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Packaging Updates

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We're excited to announce that we have partnered with the Topeka Zoo for World Oceans Day!!! It may not be until June, but it's got us thinking again about how we can better serve the environment and do even more to preserve the earth. We've always tried to keep the planet in mind when we choose our packaging,  and now we want to do more! We are looking into ways of making our product even greener and reducing the amount of plastic used in our packaging. Although we have always used Biolefin as our shrink wrap because it is biodegradable, we feel like it takes longer than we would like (7-8 months) so as the months progress we will be moving to more paper or reusable packaging. We are committed to finding sustainable solutions that protect our planet and will continue to strive towards more eco-friendly packaging. Thank you for being part of this journey!  The idea of sustainability is something we take seriously, so we've been investigating ways to help the environmen

Road Blocks, Detours, and A New Path.

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Imagine you are driving along merrily when a storm comes out of nowhere. You’re safe but also concerned and a bit anxious. As you trudge along the storm ebbs and flows, but suddenly in a flash, the bridge before you gives way, and you have to come to an unexpected stop. There’s no moving forward, and you can’t back up so you sit there idly, having no idea what to do. You pray it’s just a dream or that someone will come to your rescue and then realize that you and only you will have to find a detour to make it to the other side of this horrible situation. Detours are usually paths that you have never been on. They can be full of turns, hills, curves, lonely back roads, and sometimes full of quicksand. This is the best way to describe grief or at least mine. January 11th, 2007, I married the man of my dreams. I never once thought that years later, the kids and I would be living with him on the other side of life….eternal life. We started a large family, bought a large property, and start

Pallet Barn Build - DIY

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  Since it was our first year at the farm, we needed winter storage for our hay. Even though there are thousands of trees here, we still need to find one with dollar bills for leaves. Thus began the  build a barn from pallets  project. We found some places locally that were giving/throwing away perfect pallets. Even better, we found a place where the pallets were mainly the same size. This is particularly important when trying to build a structure from pallets. It makes the process significantly easier than having to match greens and yellows up to form a purple. Step 1 :  "Figurin" I needed to do some figurin about the size of what I needed to build. I wanted something that wasn't going to take forever but something that sufficed our current needs while accommodating our growing herd requirements. So I needed to get a grasp on what our hay requirements would be to get through the winter. This involved a little bit of math: area and volume calculations. Being a city boy, i

About Us

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  We are a family-run, and owned farm started in 2014. Thirsty Creek Ranch is home to LaMancha dairy goats, free ranged chickens, handmade Goat Milk Soap, Goat Milk Cheeses, and numerous farm-grown fruits and vegetables. Located in the old apple country of the Kansas countryside, we have a small orchard with apples, peaches, plums, and pears. We offer farm-fresh eggs and our line of  Goat Milk Soap ,  Goat Milk Lotion ,  and  Lip Butters .  We moved from the city to the country in search of a better environment to raise our family. Having spent the better part of our lives in the corporate world and living in various big metropolitan cities, we wanted a change. We felt God was calling us to a small city we had barely heard of. Who were we to argue?   Having started out on this new adventure, we quickly felt the desire to become more self-sufficient--in terms of providing more of our own food. What started as a trip to the local farm store, returning with a couple dozen chickens, has tu

Soap-Ward Bound

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  Soapward Bound As I look at the calendar, it reads The End of July. What it actually means is, it's almost Christmas. As in, it's two days before Christmas, and you have started Christmas shopping yet. Welcome to soap. If you're not ahead, you're late. Taking anywhere from 6 weeks upwards of a year to cure, soap is most definitely a.work.of.patience. But patience is rewarded. Much like wine, soap gets better with age. In preparation to ready ourselves for Fall, Winter and Christmas, we've been on a soap-making frenzy as of late. Soaps for Fall, soap for Christmas, soap restocks, and new soap fragrances. Soap here, soap there, soap everywhere. To phrase it, we're soap-ward bound. Here are some of the soaps we've been working on. We recently did an in-store soap-making demonstration making our  Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat Milk Soap . Had a good turnout and were able to show folks a bit of an inside look on how we make our soap. Another restock was  Avocado

Mabel's 2019 Babies

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  Mabel blessed the farm with two babies in 2019. 1 boy and 1 girl. Enjoy Mabel and Her Babies

2019 Kidding Season

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  2019 Babies In The Books 2019 Baby Season has come to end. Thanking God for another successful kidding season. This year we had no major issues other than a handful of does deciding to have their babies at.the.same.time. We were headed into work and got about half way there when the house called to let us know Charlotte was pushing. Lovely. Could have definitely been worse but, yeah, she waited until right after we left to go into labor. Goats. So, I told the wife I'd drop her off at the store and head back for baby delivering duties. The kids are more than capable of delivering babies but, I like to be present when possible.  Fig.1 - Go Kit With the wife running the store, I drive back to the farm and by the time I get there, the kids have Charlotte in the barn and have everything ready to go--towels, the "Go Kit", goat separated in a separate barn stall, toddy and grain ready for afterwards . Man, I love these kids something crazy. Charlotte is thinking about getting