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For the third year in a row, we are gearing up to sell our goat milk soap at the Charlottesville City Market’s Holiday Market.  It is a wonderful time of year.  Goat Milk Soap at Charlottesville City MarketThe City Market has lots of vendors–food, jewelry and holiday craft vendors as well as the produce and market vendors that are there all year long.  The air is crisp, and people are gearing up for shopping for Christmas and other winter holidays.  We, as usual, are up at the crack of dawn, getting the car packed up and ready to set up for a start time at the market of 8:00am.

Bob usually staffs the booth at the market, so you will most likely see him there talking about the wonderful benefits of goat milk soap for your skin and sharing about the ingredients and why the essential oils that we use are so much better for your skin than the chemical fragrance oils that some soap makers use.  He will also be happy to tell you about the personalities of the wonderful goats that produce the milk for our soaps or about the due dates of each of our does as we wait for them to grow babies.

Bob’s Charlottesville City Market Day Ritual

cortadoAt 5;00 AM, Bob gets up to enjoy his rich, deep, tasty cup of coffee.  His coffee drink of choice is a Cortado, which is equal parts espresso and steamed milk.  He likes a bit of syrup for flavor and then sits down for some music before starting his day.  This is a special time in the mornings that really helps him get charged up for the market and the business of his Saturdays.   He leaves our house for the market at 6:15, gets to Charlottesville City Market, and sets up the booth.  He sets out a few bars of goat milk soap of each scent, sets out our shaving soap and sets, and then decorates. Then, he is ready to go for the day.  That is when he goes around and visits with the other vendors before all of shoppers start to arrive.

Bob’s Meet and Greet

If you only knew Bob 30 years ago, you would wonder if he is the same guy.   He used to be a bit of an introvert, and he was definitely not one to go looking for people to speak to, but now, the City Market is truly one of his favorite times of the week.  He simply loves to visit with the other vendors and customers as well.  You will find that his face is almost always smiling, and he will talk to anyone  about anything. Just get him started and see……

See you at the Charlottesville City Market every Saturday between now and Christmas from 8:00am  to 1:00pm at 100 Water Street at the top row of the market furthest from Market Street. 

Giving Thanks

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thanksgiving dinner 2015

What a beautiful Thanksgiving Day we have here in Crozet, Virginia at Wynott Farm.  In America, it’s been easy for many of us to take a lot for granted.  Historians offer different accounts of the origins of Thanksgiving. None of that matters for us today.

We have our own enemies, fears, and daily struggles.  Like the Pilgrims, and the Native Americans, we can choose to give thanks, or not.  We can choose to honor those we might not be comfortable being around, or not, including of course, our own family.

From us at Wynott Farm, having completed two years in business, we want to express our deep gratitude to the retailers who have partnered with us in offering our soaps in their stores.  So, thank you to our friends at Whole Foods, Foods of All Nations, Rebecca’s Natural Foods, Integral Yoga, Michie Tavern, Parkway Pharmacy, Carter’s Fruit Stand in Afton, the Crozet Artisan Depot, Meadowbrook Pharmacy, the Virginia Shops, Cranberry’s Grocery of Staunton, the Cheese Shop in Stuart’s Draft, Grandma’s Pantry in Harrisonburg, Virginia Born & Bred and Cool Springs Organics in Lexington, and Good Foods Grocery in Richmond.  We also want to thank our vendor friends and the management team at the Charlottesville City Market, where we first began to offer our soaps.

As thankful as we are to have wonderful people and friends at the venues mentioned above, without our customers, we would not be in business.  So today, we also want to thank our customers.  We don’t know many of you who buy from the retailers selling our soaps, but we thank you just the same, and we would love to hear from you.  Meeting our customers, and hearing how much they value and love our soaps is so rewarding.  Just yesterday, Bob took a call from a man in Connecticut who wanted some help ordering through our online store at wynottfarm.com.  He said, “A week or two ago, we were at the City Market in Charlottesville, and bought a few of your small bars.  We really like your soap, and would like to buy more.”   So, to all of our customers, a heartfelt thank you!

To our friends who follow us through Facebook or Instagram, who have liked us or chosen to follow us, to read about our wonderful goats, and soaps, who have perhaps read our blog posts, and shared us with your friends, thank you too!

So, like the colonists, and th20151120_081614e Native Americans, today is a day for putting aside differences, for stepping out of our comfort zones, to care more about others than ourselves, and to express our thanks and appreciation for them, and for
our Creator, the giver of all good things.

 

 

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As far as posting on our blog, we have been pitiful.   We sure enjoy our goats, but are not very good about writing about it.  Right now, we are getting ready to breed for March babies (if our plans work any way.)  We have 2 new bucks and are really looking forward to seeing what our pairings will produce.  Two of our bucks are young so we will see if they are successful, but Pogo will be happy to act as clean-up if the breedings do not take, I am sure.  He is currently a VERY stinky boy.

We have gotten into soap making lately and now sell Wynott Farm, Goat Milk Soap.  Now that is fun.  We have gotten much better at making it so that we can produce a batch in just 1 1/2 hours with about 55 bars to show for our time.  More about that at another time although you can feel free to contact us if you are interested.