Why goats?

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I’ve shared with many a customer that the main reason I started keeping goats three years ago was so that I could eventually make goat milk soap with milk from my own goats. After owning them for 2 years, one failed attempt at breeding, and finally successful breeding and kidding, we have milk. Boy, do we have milk! I haven’t had to buy milk for the family since January. And Paul, who cannot properly digest cow’s milk, is fine with small amounts of goat’s milk!

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We have had more than enough milk for drinking fresh and cooking, so we bought an ice cream machine and have been making raw goat milk ice cream as well! It’s delicious, homemade, and a very healthy alternative to store-bought pasteurized cow’s milk. So far we have tried vanilla, strawberry, peach, chocolate, and mint-chocolate chip! We are also experimenting with fresh, raw chevre, which has been amazing as well.

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This past spring I finally learned the basics of soapmaking. It’s quite rewarding, I’ve got to say. There’s quite a lot of trial and error to the process, but once I played around a bit, I found a basic recipe that I like, and the rest is just adding ingredients for color and scent. I’ve decided to stick to only natural ingredients, such as essential oils, herbs, and food. This way, I know that no manmade chemicals are being absorbed into the skin or flushed into the water source while using my homemade soaps.

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There are many benefits to using homemade soap, particularly soap made with goat’s milk. Many people who struggle with skin conditions such as eczema claim that goat milk soap helps. It also just feels nice; and you also support a small business when you buy handmade.

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Here is our full line of 100% goat milk soap available for purchase: Chocolate, Spearmint, Peppermint (with Activated Charcoal), Lavender, Bergamot, Pumpkin Spice, Oatmeal-Honey, and Cinnamon. $5 each.

Besides all the goodies we can make with fresh goat milk, our little herd has been such a joy to keep. I’m reminded every day what beautiful souls my children are becoming through learning how to care for God’s creatures. Raising animals is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a strong, sensitive person to deal with the delicacies of caring for these animals. You need to be able to listen with a sixth sense, and that is a learned skill. I’m so thankful our children are developing these abilities at an early age. Plus: ice cream! and cheese! and soap! and cajeta! and custard! and . . .

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