REEDSVILLE — If you love goats, Floppy Ear Farm in Reedsville might be worth a visit. Not only can you buy a range of products made from goats milk, you can actually meet the goats they come from.
Christine Kocourek, owner of the farm, makes soaps, lotions, candles and more from goats milk. She usually sells the products at farmers markets, but this past year has been extremely different, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re largely driven by events," said Christine Kocourek, owner of Floppy Ear Farm. "Normally we do 100 events a year, and everything was canceled.”
She started making changes to help keep business going strong.
“On the plus side, not having as many events does allow us to focus on experimenting with more recipes here at home, opening up the farm so people can come and visit with our animals," said Kocourek. "I think that’s what differentiates us from a lot of other soap-makers is that the milk is actually coming from our farm.”
Customers can now browse the products at the farm or place orders online and over the phone to pick up.
“We’ve been really flexible," said Kocourek. "Whatever they feel comfortable doing, and I think they’re happy that we’re trying.”
Kocourek allows visitors to pet and feed the animals in the big barn. If you’re lucky, you might even get to hold or bottle feed a baby goat.
“You get to see everything in a happy setting and we have and we have so many different animals," said Kocourek. "It gives you a diverse range and they’re all friendly, so you don’t have to worry about losing your finger."
Floppy Ear Farm is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.