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Outstanding Dreams Farm: A Maryland Alpaca Farm

Alpaca sales, breeding, farm tours & retail shop in Preston, MD

Phil & Vickie Liske
24480 Pinetown RDPreston, MD 21655
410-673-2002
410-829-2012, 410-829-4492
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Crown's Jewel at Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

Nationals 2014

One of the highlights of our memories from the last ten years was having our alpaca, Crown's Jewel win at Nationals in 2014. We had never attended Nationals before as for the most part, it was held many hours away, however that year they were being held in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Count us in!

We felt it was important to only bring our very best to this show as you really are competing against the best alpacas in the country here. Having said that, we only brought one entry, Crown's Jewel. My heart was in my throat as we entered the ring! Looking around me I noticed we were competing with some of the most well know farms in the country. I thought to myself "We don't stand a chance."

I was literally shocked when after assessing the animals the judge pointed to us for first place. I actually turned around to see if she was pointing to someone behind me! Needless to say, this was an emotional victory for us. Having worked so hard for so long and to finally win at the highest level was an amazing experience! What made this victory even sweeter was having so many of our friends there watching the class and erupting into cheers when we were awarded the Blue Ribbon. We've gone on to many other wins since then, but for me, none will compare to this moment.



Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm



Sunday, October 22, 2017

About our Gift Shop

Our Farm Store Gift Shop started out with humble beginnings! In 2008 we basically had a couple of display tables and few items in our then unfinished garage. We needed to be convinced there was an adequate demand for alpaca products before giving up our garage space and making the investment to convert the space into a Farm Store.

During that first winter when people would visit the shop you could literally see your breath in there! I don't know if perhaps the cold helped motivate people to buy the warm, comfy alpaca clothing, but buy it they did! As customers kept coming in to our shop we began to realize that the demand was real and growing. Feedback received from our customers was overwhelmingly positive - that people didn't just like this stuff, they loved it.

We soon converted our garage into an actual Farm Store & Gift Shop which now offers a wide array of wonderful alpaca clothing, accessories, rugs, blankets, children's toys, socks and more. One of our favorite sections is the yarn which is made from our own alpacas and processed right here in Maryland.

We continue to expand our selection of unique, handcrafted and unusual items in order to provide an exceptional shopping experience for our guests. Come visit us to find quality alpaca products, and then be sure and stop by to meet the animals. After all, they are the ones that actually produce the fiber for many of these items!


Sincerely,
Phil & Vickie Liske
Outstanding Dreams Farm


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fleece Prep

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

Vickie Skirting a Fleece

My partner in crime, Vickie hard at work cleaning a fleece in preparation to be sent to a local fiber mill to be processed into yarn. This is referred to as "skirting" a fleece and doing so properly ensures having nice clean yarn to offer our customers. Vickie excels at this and is meticulous in cleaning our fleeces.
All of the yarn we offer in our store is from our own alpacas and is processed locally.
"Maryland Made"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rebel's Rebellion joins our herd

We'd like to introduce the newest member of our herd, Rebel's Rebellion.
Rebellion is another carbon copy of his mom, Anticipation Annie and his full sister, Annie's Minnie Me.
We seem to have found the right combination to produce the pinto pattern by breeding Anticipation Annie to Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel.
We really like the unique pattern of these alpacas and hope you do too!
Rebel-Dad

Rebel-Dad


Sunday, October 8, 2017

First Show

First Show
Another memory I’d like to share is that of our first show. We entered the Virginia Classic Alpaca and Llama Show in 2008. We just brought two boys, Havana Smoke and Ice Man. Having attended a couple shows as spectators, we had a general idea of what to do but no real experience.
What a way to start! Smoke was the first to go into the ring and was, to put it mildly, quite a handful. He was a very nervous, high strung animal and combined with my inexperience and nervousness, this was a recipe for disaster! Sure enough, as the judge went to examine him he went ballistic. He reared up, catching me in the chest and pushed me half way across the ring before I got control of him. Again and again the judge patiently tried to examine him and the ring steward jumped in to help. Finally we succeeded and the judge moved on. Oh joy, I thought my heart was going to explode! We did end up placing fifth I think, so at least we got a ribbon for our efforts.
Next came Iceman who was much easier to handle. This went very well and he got a fourth place ribbon.
We survived our first show!
Since then, we have caught the “Show Bug” and have competed much more successfully at many shows over the years. (More on that later!)
It’s a good thing I’m a stubborn, determined person and have taught myself better handling skills.
I still get nervous and excited when we show, but am no longer intimidated by even the most difficult animals.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our first cria at Outstanding Dreams Farm- 2008

Anticipation Annie at birth

Anticipation Annie at birth

How well I remember this day! Nervous doesn't begin to describe my feelings. I remember watching her mom, Outstanding Omen going into labor and wondering what to do. I had read all about this, but until you're actually in the moment, you have no idea how this feels. I literally had the alpaca neonatal book in one hand and my cell phone with the vet in the other!

The vet told me to just calm down, grab a chair, and Mother Nature will take care of everything.
Well, not so much. The head and feet came just fine, but then the cria was stuck. I called the vet again and she told me "Your going to have to pull it out."

"WHAT? I'm going to have to what? " Holy crap, nobody told me I was going to have to this! Okay, I can handle this. I followed her directions, grabbed the crias legs close to her body and pulled away from Mom down and at an angle. Mom is squealing and I'm pulling and cussin' up a storm! I got the elbows out and let me tell you, that little sucker shot out of there like a cannon! I'm covered in "bodily fluids" and thinking "What the heck have I got myself into?"

Everything actually went quite well after that. The cria was up and nursing in no time. In a day or two she was out running laps around the pasture. Anticipation Annie went on to a very successful show career and has since given us several beautiful crias, our favorites being Fancy Pants and Minnie Me two beautiful patterned females. Annie is actually due to deliver a full sibling to Minnie Me any day as of this writing. All of our alpacas are special, but Annie is especially special!
I can fly!

I can fly!

PAOBA 2009-Blue

PAOBA 2009-Blue

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Fancy Pants cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria

Annie's Minnie Me cria


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival

September 16th and 17th marked our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival and Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm.
We were pleased to welcome hundreds of guests to our farm and even had a local television station come out to cover the festival!
The festival featured alpacas, our farm store, food and craft vendors, fiber arts demonstrations,children's activities and much more.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the support we received from our community,as well as our family and friends that volunteered to help make this possible!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017 is our 9th Annual Alpaca Festival

Join us as we celebrate our 9th Annual Fall Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, September 17th from noon - 4:00 pm. The farm, located on Maryland's beautiful eastern shore in Preston, will host arts and craft booths, fiber art demonstrations, food vendors, children's activities and live music as well as a unique shopping experience at our Farm Store.

The festival offers visitors a chance to take a tour of the farm, meet our lovable alpacas and learn more about these wonderful animals. As one of Caroline County's favorite farm tour destinations, we welcome hundreds of guests each year from all across the Delmarva Delmarva Peninsula as well as the surrounding states and nearby cities.

Why are alpaca products different and enjoyed by so many? The fleece is a luxurious, soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities. This makes it an excellent choice for those irritated by other materials, and the warmth and softness of the fleece ensures comfort that our customers return for over and over again. Don't miss the wide array of fiber products made from our own animals and available in the Farm Store, such as scarves, clothing, hats, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and more.

Admission to the festival is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. For more information please contact us at (410) 673-2002. We look forward to celebrating our 9th Fall Festival with you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing "Minnie Me"

Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd! At 10 months old she has a lovely temperament and is a real

Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd! At 10 months old she has a lovely temperament and is a real

Here is an update on one of our favorite little girls here at the farm. We are so pleased with Minnie Me, one of our outstanding fall crias, who at 10 months old is maturing nicely. She has a lovely and calm temperament to go along with her good looks and has played "The Bride" along with Miracle in the two weddings we recently participated in. As you can see from the photos, she is the spitting image of her mom, Anticipation Annie and is exactly what we were hoping for when we bred Annie to Rebel. Looking for something unique? Consider adding Minnie Me to your herd!



Clear Mountain's Painted Rebel - Sire
Anticipation Annie - Dam


Interested in learning more? Visit our website to read about starting out with alpacas and getting into the business of raising and breeding these wonderful animals. One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in getting into the alpaca lifestyle. We offer guidance and leadership to help with everything from setting up your farm to selecting animals and more. Find out why so many of our clients rave about their buying experiences





Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County on Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.

Sincerely, Phil and Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655
One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in

One of the things we strive for is excellence in our mentoring program for individuals interested in

Schedule a tour to come out and visit with us, learn more about raising these loveable animals and p

Schedule a tour to come out and visit with us, learn more about raising these loveable animals and p


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Group Tours & Visitor Information

Our farm, located on the scenic eastern shore of Maryland, is a popular place for tour groups and visitors. Folks enjoy the peaceful drive out to Preston, often coming from the nearby city areas to explore the Delmarva Peninsula for an afternoon or day trip, and we enjoy meeting new people and being able to share our love of these animals with guests. We offer tours by appointment, ranging from small groups all the way up to large charter buses, and we ask that you kindly contact us in advance to schedule your visit.






What makes Outstanding Dreams Farm a popular destination?



Our visitors enjoy learning about the farm, how we operate and care for the alpacas. Along with information and educational facts, we provide a chance to go out into the fields, meet and touch the friendly animals and see and feel their luxurious fiber. Don't forget your camera! One of the truly unique aspects of a visit to our farm is the Farm Store, which offers a wide variety of fiber products including a large selection of our own yarns. Items made from alpaca fiber range from plush toys and sweaters to socks and rugs, providing guests with a very different opportunity for shopping. The scenic grounds and pastures of the farm allow wonderful photo opportunities and plenty of space for parking and we have hosted groups such as vintage car clubs, motorcycle tours, garden clubs, agricultural students and many other parties as well.



Where is the farm located?



Situated just off Route 16 in Preston, we are just minutes from the towns of Denton, Federalsburg, Hurlock and Easton. Below is a map indicating the surrounding areas, and for those using a GPS our address is: 24480 Pinetown Road Preston, MD 21655.







What's nearby? 



Our area is rich with local history, dining experiences, farms, shops, small towns, lodging at area Bed & Breakfasts, historical sites and outdoor destinations. A few highlights include:








How long should you plan on being here?



While the size of the group is certainly one of the key factors, we generally recommend that visitors allow at least an hour to an hour and a half. Learning about the animals, seeing the various steps of the fiber in the processing shed, exploring the store and of course taking some photographs is an experience to be enjoyed and we encourage you to give yourself plenty of time to arrive.





Interested in booking a group tour? Please visit our website to see more about our facility or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you and are eager to provide a wonderful experience here at Outstanding Dreams Farm.



Outstanding Dreams Farm is located in Caroline County on Maryland's eastern shore, just a short distance from many of the area's best dining experiences, cultural attractions, historical sites and charming small towns. Our visitors love coming out here for tours, shopping at our farm store and of course to meet and greet the alpacas! See what's nearby and plan a day trip to the farm while enjoying some of the local flavor and area destinations.
Sincerely, Phil and Vickie Liske
www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
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Phone: 410-673-2002
24480 Pinetown Road
Preston, MD 21655