Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ramping Up the Soap Business

I had a great day at the Oriental Farmer's Market on Saturday. I sold out of Bee Balm and Insect-Repellent Lotion Bars, not to mention selling a lot of soap and some lip balm too. My inventory is at the lowest it's been in a long time. Time to get to work! Thankfully, I already have two batches of soap at home, cured and ready to sell next week.
the soap scents in these new batches
I'm also out of plantain salve, so I picked some new plantain leaves, and they're now infusing into the oils I use in the salve.
It looks like something from the murky deep.
I keep my various body care recipes in the back of my handwritten cookbook. It was given to me as a wedding present 28 years ago.
I'll be making that salve, scented bath salts, lotion bars, and bee balm this week. I'll be ready for those customers on Saturday!
I've also been saving seeds as some of our garden plants go to seed. Here I'm saving radish seeds.
I also saved peas, spinach seeds, and some  Matt's Wild Cherry tomato seeds.
I sold four packages of tomatoes and four cucumbers at the market. We have so many tomatoes coming in.
My tiger lily bed has been just stunning. I failed to take a photo of it, but I did cut many of the blooms for a huge bunch in a vase for church today. They were gorgeous.
Adam and I returned home this evening from town to find chicken feathers in two spots in the pasture. It looks like Ruby became an escape artist and is on the loose. But there's no chicken carcass, and the dogs are not going crazy, barking at a barn bay or up a tree. And there's not enough feathers to indicate any real carnage. We don't know where Ruby is. She's not responding to my cooing calls of love and treats. I hope she turns up. Adam locked up the dogs tonight, and we're hoping we find her strutting around in the morning. We'll see. She's my best layer, and I do hate to lose her.


  1. Chocolate coffee soap! Yum! :)
    I'm glad to hear that you're selling lots of goodies at the farmer's market. Soap making sounds so satisfying. You're working hard! Have fun!

  2. Insect repellent lotion bars sound such a good idea. I could have really used some when I went to Crete many years ago. The mosquitoes were enormous and more numerous than native Cretans. Ouch.

  3. I hope Ruby is okay. Wow! Look at you go with all the soap sales! Yay, MK!
    How lovely to also sell farm produce. YOU are a busy bee yourself!


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