Soapy Goat offers skin-care products at downtown Grand Junction farmers market
WHAT: Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market
WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Third through Seventh streets along Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction
COST: Free to attend
Laurie Clark, of Clifton, originally used goat milk to feed her children. Now that her kids are grown, she makes skin care products called Soapy Goat. Check out her wares at downtown Grand Junction’s farmers market.
“The benefit to using goats’ milk is it has enzymes, proteins and minerals that are more nourishing that regular soaps,” Clark said. “The lactic acid helps skin problems like eczema or psoriasis. It stops the dead skin cells from growing and helps reproduce healthy skin cells.”
According to Clark, she began researching and making soaps using goat milk in 2000. Then she began attending craft shows and giving her soap as gifts.
Soapy Goat eventually turned into a full-time business selling soap, lotions, body butters, bath bombs, lip balms, lotion bars and sugar scrubs.
Clark’s business originated in Ignacio, Colo., but she moved to Clifton to be close to more farmers markets. She currently has nine milking goats, and she produces and packages Soapy Goat products in her kitchen.
“Our agricultural industry is the most diverse in the state,” said Robin Brown, downtown Grand Junction’s farmers market organizer. “Soapy Goat is a great example of that diversity because, instead of food products, they make body care products from their own goats milk. It’s a great addition to our market, which is all about promoting our ag industry.”
IF YOU WANT TO SHOP
Goat-milk soaps are $4.95 per bar and come in a variety of scents like lavender, cucumber melon and honey almond.
Lotions available include hand cream, body butter, and goat milk lotion. Body butter and goat milk lotions come in “honey almond” or “oat, milk and honey.” Body butters cost $20 and goat milk lotions cost $16. Hand creams come in “coco mango” or “chamomile and baby powder” and cost $8.
Bath bombs cost $2.50 for a small or $6 for a large. Scents include lavender and lemongrass.
Clark’s Soapy Goat stand sets up at the 600 block of Main Street at downtown Grand Junction’s farmers market every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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