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New Year, New Project! Springdale Handmade January 15, 2016

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Happy New Year!  I know, long time, no blog post.  2015 was perhaps the most difficult year of my life, with my beloved mother’s unexpected passing in January.  Once things started to normalize again, my dad got really sick and spent a month in the hospital and rehab hospital, followed by lots of home care until he got back on his feet.  I didn’t get much gardening done, or cook anything for over a month, and so nothing noteworthy happened that I was excited enough to blog about.

With the new year, comes renewed hope and the evolution of a new project!  You all know that Springdale Farm is my home away from home, and many of the topics of blog posts past, have occurred because of cooking, smoking, canning projects and events that take place there.  Paula (owner/farmer) and I always have a project in the works, and we  had been making soap and body butters for quite some time, and keeping them for ourselves.  People had asked to buy them off and on for months, and we would just share.  Because we seem to be the “more is better” types, we had build up quite an inventory of soaps, with batches curing in boxes in every nook an cranny of our respective homes.

A few weeks before Christmas, we decided to make some labels, and put some soap and candles that I had been making, out at the farmstand.  The response took us by surprise, and shoppers wiped us out!    Soap takes time, so we scrambled to make some batches of body butter, which requires no cure time, for the next market.  A hit!  So we made some Grapefruit Sugar Scrub for the next market.  Shoppers bought it all.

So, we decided to keep it up, and have been developing all natural, seasonal, produce inspired soaps, utilizing parts of the produce that would typically be thrown away.  Ground up, dehydrated citrus peel makes a nice, gentle exfoliant and adds a lovely scent to soaps.  Herbs, produce tops and local honey are lovely additions as well.  The body butters, scrubs and candles complement the soaps.  We are having so much fun with it!


IMG_1965IMG_1957IMG_1947We have big plans in the works for Valentines Day, as well as some other really exciting things in the pipeline.  Please come see us on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00-1:00 at the Springdale Farm Farmstand, for your fresh produce and body products and candles!

If you’d like to keep up with what we are making, please follow us on Twitter @SpringdaleHM and/or like us on Facebook.

Feel free to contact us via email at

Happy New Year!





2 Responses to “New Year, New Project! Springdale Handmade”

  1. a.daniel Says:

    your fabulous packaging also helped dress up your products…congratulations…a fan on the l coast…(steph’s) auntie annie (gigi’s sister).

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