Goat Milk Stuff
Thanks for taking the time to keep up with Goat Milk Stuff!  The newsletter special for this month is a free half bar of soap with a $30 minimum order (please follow the directions at the end of the newsletter).

Here's what is new this October…

Limited Edition Soaps

The limited edition soap scents for this month are Candy Corn, Cranberry, Pumpkin, and Spearmint Lime.  Candy Corn is one we've never tried before, so let us know if you like it.  Colter had fun coloring it!

We also have limited quantities of Cider Press, Dragon Blood, Evergreen, and Peach available while supplies last.  

Activated Bamboo Charcoal Soap

We have another batch of Activated Bamboo Charcoal available now.  We are considering making this a permanent soap, so if that is something you'd like to see, you need to let us know.  We will determine whether or not to make it permanent based on the feedback we receive.

Farm Tours

The Fall is a great time to come out and visit the farm.  We're working on integrating "taste testing" our milk, cheese, and other dairy food products into the tour.  We love getting to meet people and share our goats and our farm, so if you're going to be in the neighborhood, we hope you can come for a tour.  You can find the tour information on our website or sign up for a tour yourself.

Goat Milk Fudge

We are having very mixed feedback on our goat milk fudge trials.  In fact we're getting polar opposite reviews - people either love it or hate.  We've had a few comments that the fudge tastes like soap.  Even though the fudge is made and packaged in a separate building, it does come into the soaproom to be shipped out.  We are currently implementing several ideas to ensure to the best of our ability that the fudge doesn't pick up any soap scent.  We'll continue to be making (and offering) trial batches of fudge until we are able to get a consistent product that everybody loves!

Grade A Dairy

Thank you so much for everyone who prayed for our State inspections.  They were a success and we are now a Grade A dairy!  That means that we are now able to sell our goat milk cheese, yogurt, drinkable yogurt, kefir, and pasteurized milk.  We did discover that we are not allowed to ship yogurt, kefir, or milk outside of the state of Indiana until we get our IMS (Interstate Milk Shipper) approval.  We are working on getting that approval, but are pleased that we are able to ship our cheese now.

I was so excited about our approval, I got a "selfie" with our dairy inspectors!

Goat Milk Cheese

We are now selling our goat milk cheese (chevre) in our Scottsburg retail room.  You can come and pick it up anytime during store hours.  We are waiting for our labels to arrive and then we will be able to ship the cheese as well.  Expect to see cheese available on our website by the second week of October.  Those labels better arrive soon - we've got lots of cheese to share with everyone!

Pasteurized Goat Milk and Drinkable Yogurt

Both of these items will be available in our Scottsburg store by the second week in October.  Once we receive our IMS approval, these will be available in limited quantities on the website as well.

Homestead Happenings

September was a busy time for the Jonas family.  We started the month with our annual vacation to Topsail Island in North Carolina.  We rent a house with Grandma and Poppy and enjoy the fact that the rates go down 50% when everybody else goes back to school.  It's perfect for homeschoolers - in fact we had multiple homeschooling neighbors this year!

When we came back we jumped right into farm life.  It is breeding season and the goats are all in breeding pens with their "chosen" buck.  The bucks are very protective of their girls.  They're also very curious and friendly.

We're going to start pregnancy testing the does soon and hope that everyone comes back positive and is already bred.  It's a lot easier for all the goats to kid around the same time.  It's harder on the moms and the babies when they're born a month after the rest of the herd.

We also said good-bye this month to our favorite tree.  It's been the subject of many photos and we're going to miss it. 

We're not sure what killed it, but we were very sad to see it cut down.

The guy who cut it down for us was really super and "notched" the trunk so the little girls could make it to the top.

Other than that, everyone has been very busy learning how to meet the State requirements to maintain our Grade A dairy status.  It's mostly how we've always operated, but there are a few things that we've had to get used to.  But all the extra effort is worth it to be able to share our cheese and milk with people!

Newsletter Special

The newsletter special for this month is a free half bar with a minimum $30 purchase. 

To receive the free half bar, you must follow these directions:
1. Click on this "Free Half Bar" and add just one to your cart.
2. Order at least $30 worth of items.
3. No coupon is required (but you must have the "Free Half Bar" in your cart).

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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