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Jenness Farm a Delightful Shopping Experience
By Penny Williams   3-27-14

There’s not much that’s cuter than baby goats, and a visit to Jenness Farm in Nottingham this spring provides a chance to see plenty of cute goat babies, as well as an extensive collection of handmade goat’s milk soap and other body care products.

 

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Ruby holding Evelyn, and Quinn holding Abi.

Jenness Farm is a working goat farm nestled in the Nottingham hills, and uses goat’s milk from its herd to craft a variety of soaps, body, beauty, and home products.

Visitors are greeted by a pen filled with curious and friendly goats, joined by a turkey and assorted chickens and guinea hens. The goats in particular respond to being petted, and farm and business owner Peter Corriveau has named each one of them. They are working goats, producing the goat’s milk that is the basic ingredient in his soaps and other products - but they are obviously family as well.

 

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The Jenness Farm store was converted to a baby goat nursery.

Corriveau was looking forward to a big batch of baby goats this spring, and he wasn’t disappointed. The babies were named and each set, twins and triplets, has its own playpen, where the goats excitedly greet visitors by standing on their hind legs and making sounds to attract attention and get a few pats. As they mature, they will be moved from their playpens in the retail store to the barn area underneath.

 

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Quinn, 7 years old, holding Abi only 6 days old.

 

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Ruby, 10 years old, holding Evelyn only 5 days old.

Corriveau is a busy but dedicated farmer, personally milking each of his goats twice a day and feeding the babies himself. He makes his soap in his 1800s farmhouse kitchen.

Corriveau said he puts as much as possible of the pure goat’s milk into each of his 90 varieties of soap so as to provide the maximum skin support. His soaps are creative and handcrafted and are all natural. Among the scents are: Victorian Lavender, Apricot Freesia, Chamomile, French Vanilla, Honeysuckle, New Hampshire Lilac, Sandalwood, Wild Rose, and Vermont Maple.

 

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Assorted bars of Goat Milk soap

Some of the soaps are naturally colored with herbs and spices, and occasionally he uses non-irritating ultramarines or pigments for coloration. The soap contains only pure essential oils or fragrance oils and some varieties are unscented.

 

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Molded Goat Milk soap bars

Each bar of soap is hand crafted, hand cut, and hand packaged, and Corriveau describes each as a unique work of art. No tallow or lard are used.

The Jenness Farm goat herd includes mixed breed dairy goats and Arapawa goats, a rare breed Corriveau is working to help conserve. He has three Arapawa does and two bucks and makes a special Arapawa soap to support the preservation of this species, which originated in New Zealand.

 

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Sachets, toner and astringents.

But soap is not the only product from Jenness Farm. The farm also sells hand cream, herbal deodorant, body spritzer, dry body oil, body lotion, and baby products, as well as lip balms, foot creams, nail and cuticle butter, natural foot spray, peppermint foot scrub, natural lavender laundry soap, sachets, linen and room spray, soy candles, insect repellant and poison ivy relief lotion. Many of these products also use goat’s milk.

 

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Goat Milk Body Lotion

“Everything I sell is made from scratch on site. The soap is the biggest part of my product line but everything else complements the soap,” he said. “I also have some products from other local businesses for sale such as barbecue sauce, maple syrup and jams and jellies.”

Corriveau and his ex-wife started the farm in 2001. He tore down an original barn and built the present barn that now houses his retail shop on the upper floor, while the lower floor is home to his herd of goats.

Now that he operates Jenness Farm alone, Corriveau said his work schedule is 24/7.

“I milk between eight and 10 goats routinely twice a day, and I am feeding the 14 baby goats four times a day at this point,” he said.

He is assisted by a part-time staffer who helps with production, marketing, social media and the retail shop, and a high school student who cleans the stalls and tends to general animal care.

Jenness Farm is open to the public year round, with the retail shop open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

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The goats stripping the tossed out Christmas Tree

He offers additional hours around Christmas and when the goat babies are born in the spring. “In the spring and fall I have an open house where I invite people to come and visit and see what a working farm and small business looks and feels like,” he said. “One day, some of the visitors actually got to see a birthing. They were here when one of the ladies gave birth and that was exciting for them.”

Corriveau uses Facebook to help connect his customers to his farm and business. He said he has 2,700 followers but when he posted the baby goat pictures recently, he had 12,000 postings.

“I ship all over the country,” he noted. “It is a 24/7 business but I have a good work ethic instilled in me by my dad, and I don’t think I could work for someone else.

“I know I wouldn’t trade what I have and what I do for anything,” he said of his farm. “This is a well established business and my intention is to keep it going and growing.”

 

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Madeline, 8 years old, from Brentwood getting a goat kiss.

 

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One set of twins napping after eating.

While orders are welcome via www.jennessfarm.com, it’s worth a visit to the farm when the retail shop is open. The babies may no longer be in their playpens but they will be down in the barn with the grown-up goats and are a treat to visit.

Jenness Farm is at 77 Garland Road in Nottingham, phone 942-8051.

To watch as the baby goats grow visit the Jenness Farm Facebook page .

 

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The resident farm yard tom turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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