     

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    2017 NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS

    September 23 and 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Our 11th Annual National Alpaca Farm Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This will be our final event with National Alpaca Farm Days as I will be retiring. Last year, we had a record of 640 visitors. I would like to break that record going out.

    We will continue to have 15-minute sessions each hour on "Learning All About Alpacas," "Learning to Lead an Alpaca" and "Leading an Alpaca through an Obstacle Course." All ages are welcome to participate in these sessions.

    On Saturday, there will be a Blue Grass Jam. Apple picking will be available on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An attendance prize will be given away on Sunday after the event closes. The winner will be notified by telephone, so please register when visiting.

    There will also be a pen of females for sale. If you are interested in purchasing several, the price is right, and I want to find good homes for them. If you do not own alpacas, you need to start with two as they are social animals and need a companion.

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    Past Events

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    ANNUAL SHEARING DAYS
    April 22 and 23, 2017

    This two-day event was a success because of the help of many people:

    • Kirby Gurgurich, Will Binder, Lou Melahn, Meridith Melahn, Matt and William Sause, and Mason Craig and Debbie and Jadra Parsons Moore who have boarding alpacas at my farm.
    • A+ students from the local high school helped and also earned volunteer hours towards the Missouri State wide A+ program which gives graduating high school students two years of free tuition to any Junior college in Missouri. They were Andrew Weber, Ethan Prior, Brianna Morgan, Savannah Sadler, Cheryl Newhauser, Mattie Wilson and Cami Donaldson. These teenagers were fantastic help.
    • Our shearer Bruce Volpert and his partner, Tammy, from Coulterville, Illinois.
    • Some photos taken of the activities that occurred over the two-day event.

    Shearing Day 2017 Andrew Weber bringing up an alpaca to be sheared  William Sause walking Jubilee to the shearing area  Meredith Melhan filling syringe with CD&T

    Bruce Volper shearing the belly  Kirby (right) helping Bruce the shearer  

    Amy, shearers' helper, taking sheared blankets to the sorting table  Debbie Parsons, owner of A-Paca-Dreams, sorting blanket fiber

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    Updated September 5, 2017