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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-21-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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14 LINCOLN NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – Meet Lincoln's alpaca family: Judy, Mary Jane and Olive, who reside on the prop- erty of the Bonci family off Old Louisquisset Pike. Emily and Tim Bonci's four-legged friends help them to create and sell a variety of alpaca fiber products to keep people warm and cozy for the winter. Before the trio of alpacas came into their lives, the Boncis, who recently moved to Lincoln from Uxbridge, Mass., were self-described "straight-up city people," whose experience with animals began and ended with cats and dogs. Today, their two-acre property is home to alpacas and more than 60 hens, roosters, and guinea fowl. In addition to selling products made from their alpaca fiber, they also sell rainbow eggs, in ivory, white, mauve, pink, green, blue, speckled, brown, mocha and copper, for $5 a dozen. Emily can tell you which chicken, by name, laid which egg. Their alpaca family is sheered once annually, in the springtime. "Unfortunately, there's not a sheerer every block. It's not like Dunkin'," Emily joked. With help from sheerer Keith Tetreault, the alpacas are given their yearly hair- cut and the fiber is sorted and sent to the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, where it is cleaned, dried, spun and made into products. Judy, Mary Jane and Olive's fluffy coats will be used to make hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, and "glit- tens," a mix of both, wrist warmers, socks and more. "We provide the raw materials and they make the fin- ished goods," Emily said. Asked what sets alpaca socks apart from a regular pair, Emily glowed. "Alpaca is hypoallergenic, so everyone can wear it including those allergic to sheep's wool," she said. "It has a minor antimicrobial effect," Tim said. "We sell alpaca boot inserts that are odor resistant." Emily explained that the product is thermal regulating, "extremely lightweight but really warm. It's nat- urally wonderful like that. It's one of the strongest natural fibers on the market and easier to wash and dry. While sheep wool has to be hand- washed and dried, alpaca products will keep their shape after being washed in the machine." They also sell drier balls, made with alpaca fiber, which acts as a reusable lint sheet and fabric soft- ener. On Tuesday, as a misty rain swirled outside, Emily said the alpacas would be completely dry under their thick coats. Likewise, alpaca socks won't retain much moisture. From their dining room window, the Bonci family can watch "the Get cozy this winter with Lincoln alpaca products By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY NICOLE DOTZENROD TWO OF THE THREE ALPACAS that reside with the Bonci family in Lincoln. The animals provide alpaca fiber that's turned into socks, mittens, hats and other knitted items. LANCE BONCI, 1, goes in for an alpaca kiss on his family's Chaos Farm in Lincoln. BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD The Bonci family, TIM, LANCE, 1, and EMILY, with their three alpacas. Not pictured is daughter Hadleigh, 6. See ALPACAS, Page 19 299 PROMENADE ST. PROVIDENCE, RI PHONE 401.335.8242 STORE HOURS weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 4288 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 Gift Certificates Available Hand Packed Pints & Quarts of Ice Cream for your Holiday Desserts. OPEN 7 DAYS: Mon.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m.; Fri.& Sat. 12-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Happy anksgiving Our delicious ice cream pies are specially decorated for your anksgiving Dessert. In addition to our regular pie flavors we have pumpkin & apple ice cream pies! Order in advance or stop in to pick up! Our homemade fudge makes a great hostess gift! Holiday Spirit

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