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Thanks for taking the time to keep up with Goat Milk Stuff!  Here's what is new this July…

Gardenia

Good news!  The gardenia soap is fully cured and available again.  We are considering making this soap available year-round.  That decision will be based on how popular the gardenia continues to be.  


Evergreen

We have recently been asked multiple times by multiple people to bring back the Evergreen soap.  It was going to come back in August (along with Cider Press, Frankincense & Myrrh, and Pumpkin), but we decided to bring the Evergreen back early. As long as it continues to be popular, it will now be available year-round.


Got Poison Ivy? Get Jewelweed Now!

It is poison ivy season and we want to remind everyone that we have both jewelweed soap and jewelweed salve available.  Jewelweed is a plant that grows where poison ivy grows. We have jewelweed growing in our woods and we wildharvest it to make the soap and salve.

When Greyden came down with poison ivy (up til last year he was not allergic to it, so he didn't use the jewelweed), the salve made a huge difference in how quickly it healed. And Jim (who is highly allergic to poison ivy), uses the jewelweed soap before and after going into the woods to do tree work and has not gotten any poison ivy.

Since the poison ivy oils can get to your skin via pets, tools, and even doorknobs, we recommend having the jewelweed soap and jewelweed salve on hand for when you suddenly (and usually surprisingly) need it! If you're still unsure, read what others have to say about it.


Bug Out

With all the Zika fears (not to mention just the normal desire to avoid bug and tick bites), we are getting a lot of inquiries into our Bug Out Soap, Bug Out Lotion, and Bug Out Spray.  All of these items contain an essential oil blend that was designed by a PhD.  I don't know the exact essential oils in the blend as it is a proprietary formula.  

I originally got the Bug Out essential oil blend simply for our own family, but was so impressed with how well it worked, that I started offering the Bug Out stuff for sale.  Of the three, in my opinion, the lotion has the most "staying power," but they each play a role.  

Our bug out stuff does not guarantee that you won't ever be bitten again, but with proper application (paying attention if you sweat it all off), we have found it to be an excellent defense against bug bites and tick bites for our family.  You can also read some of the testimonials and reviews on the individual items as well.


Soap Logs

We are continuing to make our soap logs and have almost (not quite) all of the scents made and available.  We will continue to add the missing scents as they are made.  So far, the trial on these soap logs is going well and we plan to offer them through the Holiday season.  After that we will decide whether or not to keep them into 2017.  

Each log is $30 and is equivalent to 5.25 bars of soap. Remember that these logs are uncured and not ready to use once they arrive.  You will have to cut and cure the logs before using.


Gelato

Our newest food product is very similar to ice cream, but has a more delicate consistency, and is now available in the Farm Store!  Our gelato is made with goat milk only (no cow dairy) and is available in several flavors such as butter pecan, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, german chocolate, and several others.  We are still working on finalizing recipes and flavors, so there are no labels just yet. 



Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the gelato (we are not setup to deal with dry ice), but if you're in (or planning to make a trip to) Scottsburg, Indiana, stop by and let us know what you think!  The children each have their favorites (mint chocolate and butter pecan are the tops) and we'd love to hear what your favorite flavor is.


Gelato Fridays at the Farm

If you are close enough to our farm to visit, please plan to come to our gelato tasting on July 15th-16th.  We will have samples of many gelato flavors available from 4 pm until 7 pm on Friday, and from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday. This free event will be fun for everyone, especially those who are unable to consume cow dairy products and have been missing out on ice cream! Most flavors are even gluten-free, too! With the addition of Saturday hours to our free tasting, we hope to introduce Goat Milk Stuff gelato to hundreds of people in Southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro Region. If you would like to make a day of it, schedule a tour and a baby goat experience as well!


Quick Order Page

I just wanted to remind everyone that we do have a "quick order" page.  If you know what you want to order, you can order it all from this page without having to go back and forth between product items.


Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is very special around here as it honors the birth of our country (we're huge History buffs and Patriots) AND it celebrates Jade's birthday!  The Jonases are taking the day off, but we do have somebody covering the farm store for most of the day (from 8am - 2pm).  We will not be answering phones that day, but will be back on Tuesday (even though that's Colter's birthday!) 

We wish everyone a safe and fun Independence Day!


Baby Goat Experience

For most people, their favorite part of the farm tour is seeing the goats.  If you'd like to spend more time with the goats than is allotted for the farm tour, you can spend time in the baby goat pen.  We've changed the amount of time of the baby goat experience from 1 hour to 30 minutes (and cut the price in half) because for many people (especially smaller children) an entire hour was too long.  If you want to do an entire hour, you can simply schedule two sessions back-to-back.  We have more information and you can schedule your event at the Baby Goat Experience link. 




Summer Travel

With Summer fully here, we are getting to meet so many new people as they travel past our farm!  If you find yourself in Indiana (or close to Louisville), we encourage you, your family, and your friends to stop by our farm for a visit!  We are less than one mile off Interstate Hwy 65 and we are usually an easy stop to add to your vacation.  You can check out our reviews on Trip Advisor, Google, and Yelp


July Giveaway

Giveaways are back for 2016! This month we're giving away a Sensitive Skin Pack and Deodorant ($30 value). You can find the entry widget on the Goat Milk Stuff blog.

Since you're already signed up for the newsletter, all you have to do to get your first entry is put the email address that you used to subscribe to this newsletter in the widget. It's that easy! For extra entries, you can follow us on various social media sites or answer a question. Just make sure you go through the widget, so your entries are counted. Good luck!

Congratulations to Sandy Lestina who won the June contest!  


Newsletter Special

We need to clear some space for our holiday limited edition scents which will be available in August.  So, the newsletter special is a free half bar of our current limited edition soaps (Destinations or Perfume Counter).  There is a minimum order of $30 and only one free half bar is available per order. You must add the free half bar to your cart from the following link:
  • free half bar (if you are already logged into your GMS account)
  • free half bar (if you are NOT already logged into your GMS account) 
If you do not add the item, we have no way to know that you are a newsletter subscriber.  


Homestead Happenings

June was a crazy month around here because Emery and Fletcher spent two weeks in the mountains of North Carolina (Pisgah National Forest) on Outward Bound courses.

Emery did a backpacking and rock climbing course, while Fletcher did a backpacking and white water canoeing course.  Jim did Outward Bound when he was a teenager and Brett and Colter each did a course four years ago.  


 


If you are unfamiliar with Outward Bound, it is not survival training.  Instead it is leadership training and we have been very impressed with the program.  It is not a Christian program, so for our family, it is a chance for the children to spend two weeks out of our home, in an environment which is completely foreign to them with other teenagers that they've never met.  It's a real chance for them to see if the values they have been taught are something they truly believe themselves and how they can live that out away from home.

While it was an incredible experience for the two of them, it was also an opportunity for the rest of us to appreciate all that they do around the farm!  June was accordingly a very busy month for the rest of the family as we were doing their jobs as well as our own.

Other than missing Emery and Fletcher, we spent a lot of time enjoying a litter of new baby bunnies!

 

The baby bunnies have been favorites of Indigo & Jade, as well as many tour groups!

And of course, it's gardening time.  As many of you know, we grow much of our own food.  That means lots of time spent planting, weeding, and harvesting (which is of course the best part).

We grow tons of basil.  We use it to eat fresh with our garden tomatoes, but most of it gets turned into pesto.  Pesto is used in everything from soups, to pasta, to casseroles. But we really love to mix it with the plain chevre and eat it on sourdough baguettes with tomatoes. 



I usually trellis my cucumbers, but I've not been super pleased with the harvest (they seem to dry up more), so I've moved them to this bed and we'll see what happens without training them to the trellis.  It will be harder to harvest, but the children love a challenge!  Most of them go out and grab a cucumber and eat it before they get back to the house, anyway.  (Me, I love to slice them up and dip them into red pepper hummus.)



We also moved our blackberries this year.  They got too crowded where they were and I wanted to use the raised beds for other stuff.  Most of them survived the transplanting pretty well.  Blackberries (in my opinion) are the absolute easiest fruit to grow.  They're nearly impossible to kill and they just keep making more blackberry plants!!



I've also re-seeded Swiss chard.  Our spring crop was bolting (setting flowers), so it was time for a new crop.  Swiss chard gets added to nearly every meal around here.  I just chop it up and freeze it, so I can add a handful to whatever I'm cooking.  I don't think my children realize there is such a thing as soup without swiss chard in it! LOL



These are two of my 4 potato beds.  The sweet potatoes are in the foreground and the regular potatoes are in the background.  We grow hundreds of pounds of potatoes and eat them year-round.  I'm out of 2015 regular potatoes and can't wait to harvest this crop! But I still have 2015 sweet potatoes to finish, so we're doing a lot of cooking with them.  



Dinner tonight as I write this newsletter is in the oven - stew with grass-fed beef, garden carrots, sweet potatoes, and red onions.  I do add store-bought celery (one thing I haven't tried to grow on my own) and cover it in tomato juice. Normally I just season it with salt, pepper, garlic and a little basalmic vinegar.  But this time I added curry powder to it. We'll see what the family thinks!

Working in the garden is a lot of work, but it's important to me that the children know where their food comes from and that all vegetables are not created equal.  What kind of soil food is grown in makes a huge difference.  We are constantly amending our soil with goat and rabbit manure.  I also periodically add minerals to the soil as well.

Nothing makes me happier than to see the children outside, eating their lunch directly from the garden!



Between our vegetable garden, berry garden, goat milk, goat cheese, fresh eggs, sourdough bread and bagels, and the grass-fed cow we purchase each year, we know where the vast majority of our food comes from.



 
As always, we thank you so much for all of your support of our family and our business!

The Jonas Family
Jim, PJ, Brett, Colter, Emery, Fletcher, Greyden, Hewitt, Indigo, and Jade


 
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