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Two baby goatsWelcome to Patchwork Acres Goat Milk Soap! My husband and I raise Nubian dairy goats on our small farm in Southeast Missouri. Our family enjoys drinking the fresh goat milk and we enjoy spending time with the goats.  I make soft cheeses, kefir, buttermilk, yogurt, as well as use the milk in cooking and baking. Quite a few years back, a friend of mine suggested making soap using some of our goat milk and selling it at farmers markets, craft shows, and festivals. So after doing some research, I took the plunge and have been making soap ever since. 

WHY USE GOAT MILK SOAP?

Goat milk is naturally moisturizing, contains alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins, and minerals. Also, the pH of goat milk is close to that of our skin, which means it is gentle on our skin.

Other ingredients I use in my soaps, besides the goat milk, include: several different clays, oatmeal, honey, pumice, coffee, beer, olive oil, lard, coconut oil, avocado oil, palm oil, castor oil, essential oils, and fragrance oils.  

I love making soap and seeing how each one turns out. I also like that I can custom make soap to suit different purposes. For example, my coffee soap, which is made with double strength coffee, is a good kitchen soap. Coffee is an odor neutralizer and gets rid of onion and garlic odors from your hands.  The Gardener's Soap has ground apricot shell and pumice, good for scrubbing your hands clean.  It could also be used on your feet.

I sell my soaps at several farmers markets during the market season and craft shows and festivals throughout the year. My soaps are also sold at these local businesses: MoZaic Art Studio at 5 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO; Family Friendly Farm, north of Cape Girardeau, MO; and The Lutheran Heritage Museum in Altenburg, MO.  I’m a member of The Cat Ranch Art Guild.  

The market season is starting up soon. Here's where you can find me and my soaps:

The Bollinger County Farmers Market:  Every Saturday morning, April 6 - October 25, 2013, behind the Bollinger County Co-op in Marble Hill, MO, 8 a.m. to noon.

The Jackson Farmers Market:  Every Tuesday afternoon, beginning May 6 - September 2013, 2 - 6 p.m. in the Band Shell parking lot of the Jackson City Park, Jackson, MO.

Feel free to contact me at kntgbarb@gmail.com or 573-238-2143.