While traveling through northern Florida last June, my husband and I had the opportunity to spend a cozy farm stay glamping in an alpaca paddock. We figured what better place to social distance than on a farm!
Cozy Farm Stay Tent
We arrived at the Home Field Advantage Farmstead mid afternoon and were greeted at the gate by our host, Jennifer. Then she showed us to our tent where she explained how to work the air conditioner, precautions regarding latching the gate, and introduced us to the alpacas.
Alpacas differ from llamas in several ways. To clarify, an alpaca is smaller and has softer wool. Therefore they are raised to be sheered to use the wool for clothing. On the other hand, llamas have coarse wool which makes for rough clothing. Instead because they are larger and heavier, they are used as pack animals. Moreover, these alpacas were curious and came right up to us and our tent. However, Jennifer told us not to pet them because they aren’t comfortable with people touching them.
We spent the next hour reading on our front porch while listening to and watching the farm animals. In addition, at 5:30, Jennifer came by to give us a tour of the farm and let us participate in feeding time. Further, I even got to hold a lamb!
Jennifer and her husband started Home Field Advantage Farmstead in 2014. They lived in a trailer while they built their home and started the farm. The farmers harvest their own vegetables from their kitchen garden, milk the goats, collect the chicken eggs, and raise their own pork and poultry. The sheep and alpacas had been sheared recently, but Jennifer explained that due to Covid-19 they hadn’t brought the wool to be processed yet. She showed us the bags of wool in the Red Shed which serves as a kitchen area. There were also two barn units plus the trailer to stay the night in, but we preferred the glamping.
After feeding the animals and touring the farm we ate our dinner on our front patio. Then we headed over to the outdoor shower to wash away the dust from the day. There was an indoor shower in the bathroom, but we were so enamored by the ambiance of the farm that we wanted to remain outdoors.
Night on the Farm
By nightfall, the breeze blew the stuffy day time air out of the tent. Therefore, we had no need for the air conditioner. We fell into the comfy bed and gazed out the back window at an endless sea of stars. I awoke early to the sound of a rooster crowing in the distance, and lay there for an hour just listening to the sounds of nature.
We made sure to support this self sustaining farm by purchasing homemade goods such as goats milk soap, lotion, blueberry jam, and farm fresh eggs before leaving in the morning. The jam was delicious! My husband and I can’t wait to return to this cozy farm stay.
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