Farmers in the Winter

Being a small 5.5 acre vegetable truck farm is focused, hard work from April through November.  But what does  Brickyard Farms do December through March?  Diversify.  We are not only farmers, but artisan soap makers.  We are busy making our soap products in the winter so our inventory is ready to go when our growing season starts up again. Our line of quality products includes, bar soap, liquid foamy soap, lip balm and our very popular night creme.  All our products are completely natural and made with all vegetable oils.  We have been concerned with the cumulative effects of the cosmetics industry’s chemicals on our permeable skin.  Our soaps are handcrafted in small batches, using a blend of olive, castor, coconut, palm and soybean oils.  Next we add natural coloring, fragrance and/or essential oils, and a variety of defoliants,  from spearmint leaves to cosmetic clays and oatmeal.  Our soap bars are naturally soothing and beautifully simple.

Our foamy soap is made without the commercial brands’ additions of foam stabilizers, chemical emulsifiers, surfactants and thickeners.  It also does not include the potentially dangerous antibacterial agents found in most foaming soaps on the market today.  Our foaming soap contains only vegetable oils, potassium hydroxide (this with the oils is actually what ‘makes’ soap), borax (a neutralizer), and fragrance.  You will love its silky, luxurious lather.  It is packaged in a reusable pump bottle and comes in Zesty Lime, Lavender, Lemongrass and Peppermint.  We also have 22 oz refill bottles that fill the pump 2.5 times.

The cold Michigan winters are wicked on our lips, so we developed a soothing lip balm that has Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Beeswax and Essential Oils.  Unlike commercial products that contain petroleum in some form, our lip balms stay on the lips and don’t have to be applied constantly for the results you want…..soft lips!  We offer them in four delicious flavors:  Raspberry, Vanilla-Banilla, Mint and Tangerine.

Finally, our night creme.  To say it’s simply amazing would not be an exaggeration.  A combination of distilled water, organic shea butter, hydrolyzed oats, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, extracts of comfrey, Calendula, arnica and plantain, along with optiphen (a paraben-free and formaldehyde-free preservative).  An all natural and highly effective moisturizer that is wonderful anytime of the day.

So we may be past the growing season, but Brickyard Farms is always busy, with something simmering in the kitchen or being made to soothe the skin.  We love what we do and we do what we love.  Did I mention we are also making beer?  It all started…………

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About basicswithatwist

Kim Sanwald is co-ower of Brickyard Farms, LLC in Cloverdale, Michigan, with her life-partner Valerie Lane. She is the author of essays, short stories and poetry, and has been published in Voices of Michigan/Volumes 1 & 2, and Encore Magazine. She has facilitated writing workshops in such venues as the Weber Retreat & Conference Center and GilChrist, Fetzer’s Retreat Center. She continues to learn from life, their truck farm, and their two dogs, Bleu and Ella.
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5 Responses to Farmers in the Winter

  1. Eliana Elias says:

    I can’t wait to read your book, Kim. You are capturing the spirit of Brickyard farms with such detail! It makes me want to take a plane and visit you and Val RIGHT NOW!
    Thanks for the soaps you sent us. They are fantastic. The kids are well and they both miss you and Val.
    Eliana

    • I’m so glad you found us! I’m having quite the learning curve with all of this, but having a great time doing it. The book should be out in late March. The book cover design should be finished next week. We miss you all and hope to connect this year. Thanks so much for your kind words.
      Kim xo

  2. Just found your site via a Facebook friend, and am really enjoying it. I love what you’re doing, and if I was nearby (I’m in the UK), I’d be queuing up for some of that night cream!

  3. Jude says:

    Fun blog. Really impressed with your photos. They enhance your info so much. Keep up the good work.

    Jude

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