Ok, maybe not famous but we did hit the local paper. Here is the link to our article that was in the the Star Gazette out of Elmira, NY.
I really thought it was a nice piece on our farm, soaps, and goats but now that I am posted all over the internet and in print…I really wish I would have decided to put on a little make-up or something. Then again, this is what I normally look like when I am working on the farm.
In case the link doesn’t work for you here is the story….
Contented goats make for nice soap
Northern Tier farm finds side business in making scented soaps from their milk.
WELLSBORO — Francesca does flips.
Francesca is one happy 2-month-old goat, and she has good reason.
Her future is not on the barbecue, but on the milking stand, helping to turn out the product that is putting Bada-Bing Farm on the map (and Internet).
That’s goat milk soap, and the soapmeister is Amy Sciotti.
It comes in lots of scents. There’s honey-almond, lavender, jasmine, cedarwood, black raspberry-vanilla, eucalyptus-spearmint, cherry blossom, chocolate-covered cherries and sandalwood.
Happy camper blends citronella and eucalyptus, and Sciotti said it keeps bugs away.
“There’s patchouli,” she said. “Either you love it or you hate it. It’s kind of a ’60s thing. This spring, I’m working on a couple of new scents. Lilac. Cinnamon-vanilla. And butt-naked.
“Butt-naked is kind of a universal scent,” she said. “It’s kind of like a baby smells right after a bath.”
Bada-Bing Farm, just east of Wellsboro, is many things.
It’s financially challenged, like many farms.
Unlike many, it offers a diverse crop of products: handmade quilts, crocheted items, Suffolk sheep, afghans, dish cloths, table runners, wall-hangings and goats.
But goat’s milk soap rules. In fact, it won a blue ribbon at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
“We got our goats, and pretty soon, we had more milk than we knew what to do with,” said Sciotti, an emergency medical technician and part-time 911 dispatcher.
“I made cheese and butter and yogurt and ice cream, and we still had all this milk. Then a friend introduced me to the art of making soap, and I loved it.”
Making soap is time-consuming, but pretty easy, she said, mixing lye and goat’s milk and essential oils, heating and cooling and aging.
“My soap cures for six weeks,” she said.
“I don’t use any hardeners that would let me sell it in two days. I let it cure naturally. It comes out better that way.”
Goat’s milk makes the soap special, Sciotti said.
“Goat’s milk is very gentle on the skin,” she said. “My soap is extremely gentle.
“People who have skin conditions, like psoriasis, or just very dry skin use my soap just because it’s so gentle and moisturizing.
“It’s just good, old-fashioned soap,” she said. “There’s not a bunch of chemicals in it. The goat’s milk is the key.”
Maybe milk from contented goats helps, too. Coddled, even.
The goats raised by Amy and Vince Sciotti and their children, Mike and Katie, are treated gently and carefully. Bottle-fed as babies.
Goats came naturally to Vince, who was raised on a farm; less so to Amy, who grew up in Lancaster and Philadelphia. The idea to raise goats was Vince’s. The critters grew on Amy quickly.
“A lot of people ask me, ‘Why goats?'” Amy said. “Goats are a very personable animal. They can be used for everything from milk to fiber, from Angora goats.
“Goat meat is in extremely high demand right now, especially in ethnic areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, in Muslim communities and Greek communities and Italian communities. Downstate, you can find goat meat in the grocery stores.”
But you can’t find it at Bada-Bing Farm, where every goat gets a name at birth.
“I do not eat my goats,” she said. “My goats are part of the family. To me, it would be like eating the dog. We know we can’t keep them all, but we give them all names.
“They are extremely intelligent and affectionate,” Sciotti said. “They are clever. They know their names and they come when you call them.
“People say they stink or they will eat anything — tin cans. Those are just myths.
“The males only smell when they are in rut. They are picky eaters. If you have hay that has been on the ground, they won’t eat it.”
No one eats Sciotti’s goats. She sells them for pets, for breeders, for milk and for cart-pulling But not for meat.
“If it breathes, it lives,” Sciotti said. “That’s the way things are on this farm.”
This year, the goats produced 28 kids, Mike Sciotti said.
Nineteen remain at the farm, pushing the population there to about 45 goats. Some get to show off.
Clover, a female Nubian goat, was a champion at the Tioga County Fair.
“We also show them at other ag shows and the Farm Show,” Sciotti said.
Amy and the rest of the family sell their soap at festivals and fairs.
“We did the Laurel Festival last year,” she said. “That was the first big event. We just did fantastic.”
Now, the soap (and goats, quilts and lots of other stuff) are available online at www.badabingfarm.netfirms. com. While it lasts.
Seems demand is overtaking milk production.
Also a new home-based party business, similar in structure to Pampered Chef or Longaberger, wants to add Sciotti’s soap to its inventory.
That may force Bada-Bing to add to its goat herd.
“If that takes off, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Sciotti said.