Thanks for taking the time to keep up with Goat Milk Stuff
! Here's what is new this June…
Limited Edition Soaps
This month's limited edition soap is Lavender Peppermint
which is exactly what it sounds like - a blend of lavender and peppermint essential oils. They are available while supplies last.
Last month's limited edition soap was gardenia
, which sold out in 2 days. This took us completely by surprise (we made the same amount last year and it lasted for 2 months). We have made more and it is currently curing. It will be ready next month.
We discontinued selling uncured soap logs over a year ago because of many different problems. We've had multiple discussions since then about how to fix these issues so that we can bring soap logs back. As a result of these discussions, we are completely changing the way we make and offer soap logs
These new soap logs are one half of the log that we use to make our full bars of soap. Each log is equivalent to 5.25 bars of soap. Instead of costing $34.12, the logs are available for $30, which is a 12% savings. Remember that these logs are uncured and not ready to use once they arrive. You will have to cut
the logs before using.
We are going to do a one month trial on soap logs
to see if this new method fixes some of the old issues. We will be adding soap log scents during the month of June as Colter makes batches of the different soaps. Depending on how the trial period succeeds, we will let you know in July whether or not we will regularly make logs available.
We are very excited to introduce our newest goat milk cheese - Ricotta
! These cheese makes the best Italian dishes - our favorites are lasagna and stuffed shells, but you can even use it to top a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
As an introductory special, you can get a 4 pack
or 8 pack
for half price during the month of June!
Lip Balm Flavors
A short while ago, we added three new lip balm flavors (Almond, Coconut, and Lime) to our regular lip balm line. We received such a great response, we decided to add 4 more new flavors! The new flavors are available in both original
and mango butter
and are Orange, Peach, Pina Colada, and Raspberry.
If we still don't regularly carry your favorite flavor, you can now have a custom batch of lip balms
made any time you would like. It does require that we make 10 lip balms in the same flavor. Flavors include blueberry, chocolate, grape, and any blend of flavors (e.g. lavender orange) that we stock that you can think of.
Every year for Father's Day, Jim blends a custom fragrance that smells like a far off place that is great to visit. From Havana, to Valencia, to Palermo, to Coral Gables, to Chamonix, Jim has had us all over the globe with these fatherly fragrances.
This year's "Destinations" soap is named for Acadia National Park in Maine. Nearly 30 years ago Jim was on Outward Bound near there and this month, Emery and Fletcher will be on their own Outward Bound courses. Acadia National Park has stunning natural beauty with woodlands, rocky coasts and mountain peaks.
Our "Destinations: Acadia
" soap has a scent that is reminiscent of a cool, moist forest with hints of salt air breezes and is light and refreshing. Book your trip to Acadia National Park for this summer, or at least get the soap so you can smell your way there in your shower.
Father's Day Gift Pack
This year we have a special Father's Day Gift Pack
with the "manly" scented Destinations soap
and a Bug Out Spray Trial
for all those Dad's who work outside. These are discounted to $6 for an easy Father's Day gift.
Father's Day Shipping
Father's Day falls on June 19th this year. Orders placed by midnight on Tuesday 6/14/16 are guaranteed to ship out on Wednesday 6/15/16. If the post office does its part, your order will arrive by the Saturday (6/18/16) before Father's Day.
With the Summer travel time nearly upon us, we encourage you, your family, and your friends to stop by our farm for a visit! Situated in the "Crossroads of America," we are usually an easy stop to add to your vacation, and have been very favorably reviewed by travelers on Trip Advisor
, and Yelp
Tours of the farm
continue to be very popular. So popular, that we have increased the number of tours we offer. Tours are now available Monday - Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm. Scheduled tours cost $12 per person (and you get a free bar of soap).
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 now spend an hour in the baby goat pen. We have more information and you can schedule your event at the Baby Goat Experience
We had our first birthday party
at our farm for one of our favorite young customers. (Love ya, Ava!) If you would like to have a birthday party or other small event at our farm, please reach out to us
and we'll be happy to work with you to make it happen.
Giveaways are back for 2016! This month we're giving away an outdoor pack which includes 1 bar of jewelweed soap, comfrey salve, and a large bug out spray. 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 Tracie Brackins who won the May contest and 25 sea salt caramels.
We have three discounted specials this month. The first is the discounted Father's Day Packs
that are available for $6 instead of $11.50 while supplies last.
The second special is $3 unbagged half bars
. Remember that these half bars are not labeled in any way.
The third special is half price ricotta cheese in either a 4 pack
or 8 pack
of ricotta. (This is only good for ricotta, not mix and match cheeses).
We have two major events that took place on the farm this month. The first is our switch from hand milking to machine milking
. We've hand milked our goats
since we got our first two (Melody and Sassy) in 2005. But as the farm has grown, and with our Grade A certification for our dairy, it was time to move to machine milking.
The new building is finally completed and looks beautiful!
With the new process, two people are able to completely milk ALL of the goats by themselves. They can do a group of 16 goats at a time in 7-10 minutes for each group.
The current schedule has Colter & Fletcher milking at 5am and Emery & Greyden milking at 3pm. This is working really well. The morning team has it a little rough since they have to wake up so early, but they are willing to do that because it enables the afternoon milking to be completed before track and cross country practice.
The second major event was the addition of some Nigerian Dwarf goats to our farm. Our Alpines (existing goats) are seasonal breeders, which means they only come into heat naturally in the Fall. This means that we don't have much (if any milk) during the month of January.
This is Goldie (female) and Redeemed (male). Goldie has not yet been able to have kids, so she's living with Redeemed to see if that makes a difference.
Nigerian Dwarf goats can be bred year-round. So we are going to see if we can use them to supply our winter milk. They don't give nearly as much milk as an Alpine, but we're going to try and see how it goes.
They look a lot different from my Alpines, which takes some getting used to, but the babies are super playful and beyond cute!
This is Pearl with her twin doelings - Black Pearl and Opal. Black Pearl will be going back to the breeder once she is weaned, but we get to keep Opal.
And this is Sarayu (we call her Sara) with her twin doelings - Comforter and Revelation. One of these is also going back to the breeder. The children are hoping to keep Comforter, but we like them both, so we will be happy either way.
We have 3 more does coming as soon as they are either confirmed bred or their kids are old enough to make the move to our farm.
Even if the winter milking doesn't work out, we're really enjoying having these goats here. Their smaller size is really nice for our baby goat experiences as well as for when we take baby goats to visit the nursing home.
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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