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The Soap Store

Jun
13

The Sassafras Farm Soap Store is open! I’ve been asked often about setting up an online soap store, so here it is–Soap Store.
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What’s the deal about goat’s milk soap? Is it just trendy, or is it actually different and better for your skin than other soaps? Here’s the lowdown: Goat milk contains alpha hydroxy acids that aid in skin rejuvenation along with skin nourishing vitamins and proteins. The pH of goat milk is close to our natural skin pH, which allows maximum penetration of moisture and nutrients.

Goat’s milk soaps from Sassafras Farm are made with fresh raw goat milk from our own goats, hand-crafted the old-fashioned way, in small batches, using as many natural, locally-sourced, and home-grown ingredients as possible.

Prices
$8 per bar for orders of 1 to 4 bars plus $2 shipping
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$6 per bar for orders of 5 or more bars plus FREE shipping (continental U.S. only)

See available soaps below and email sassafrasfarmcontact@gmail.com to place your order! Payment may be made by check.

Goat’s Milk Sugared Lavender. Made with dried lavender from our own gardens and sugar for gentle conditioning, with lavender and patchouli essential oils.

Goat’s Milk Coffee Scrub. Made with coffee grounds for a lightly scrubby quality, with peppermint and rosemary essential oils.

Goat’s Milk Lemon Pound Cake. Dried lemon peels and lemon essential oil for freshness and warmth.

Goat’s Milk Garden Hands. A combination of oatmeal, cornmeal, and dried lemon peel for a nourishing clean feeling, with peppermint and lemongrass essential oils.

Goat’s Milk Hot Chocolate. Real chocolate for natural anti-oxidants, decadently fragranced with chocolate and raspberry.

Goat’s Milk Valentina & Aranel. Fragrance-free, named after the Alpine and Lamancha goats who give the milk around here!

Goat’s Milk Oatmeal & Honey. Natural healing property of local raw honey together with the gentle scrubby qualities of oatmeal, with lemongrass and patchouli essential oils.

The Soap Store

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Moon Pie’s Opening Day

Apr
25

Saturdays are busy days. I have workshops here almost every Saturday all the way through to early December. Most workshops include goat or cow milking. This past Saturday was a Taste of Sassafras Farm, which includes cow milking, cheesemaking, soapmaking, grain grinding and breadbaking, and candlemaking. It was Moon Pie’s first performance before an audience! She’s still a milker in training, and part of the training here means learning to handle being hand-milked by multiple people and calmly tolerating multiple people in the milking parlor.

The day starts with breakfast in the studio then down to the barnyard to milk.
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Everyone enjoys visiting with the animals on the way.
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Then we’re on to the milking parlor. I was proud of Moon Pie–she did great! One of the attendees milking Moon Pie:
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Everyone who wanted to milk got to milk. Moon Pie stayed calm and carried on! Sometimes not all attendees want to put their hands on the cow, but most of them want to give it a try. Usually right around the time someone says, “I can’t get anything to come out!” is when they squirt themselves in the face with milk.

I warn people about this phenomenon.

But it still happens.
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After milking, there’s time to ramble around the barnyard and visit the animals some more.
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I tell everyone to bring “barn boots” before they come.
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Back at the studio, I have workshop stations set up outside and divide attendees into groups for cheesemaking.
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I love seeing people make cheese for the first time. There’s always a sense of wonder. LOOK, CHEESE!
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Cheese IS pretty amazing.
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I hand out packages of crackers and they get to eat their fresh warm cheese right away.
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Next up is soapmaking (and lunch).
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Not to mention a visit from someone special.
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Maia, in her tutu and bunny ears, with one of Saturday’s younger attendees.
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Back in the studio, everyone makes a loaf of bread with fresh ground soft white wheat.
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I make loaves of fresh ground grains (kamut, spelt, hard red spring wheat, and soft white winter wheat) for everyone to sample at supper.
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The day rounds out with candlemaking.
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Everyone takes home their own loaf of bread, cut bars of their own soap, and their candle.
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The previous two Saturdays had been goat workshops, so a cow workshop was a nice change of pace this past Saturday, and there’s an even bigger change of pace coming up this Saturday–it’s the first chicken processing workshop!

You can see all my workshops and dates coming up this year here, and more pictures of the Studio at Sassafras Farm here.

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