Local, Seasonal, Personal.
The rising sun breaks up a sleepy fog that blankets the land, causing roosters to crow, chickens to stir in their coops and goats to bleat as a new day begins on Stone City Farm. Kathleen Nece is the owner of Stone City Farm, a family business that produces all-natural goat milk soap on their picturesque property, just south of Olympia in Tenino, Washington.
After a close friend developed a sensitivity to certain skincare products, Kathleen read the ingredients of a soap her and her family had been using and was surprised at the number of chemicals. In her search to find something more natural and safer for her family, she decided to try her hand at soap-making. Kathleen’s homemade soaps became so popular among friends and family that she decided to turn her hobby into a business, and in 2013, Stone City Farm was born. All of their soaps are made from a mixture of milk from their goats raised on their farm, olive oil, coconut oil, castor, oil, Fair Trade palm oil, beeswax, and essential oils for scent or exfoliating ingredients.
Goat milking, oil mixing, pouring, curing, cutting and wrapping soap can be a long and tedious process, but the final product is worth the effort. “Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it absorbs 80% of what it comes into contact with,” says Kathleen. “So starting with the basics of what you’re washing yourself with is really important to me.”
In addition to making soap, Stone City Farm also offers handcrafted wood gift boxes, teak soap decks and spa cloths, all produced by Kathleen and her family. The quality of every product that comes from Stone City Farm is a testament to the passion and commitment the family has to making their small business work. Their motto, “Love my goats! Love my soaps!,” says it all.
You can find Stone City Farm’s craft table at Pike Place Market seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and online at stonecityfarm.com.