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Patch Passport: Venture Out to SafeHouse Alpaca Farm
SafeHouse Farm in Barrington is home to several dozen alpacas.
'A Huggable Investment'
As Jim Tomaszek walks from his barn to the fields in the farm behind his Barrington home, several dozen alpacas start trotting toward him.
"They think I'm the pizza guy," he said with a smile. One of the braver baby alpacas, Jacob, ventured out of the herd and leaned his neck forward to nuzzle Tomaszek's face for a kiss.
Tomaszek scooped Jacob into his arms and pets his soft, white fur.
"They're a huggable investment," Tomaszek said. "There's just something so special about them. I don't know what it is—I don't want to know. It's a mystery. You fall in love with them.
"They're just so incredibly elegant."
Tomaszek and his wife run Safehouse Farms on Cuba Road in Barrington. The couple each work day jobs and run the farm on the side. They've farmed for more than a decade, he said, and started farming alpacas about five years ago as they started getting older and wanted an alternative to horses.
In the Venture Out portion of the Patch Passport series, we take you to SafeHouse Farm in Barrington, where Jim Tomaszek and his wife take care of several dozen national-championship quality alpacas.
WATCH THE VIDEO: SafeHouse Alpaca Farm
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