|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
2017 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
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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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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:
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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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ANNUAL SHEARING DAYS
This two-day event was a success because of the help of many people:
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