It all BEGAN with a goat…

Well, it began with a Marine, his lovely wife, and a therapy goat (to be precise).

After 21 years of service to his country, it was time for Joseph Bates to retire. Weary from his time in the service, and trying to overcome the medical issues that plagued him after two very trying battles with cancer, Joe decided to move his wife and kids to the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and start a small farm.

The goats (who are affectionately referred to as their kids) were originally purchased for Joe’s therapy, but they had hopes of making cheese from the goat milk. While it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, they ended up with much more milk than was needed for cheese production! Rather than waste it, they set out to find other creative uses for it. Shannon began tinkering with different recipes for lotions and body butters, and once perfected, she took her creations to the local farmer’s market.

It wasn’t long before they began getting repeat customers at the market, and that led to local stores carrying their products too. They’d sell out quickly and ask when they could expect more … and there began the business!

Welcome to the family!