We are Cindy and Wayne Aldrich -- AKA, SHEPHERD'S PURSE ALPACAS. We celebrate our nineteenth anniversary this year, having purchased our first alpacas in 2002. We "bought the farm" in Mount Airy, Maryland in the summer of 2002, and finally brought our four girls and little boy home in April 2003. Our herd now numbers twenty-eight, including eight boys and twenty girls. We are really enjoying the Alpaca Lifestyle!
We are very excited to be realizing our dream to own and breed these beautiful animals. We are especially attracted to the fine fleece that alpacas produce - we believe it's finer than cashmere! Our aim is to breed an excellent quality animal, both in conformation and temperament, and to aggressively market the fleece and finished end products.
We are pleased to announce that Shepherd's Purse Alpacas and our It's Alpaca! Boutique will be open for your holiday shopping on Saturday, November 27, and Saturday(s), December 4, 11 & 18, from 10am to 5pm, or any other time at your request. We’ll also be open on the last Sunday before Christmas, December 19. Just remember to save a little time to visit the alpacas. Due to the COVID-19 virus we ask visitors to wear masks and exercise safe social distancing while inside the It's Alpaca Boutique. We and the alpacas look forward to seeing you again!
Our It's Alpaca! Boutique offers fine alpaca gifts and is open the second Saturday of every month, every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and by appointment. Click What's New for more visiting and shopping information, and all the farm news!
For more information contact Cindy and Wayne by email or at 301-829-4798.
Visit us at the farm: 7971 Bennett Branch Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. To arrange a farm visit or a shopping appointment, call Wayne at 301-452-1874.
Watch for frequent updates to this site!