Daisy May Essentials with Cindy Snyder & Jan Bennett, Anamosa

How did your business get started?
We moved to a small acreage in Anamosa two years ago. We had horses and were looking for a nice pasture for them. When we moved here, we had a bunch of wild roses in our pasture. Researching how to get control of them without chemicals, we found that they are a goat’s favorite food so we bought a couple! Daisy, our female goat had a baby in the spring that year and still had milk so I learned how to milk her. I did some research and found many uses for our goat’s milk and decided to experiment with the soaps. After many tries, we came up with a formulation we liked and did a little deeper research on lotion. There are a lot of recipes online for these products but ours is not out there – it is truly one of a kind.

Why do you use goat’s milk in your products?
We drink the goat’s milk and it’s very nutritious, but unfortunately we cannot sell it to others due to Iowa laws. Goat’s milk also has many skin benefits due to the high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation due to its fat molecules. Goat’s milk is packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body.

How many goats do you have, and what’s your best story about the challenges of raising goats?
We have 11 mature goats and just ended our kidding season, so we now have four sets of twins and one single: six girls and three boys. We have bred for miniature goats, so our goats are not big. The biggest challenge is keeping them inside the fence. We will look outside and see all these goats in the front yard! You think you have everything secured and … nope, there they are again.

What’s your most popular product?
Our most popular product is the Goats Milk Lotion. We hear so many wonderful stories from people about how it has helped with skin conditions that have troubled them for years! We love to hear those stories. It just keeps us going, knowing we are helping others.

Stop by and visit with Cindy & Jan this week, but you can also find Daisy May Essentials at the summer Farmers’ Market on May 2nd near the corner of 11th & Iowa Streets and shop for products online!

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