Colonial Gardens’ ‘alpaca brunch’ brings in a new crowd

Colonial Gardens in Blue Springs has paired an unlikely combination: brunch and alpacas.

The nursery and experimental farm launched a two-hour “alpaca brunch” in the summer and sold out twice. Yes, that includes real alpacas, and to answer a common question, no, you can’t ride them.

“This is actually one more way to get people to the farm and to participate,” Director of Agritourism Grace Ames said. “Agritourism for us includes more than just the idea of ​​a pumpkin patch or you pick an apple.”

Tory Schwopewho bought the 80-acre site in 2016, has worked to transform the nursery into an agritourism destination. Since taking ownership, he added a farm with livestock, orchards, berries, vegetable production and festivals. It now features a farm-to-table restaurant and curated market that sells on-site produce and products from other area farmers.

Each month is full of events, such as wine walks, flower arranging workshops, live music, Kids Club and animal feeding experiences, which give visitors the opportunity to feed the animals while learning about the regenerative and rotational practices of the Colonial Gardens. Regularly sold out events.

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