Baa, baa black Sheep, have you any wool? Black, white, tan, brown or gray - sheep bred in Massachusetts have plenty of wool and wool products for you. Here are a half dozen farms in Massachusetts which have their own sheep and sell items for knitters and other fiber artists.
Moorit Meadow Farm, 141 Blue Meadow Road, Belchertown; 413-323-8844
Moorit Meadow Farm raises Navajo Churro Sheep and sells fleece, roving and processed fiber. Colors range from natural/white to pinto, dark brown and pure black.
Jager Farm Icelandic Sheep, 75 Mountain Street, Haydenville; 413-268-3086
Jager Farm sells fleeces, roving, and yarns from Icelandic Sheep. Colors include tan, white, grey, black, and morrit - a rich reddish brown.
Swift River Farm, 27 Nichewaug Road, Petersham
Shetland sheep are raised on Swift River Farm. Their legendary wool, fine and soft, is available in eleven colors and thirty color blends.
West Elm Farm, 65 West Elm Street, Pembroke; 781-826-3581
At West Elm Farm you can find raw, washed and carded wool from Icelandic Sheep as well as mohair from Angora goats.
Winterberry Farm, 21 Teawaddle Hill Rd., Leverett; 413-548-3940
Beautiful Romney and natural colored fleeces, dyed fleece, roving, pelts and sheepskins are all available at Winterberry Farm.