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Island Life: Sunset Farm

Island Life: Sunset Farm

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A picturesque sheep farm along the north end’s Sunset Drive, Sunset Farm has been a recognizable feature of the Salt Spring Island community for more than 38 years. Famous for their lamb, which is raised right on the property, they hold the honour of providing lamb for Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Victoria for her Golden Jubilee in 2002. We’re proud to have a neighbour receive such a high recognition. 

Raising roughly 80-100 lambs a year, Sunset Farm sells all of their products from their farm studio. Open daily from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the studio offers frozen cuts of lamb and sausages that can be bought either by the piece or by the box. While the lamb is certainly worth trying, the farm studio is so much more than their meat products. They also feature anything and everything to do with sheep! You can peruse the shop to find an array of wonderful items made from their own farm wool, including; comforters, blankets, socks, pillows, mattress pads, sheepskins, hand-felted pillows, slippers, hot water bottle covers, and tea cosies. If you don’t find anything you like (though we highly doubt it) you can also find pure knitting wool in a variety of colours to make something perfect for yourself. 

Why wool? A natural fibre that’s good for your skin and body, wool is a water-resistant layer that wicks moisture away from your skin to keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer. It’s soft and durable, resists wrinkling, soil, and fire and because it’s natural, it’s also biodegradable and renewable. What’s not to love?

At Sunset Farm, the sheep are sheared in November while their baby lambs are born between January and mid-April. On your visit, look for the highly sociable pet sheep and miniature goats near the studio for the perfect complement to the farm experience. And of course, if you’ve stayed with us before, you’ll already know how much we adore the decorative sheep ornaments they make onsite.

 

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