Sunday, December 30, 2018

Echo chainsaw is this girl's best friend

Had a lot of fun in the north pasture cutting down some gnarly trees....the goats enjoyed it too!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Item! Intense Moisture Cream now available

It’s Winter and with that comes dry skin.  Our new Intense Moisture Cream is the answer.  It has five times the amount of Shea Butter our lotion has.

Currently we have Peppermint, Honey Almond and Baby Talc available - our other fragrances will be available soon.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Honey Bees enjoying a warm day

We’ve had a few days now with temperatures getting into the 50’s.  It’s a nice change from the cooler than normal temperatures we had been having.  I was beginning to think Winter came early.  The bees took advantage of the warmer day and buzzed around....

Monday, November 26, 2018

Black Friday Sales - Extended!

Black Friday Sales on $5.00 lotions extended until December 1st!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Honey Milk Farms wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Black Friday Sale Starts Now! Limited quantities! $5 Lotions!

UPDATED!! BLACK FRIDAY SALE!  Starting early!  Hurry - Limited Quantities!

Honey Milk Farms Lotions - 8 ounces for $5  Sale ends Sunday November 25th at midnight! 

Want to know more about our lotions - visit our Soaps & Lotions page.

Monday, November 12, 2018

First Snow of the Season

It's snowing at Honey Milk Farms!  It's our first snow of the season.  The goats are tucked away in the barn and are content to stay there and just watch the snow.  The cows don't seem to have even noticed.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

"Black Friday" Specials

We're having "Black Friday" specials, but we are having them starting today for every weekend until Christmas.  Sale items are limited quantities, so once they are gone the sale is over.  Each weekend will have a new item!  This weekend we have 3.5 ounce Lavender soap for 99 cents! To order click on the link:   Honey Milk Farms On-line Store

Mother Earth News Fair - Topeka, Kansas

Mother Earth News Fair!  Day one - Before daylight after completing morning farm chores, I set out on the four hour drive from the Honey Milk Farms to Topeka, Kansas armed with lots of cold brewed coffee! 

Temple Grandin and Howard Garrett autographing books

Arrived at the Expocentre just in time to listen to the first of many great informative 
talks - Temple Grandin's "Improving Stockmanship."  Learn more about this amazing 
lady and her work with animal behavior, humane handling and research at

Leo Sharashkin

Next on the list, I attended several other amazing and informative talks that included 
Howard Garrett's "Natural Organic Pest Control,"  Dale Strickler on "Keeping 
Livestock Fed and Watered in a Drought," and Leo Sharashkin on "Natural Beekeeping 
that works."  There were so many to choose from only wish I could have heard them all!

In between talks I watched an amazing demonstration of working Border Collies 
by Mary Powell.

And then there were the exhibits and vendors .....

So many booths to see and visit.  

And then there was the bookstore.....

With great deals on books on just about everything.  Many of the author/speakers were on 
hand to autograph their books.  

Day two - I attended a hands on workshop "Mushroom Cultivation for Everyone" with 
Tradd Cotter who owns and operates Mushroom Mountain .  I learned so much about 
mushrooms and I can't wait to grow my own!  After the workshop, I again had to choose
between so many great presentations.  With only time for two, I attended "Choosing the
Right Worm Bin and Species for Vermicomposting" with Joanne Olszweski 
and "High-Performance, Off-Grid Chinese Greenhouses" with Dan Chiras.

A sampling of some of the wonderful stuff I brought back with me.....

Thank you Mother Earth News for an incredible experience!  I definitely plan on attending 
more in the future!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Danger! Giant Redheaded Centipede in the pasture!

Giant Redheaded Centipede
While doing some maintenance in the cow's winter pasture, I noticed Zena (Anatolian Shepherd) biting and snapping at something in the shorter grass.  Whatever it was had her jumping backwards after each snap.  Figured she had a snake and so I went closer to investigate.  It was no snake, but one of the most frightening-looking creatures I have ever seen up close and personal.  At the time I didn't know what it was or if it was poisonous.  Not taking any chances I scooped it into a bucket.  Mind you, NOT with bare hands! Good thing - after a little research, I realized just how bad this creature was.  It was a Giant Redheaded Centipede (GRC).  Also known by it's scientific name, Scolopendra heros.  The venom of the GRC is highly potent, extremely painful and can cause swelling.  The GRC is usually around 6-9 inches long - our "guy" is on the smaller end - a mere 6.5 inches (Note: length is approximate - didn't get that close for an exact measurement).  Each of the feet look like sharp daggers or fangs and can leave cuts in the skin which are irritated by the venom.  There are no "confirmed" human deaths due to the GRC's venom, but the GRC's bite can cause nausea, headache, skin necrosis, and in some extreme cases can cause kidney failure and heart attacks*. When GRCs get irritated or on alert the last two appendages rise into the air and can grab.  At first, I mistakenly took these as it's head.  The GRC likes to live under rocks or logs and eat small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.  Know enough now that this is one creepy crawly I don't want to tangle with - Thanks Zena for your ever watchful ever protective self!

*information from on-line source, Wikipedia

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Acorns are falling!

Honey Milk Farms Saanen and Sable goats
The acorns have begun to fall and the goats are loving it!  They literally race to the back of the property where it is mostly wooded and gobble the acorns as they fall. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mother Earth News Fair - Topeka, Kansas - October 13th and 14th

Today my passes/wristbands for the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, Kansas on October 13th and 14th arrived!  Beyond excited!  Sixteen days and a four hours drive away!  There are many amazing speakers on the Mother Earth News roster and two that I am especially excited about - Temple Grandin and Leo Sharaskin!  Little background - years ago, before owning cattle, we heard about Temple Grandin and her amazing low stress ways to handle cattle.  We bought her book, "Humane Livestock Handling," and watched the show based on her life.  Temple Grandin's methods are revolutionary and make working with cattle so much easier because we work "with" the cows not "against" them.  Highly recommend both the book and the movie - I will be giving a more in-depth review on the book and posting in the 'Book Review' page down the road.  Equally excited about Leo Sharaskin, editor of "Keeping Bees with a Smile."  Which is one of my top beekeeping books and has changed how we at Honey Milk Farms will be raising our bees.  Also a book I highly recommend and will be reviewing in depth at a later date.  

Friday, September 21, 2018

**NEW** Activated Charcoal Bentonite Clay Goat Milk Soap

One of our newest unscented soaps is now available on our on-line store - Activated Charcoal with Bentonite Clay!  Both Activated Charcoal (AC) and Bentonite Clay (BC) have amazing properties that detoxify and remove excess oils.  I have been washing my face twice daily with AC/BC soap for the past two months and I love it!   

For a limited time....we have 3 ounce bars specially priced at $2.00 a bar.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Four Season Harvest" Book Review

There is a new review on our the Book Review page - the "Four Season Harvest."  I have been using the book right now as I am planning and working on Phase I of our garden relocation.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Feeling like Fall!

This morning I sat on the back porch, drinking coffee and wearing a jacket! Temperatures in the low 60s and the overcast sky are just screaming FALL is right around the corner! Now, I can't remember when the last time or if there ever was a time I was wearing a jacket in the middle of September. While sitting there I noticed something dark moving in the south pasture amidst the brush. My first thought was "uh oh" coyotes are moving, which would have unusual, but the cooler temperature could be a factor. Within a few minutes, there were multiple dark moving creatures. Then, out in the open walks a beautiful giant Tom turkey and behind him several hens and a couple smaller Toms or perhaps Jakes (Jake another name for a male under a year old). They were quite a ways away, but I was able to get close enough for a photo before they sauntered off into the woods.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


We now have our Sensitive Skin in the 5oz bars available.  Our smaller bars are still on sale but going FAST!  See what's available by clicking on the link for the on-line store:
Honey Milk Farms on-line store

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hoof trimming - Buttercup gets a manicure

So my friends, Tadd and Kim, recently moved to some amazing acres out in the country.  They got a couple of llamas and then added a beautiful little donkey, Buttercup, and her adorable two month old baby, Nugget. 

Buttercup needed a manicure as her feet had been neglected by her previous owner.  Her front hooves had grown too long and then broke off in places.

Buttercup was patient for about all of ten minutes - just long enough for me to get one of the front feet clipped and rasped.  She wanted no part of us messing with the second front hoof and back feet were out of the question.  

First foot done, Miss Buttercup decided she had had enough and layed down on us.  Little did she know that wouldn't get her out of getting her other feet done.  It actually made it easier on all of us!  

After the trimming was done, Miss Buttercup got a good slathering of Hooflex on all sides and the bottom of her hooves.



Success!!! Buttercup's feet are in much better shape.  Tadd and I, well, let's just say Miss Buttercup is amazingly accurate in locating her targets and making impact with her strong hard hooves.  No real harm done and grateful Buttercup wasn't any bigger!  Thanks Kim for all the amazing photographs!! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lightning Strike!

 Lightning Strikes Tree 

So, after a little thunderstorm passed through, I looked out of my kitchen window.  I noticed one of the nearby trees looking quite odd.

It looked as if something had peeled off a section of bark the entire length of the tree - from the very bottom all the way to the very top  
Exploded Bark from Lightning Strike

Upon closer inspection - the bark was not peeled, it was blown off, we are talking EXPLOSION!  Pieces and strips of bark everywhere. 

The tree is less than 25 yards from the house and there were pieces of bark actually on the back porch.

Fun fact:  Lightning can cause temperatures in excess of 50,000 degrees F!  When it hits a tree as in this case, the extreme temperatures cause the sap in the tree to boil.  The pressure builds and voila - bark explosion.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Soap Sale!!

Time to stock up!  We are currently changing our soap.  Our soap will still be made with the same great recipe with moisturizing oils, Shea butter and milk from our Saanen dairy goats.  What's changing?  Our soap will now come in 5 ounce ovals.  So, we are discounting all of our soap inventory to make room for our new and improved soaps!  All soaps that have essential oils have been discounted to $2.75 and our unscented soaps and those with fragrance oil are now $2.50.  In addition, we have dropped our shipping charge to a flat $5.00 no matter how large the order.  Visit our online store to see what is available!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Woke up this morning to the sound of thunderstorms - Very Thankful!  Our grass was just beginning to get "crispy."  It's been a while since we had any rain of any real noticeable amount.  Only one inch in the rain gauge today, but we are thankful for every drop!  This time of year is normally a dry time, but lately it seems what little the rain has been nearby has gone either to the north or south of us.  It amazes me how the grass can look almost dead and with just a little rain, it springs back into new life.

It's so funny how differently the cows and goats react to rain.  The cows could not care less and actually act as if they like it.  The goats duck and hide, as if the rain will make them melt.  The first hint of rain and they are running for the barn.  Surprisingly, when we had the Boer meat goats, they didn't seem to avoid rain like the dairy goats do.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Still in the process of updating all the pages.  I added a new page - "Goat Milk" which contains some cool links to articles about the benefits of goat milk.  The 'About Us' page is now up to date! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Back on Board!

Very excited!  Spent a lot of time trying to get back up and running.  I'm technologically challenged so getting the website to do what I wanted was a feat!  I'll be updating the pages soon!