Farm to needle: family opens new shop offering products sourced from their sheep

Amanda Barcenas opened Prado de Lana Sheep Farm Yarn & Wool Shop in downtown Stockbridge last week. (Photo by Emily Thurlow)

STOCKBRIDGE — A Pennsylvania couple has opened up their tight-knit community to the likes of downtown Stockbridge.

Last weekend, Amanda and Alberto Barcenas held a grand opening for their new store, Prado de Lana Sheep Farm Yarn & Wool Shop. Located in the back of the Seven Arts Building at 44 Main St., Prado de Lana offers a number of products for crocheting, knitting and weaving, including wool yarn, roving, project and messenger bags, yarn bowls and pelts.

The name Prado de Lana translates to “wool meadow,” and much like the business’ name, each product sold at the shop has a story behind it. Amanda Barcenas, a native of State College, Pennsylvania, and her husband Alberto Barcenas, a native of Mexico, first got involved with sheep farming shortly after Amanda had become pregnant with the couple’s daughter, Noelia. During the pregnancy, Amanda started knitting again. As the couple began to assess their spacious property in Chester County, Pennsylvania, they felt the location was ideal to have sheep, she said. After researching different breeds and contacting several breeders, the Barcenas’ decided on a Romney breeder in Vermont and took home their first three ewes in September 2014.

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