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Beaver Valley sheep farm hosting indoor Christmas market this month

Market will be inside the horse arena on Nov. 27 and feature several local makers and producers
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Kimber Valley Farms, a unique Icelandic fibre sheep farm, located in the stunning Beaver Valley in Kimberley, Ontario, is announcing their first Christmas market located in their large open horse arena on their farm.

The market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will showcase a variety of farmers and makers offering one-of-a-kind items for the holiday shopper.

“Since we started our farm in 2012, we have met so many amazing and talented people in the region." said Kimber Valley co-owners Lynn Thordarson and Catherine Gaudet, commented. "We have always been passionate about supporting our community and we hope that by providing a market venue for these farmers and makers, they will gain exposure to a broader audience.”

The market will be held in the farm’s large, open horse arena, where Grey Bruce Public Health COVID guidance will be in effect, with a hand sanitizing station at the entrance, and people onsite to manage lines if necessary. Mask wearing by visitors is required. Parking is available on-site, but somewhat limited. 

Kimber Valley Farms is located at 236087 Beaver Valley Road in the Beaver Valley, close to the intersection of 119 and Grey Road 13. The white-domed horse arena is visible from the road.

The market currently has 17 vendors registered that includes producers of:

  • honey,
  • various locally raised organic meat,
  • artisanal cheese,
  • preserves,
  • small-batch botanicals for wellness,
  • floral designs,
  • fresh baked goods, 
  • leather works,
  • eco-friendly home goods,
  • cozy knitwear,
  • one-of-a-kind fibre art,
  • hand-made wooden creations,
  • knitted fashion,
  • home décor pillows,
  • crochet toys,
  • embroidered linens,
  • wool blankets,
  • hats and capes,
  • and delicious local catering.

Kimber Valley Farms' own fibre products from the Icelandic sheep will be available, including premium raw fleece, roving and yarn along with beautiful hand-made fibreworks such as fisherman’s mitts, the popular Icelandic hats, beanies and felted soap. A full list of vendors is available online:

“We like to think our farm is a positive, educational, happy place for visitors," said Thordarson and Gaudet. "Our Icelandic sheep bring smiles to faces, and we enjoy sharing our story with others and showing them where fibre comes from. By inviting other vendors, and our community to gather all under one roof seems like a feel-good way to start the holiday season. And our Australian sheepdog Stitch is more than happy to be our de facto host!”

About Kimber Valley Farms

Founded in 2012, situated on 92 acres in the bucolic setting of the rolling hills of Beaver Valley, the farm has grown to 60 sheep along with three horses, a donkey, and a llama. The owners, Lynn Thordarson and Catherine Gaudet have pursued this venture with the goal of sharing their farm to an engaged public interested in a rural experience, along with the products the sheep produce. This is fulfilled through multiple channels including a cabin for rent to support on-site workshops, such as knitting and felting, individual lamb sponsorship, farm tours, and the fibre products from the Icelandic sheep that include roving, premium raw fleece, and yarn.

Fibreworks, such as Icelandic hats and fisherman mitts, are produced as one-of-a-kind items that support the farm to fashion movement that is a core value of Kimber Valley Farms. Lynn, whose Amma came to Canada from Iceland as a young girl, has deep roots in Icelandic culture passed down through generations. Kimber Valley Farms continues her family story through the shepherding of this unique, versatile and beautiful heritage breed of Icelandic sheep.