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We are so excited about the Arts & Ag Tour which is coming up May 22nd -May 23rd. The Arts & Ag Tour has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition in Hickman County, Tennessee. This special event is a two day, self-guided tour of Hickman County’s scenic back roads with over 24 stops along the way. Each stop features a combination of farming, art, music and southern hospitality. Taking the Arts & Ag Tour is completely free! You can pick up a free copy of the beautiful, full-color Arts & Ag Tour Guide at Wild Duck Soup Emporium on the Centerville Square or download the digital version from the Arts & Ag Tour website.
Tottys Bend Soap Farm is going to be Stop #11 on the Tour. Visitors will be able to tour our small farm where we raise registered Nubian dairy goats. Our milk parlor will be open for visitors to see where Nate hand milks our goats each morning. Folks will learn all about our sustainable farming methods and how we make small batches of handmade goat milk soaps using milk from our own goats. Our friend Miss Pam will be at our farm to offer hands-on goat milking demonstrations. She will also have a booth with her Star Brite soaps for sale.
Just a short ways up from us on Tottys Bend Road are two more stops on the Arts & Ag Tour. Stop #12 is the Tottys Bend Community Center. This historic building once served as the community schoolhouse. It is also said to be the location of the longest running regular potluck in the United States. Members of the Tottys Bend Community Center have been gathering for a potluck dinner on the second Tuesday of the month for over 40 years. Their monthly potluck is open to non-members as well. During the Arts & Ag Tour visitors to the Tottys Bend Community Center can learn about the history of the building and its members. Light refreshments will be served. Tottys Bend Community cookbooks will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the upkeep of the building.
Duck River Rose is Stop #13 on the Arts & Ag Tour. This scenic rose farm is also located on Tottys Bend Road. Owners Larry and Connie Baird are award winning rosarians. They cultivate over 400 rose plants in addition to many other plant varieties. Visitors to Duck River Rose will enjoy a tour of the gardens which overlook the Duck River. Larry and Connie are happy to share information about rose care and how they became interested in roses. Larry will have his handmade garden stepping stones for sale.
The entire Arts & Ag Tour is a family friendly event. There will be a ton of arts and crafts for sale throughout the Tour as well as local, chemical-free produce, farm eggs, grass fed meats, and southern style plate lunches. We look forward to meeting new folks on the Arts & Ag Tour and hope many of you are able to take advantage of this once a year experience.
Our Duck River Rose soap is one of the very first scented soaps we made and it continues to be a favorite with our customers, especially this time of year. Here in Tennessee, we had an abundance of rain this April and just like the saying goes, May flowers are now in full bloom. The delicate scent of spring blooming roses is captivating and has become a symbol of love and beauty. Those qualities are what inspired us to create our very own rose soap. It took experimenting with several rose fragrances until we hit on just the right true rose scent for our Duck River Rose soap.
In addition to a true rose scent our Duck River Rose soap is infused with an all-natural rose clay. This clay is what gives our rose soap its rosy color. The clay we use in our rose soap gently draws out impurities in the skin which makes our rose soap a good facial bar. The clay also creates a richer lather with smaller bubbles which makes Duck Diver Rose soap good for shaving too!
Our rose soap got its name, Duck River Rose, from our neighbors Larry and Connie Baird who are award winning rosarians. They have a rose farm, with a view of the Duck River, a few miles from us on Tottys Bend Road where they cultivate over four hundred rose plants. You can tour their rose farm this May 22nd and 23rd during the Arts & Ag Tour. Our farm will also be open to visitors taking the Arts & Ag Tour. The tour is a free, self-guided event on the back roads of Hickman County, Tennessee. Stops on the Arts & Ag Tour will feature farms, art, and music as well as southern style food and hospitality. You can visit the Arts & Ag Tour website for more information.
Our Duck River Rose soap is as classic, and classy, as it gets. Imagine how the fresh spring air smells at Larry and Connie’s rose garden and you will have an idea of what this special rose soap smells like. Duck River Rose soap makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys true old fashioned scents with vintage style. We also make Duck River Rose body powder and Duck River Rose goat milk lotion. We make our rose soap and all the rest of our goat milk skin care products right on our farm in Duck River, Tennessee. Nate hand milks our small herd of dairy goats each morning. He weighs the milk and freezes it to use in every batch of our goat milk soaps. We pamper our goats so our customers can pamper their skin with our goat milk skin care products.
The Franklin Farmers Market is a special place where farmers and artisans from Middle Tennessee gather each Saturday to meet our customers and sell our wares. It is a producers only market which means that everything at market is grown or made in Middle Tennessee by the market vendors. We have a booth at the Franklin Farmers Market where we sell our handmade goat milk soaps. We have been part of the Franklin Farmers Market for over four years. It is a wonderful venue with a loyal following of customers who come out every week to support their local farmers and to purchase fresh, local foods and handmade wares. The Franklin Farmers Market summer season begins this Saturday at 8:00am and we are so excited to be there again!
We look forward to Saturdays at the Franklin Farmers Market because that is where we do our socializing and shopping for the week. This time of year we are able to get fresh strawberries, tender salad greens, farm eggs, goat cheese, local milk, meats and seasonal veggies. We have fun catching up with many friends we’ve met at the market. Some of our friends are fellow farmers like the Lingo family from Beaverdam Creek Farm who grow and sell chemical-free produce, organic corn grits and grass fed beef. We also have friends from the Franklin Farmers Market who are artists like Rockin’ Robbin. Robbin creates handmade jewelry that is inspired by her Texas roots. She also sells vintage cowboy boots!
Last year we enjoyed a fantastic summer season at our booth which was in the parking lot just outside the main shed. But this year we are happy to announce we will be in a new location beginning this coming Saturday. We are expanding our space at the Franklin Farmers Market and will be in two booths, side by side. The extra space will give our customers more room to browse, and to take their time smelling and looking at our large selection of goat milk soaps, lotions, body powder, shaving soaps, and lip balms. It will also give our customers room to stand while we process their credit cards. We are thrilled to run credit and debit cards at the Franklin Farmers Market, right on our cell phones. Being able to accept credit and debit cards makes shopping so much more convenient for our customers.
If you’ve visited us at the Franklin Farmers Market before please remember you won’t find us in our usual summer location. This year we will be in a 20 foot wide, white tent at the far end of the shed next to Rocky Glade Farm and Sue’s Flowers. Please stop by and see us if you are in the area. We love meeting our customers and making new friends at the Franklin Farmers market!