We just shipped out a box of “Are You Kidding? plush toys and books to Chimacum, Washington. Chimacum is a community on the agricultural eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. The town’s motto is, “We grow food for YOU!” Among the innovative farmers of Jefferson County are Patricia Young and her partner, Steven, who operate Yaks in the Cradle Farm.
Patricia and Steven began in 2013 with the purchase of one baby bull yak. Rejected by his mother, the baby they named Lucky Jewel was bottle fed for six months and handled daily. Lucky Jewel became a fence line companion to a small herd of Pygora goats, and Patricia and Steven's love of yaks grew. In 2015, they purchased a starter batch of eleven yaks, and they began breeding their own herd! In addition to the yaks, the farm has Pygoras, three rescued alpacas and a plethora of sweet heritage laying hens.
Yaks in the Cradle Farm will be one of the new vendors at the Taylored Fibers Farm (http://tayloredfibers.com) in Quilcene during the Eighth Annual Olympic Peninsula Fiber Farm Tour, September 17th and 18th, 2016. They will be bringing raw yak fiber and other merchandise — including Gardenagerie's “Are You Kidding?” plush toy and storybook — for purchase and they’ll be showing “Turbo,” a six-year old Imperial Trim yak heifer.
There is no charge for visiting the farms and if you purchase items from any vendors you’ll receive a free ticket for a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate to Doc’s Marina Grill in Port Townsend or on Bainbridge Island! So stop by if you’re in the area and check out the yaks and goats, and “Are You Kidding?"