I’m Karen Turner and I was raised up by parents who grew our food. As a child I didn’t see the value, but my ideas changed as I got older. When I needed to stay home with our son who has special needs, I decided to try to raise as much food as I could. My sporadic gardening took a serious turn. One son wanted chickens, so we added those.
After my cancer diagnosis, I cut out most processed foods and added dairy goats to our little homestead. I dabbled in soap making until I developed the perfect recipe. My daughter, Kristen, joined me in building our goat milk soap business in 2015 and we began selling at the Maryville Farmers’ Market. She added lotion, goat butter sugar scrubs, body butter and is working on other projects as well.
This year we’ve added a greenhouse tunnel and are learning to grow produce in all seasons. While Kristen and I (along with Kristen’s children) are who people see at the farmers market, everyone in the family helps when needed on our homestead. I’ll add a shoutout to my husband Carl, who does the heavy lifting and helps on my never-ending projects.
We will be back at the Maryville Farmers’ Market this year with your favorite goat milk soap and other skin care products, as well as free range eggs and produce. We hope to see you there this Saturday April 23rd 8:30-11:30AM!