published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Goats are baaaaack at Brainerd Farmers Market (June 15)

A child helps feed a baby goat.
A child helps feed a baby goat.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Brainerd Farmers Market will offer a "real farm experience" Saturday, June 15.

The owners of Dixie Soaps will bring goats Aphrodite and Hermione along for a milking demonstration at 11 a.m., as well as a 3-week-old bottle-fed baby goat that still needs a name. Market guests may submit name suggestions for a chance to win a $20 Brainerd Market gift certificate.

Dixie Soaps is owned by Bill and Becky Ensinger, who live and work on a six-acre farm in Dayton, Tenn., that focuses on sustainable farming methods. The Ensingers currently raise Alpine and LaMancha dairy goats, grass-fed beef, chickens, ducks and bees, as well as herbs, vegetables and fruits.

Becky Ensinger has raised dairy goats and farmed for 19 years. She began making soap as a way to use surplus milk and eventually began selling her soaps and other skin-care products. A line of baby-care products, Baby Olive, was inspired by their children, Laura, 2, and Elizabeth, 1.

The Brainerd Farmers Market, which features local farmers and artisans, is open from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday in the parking lot of Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave.

For more information, call 423-580-6281 or visit www.saygrace.net.

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