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Welcome to the Tuesday Spotlight, dear reader. This week, our lavish and moisture-rich Honey Yogurt Bee Bar and Milk and Honey Moisturizer are on special exclusively on the website. You can save 25% on bars and jars of these delightful creations. Our Honey Yogurt Bee Bar is created with fresh goat's milk yogurt, which I make from the milk of our lovely nanny goats. The yogurt I make is clean and straightforward. I only use fresh goat's milk and organic yogurt enzymes. It takes twelve hours to make a thick, rich yogurt, but the lather it creates in our soap is worth every effort. We also include organic raw local honey in our bee bars, which helps create a thick, dense foam.


We begin each recipe with fresh, raw goat's milk—five pounds of milk go into each batch of our handmade soaps. We never use powdered milk or water in our soap recipes. Using fresh, raw milk as our liquid gives our products an unsurpassed quality and nourishing property. We then blend old-fashioned ingredients like lard for hardness, coconut oil for cleansing properties, olive oil for moisturizing, canola oil for lather, and castor oil for a rich lather. Once the ingredients saponify or turn into soap, they change their chemical makeup entirely and become a clean, simple, pure soap bar.


The light, fresh scent of Milk and Honey creates a lovely and softly scented nourishing bar. Follow your daily shower with our thick, rich moisturizer, and your skin will glow in no time. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to save 25% this week only. No promo code is needed; the savings will be applied at checkout.


On this lovely summer day, stay safe, be smart, enjoy the savings, use products that nourish your skin, and keep washing your hands.

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Welcome to Monday, dear reader. What a weekend! With all the happenings on Saturday, I feel like we could all use a bit of lightness and positivity. I need to allow the events of Saturday’s Trump Rally in Butler, PA, to marinade a bit before I comment. Trust me, there are a lot of thoughts floating around in this simple brain of mine. Sigh. However, let us begin the week with joy and positivity. This upcoming Saturday, July 20th, we celebrate Christmas in July at The Ligonier Country Market. I do not usually embrace Christmas in July, but for my market family, I will do whatever it takes to support our small artisan and farming community. It’s also an excellent time to spread a bit of much-needed joy and have a little fun.

 

To build up to Saturday’s Christmas in July celebration, we are adding a little fun and a Christmas gift to each online order we pack this week. Today, Monday, July 15th, we are holding a drawing for all six of our freshly made holiday soaps that will be featured at Ligonier this Saturday and at The Shaker Woods Festival in August. If you follow us on social media, enter to win a gift of all six holiday-themed soaps. You can’t win if you don’t play.

 

Today, Monday, each online order will be gifted an Elf Fart soap. The Bean’s Elf Fart soap is wildly popular and always generates a smile. Tuesday, every online purchaser will be gifted The Mean One. Wednesday, all online orders will receive a free bar of my personal favorite, Comfort and Joy. Thursday, the gift will be our Maximus soap, and Friday, you decide, are you Naughty or Nice? If left to our own devices, we will assume you are Naughty.

 

Perhaps, dear reader, take a little extra time to spread a bit of joy, be kinder, and go the extra mile to be a decent human. Your act doesn’t have to be anything significant or outlandish. Perhaps let someone out in traffic, and if someone offers you the kindness, acknowledge them with a wave. Hold the door for a stranger and maybe add a smile and have a good day, let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line, pick up the tab for the lonely person drinking coffee by themselves, engage someone in a pleasant conversation, or smile at a stranger. It’s nothing too demanding, just a bit of positivity in a tumultuous time. We’ve got to change our ways and undo some of the madness in this world. It’s just a thought.

 

I know a bar of soap isn’t going to change someone’s life, but if it brightens someone’s day for even a moment, it’s worthwhile. On that note, dear reader, stay safe, be smart, offer up a little kindness, embrace some lighthearted fun, don’t panic when you realize we are halfway to the holiday season, and keep washing your hands.

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Welcome to another Foodie Friday, dear reader. I am continuing with my Ligonier Country Market-sourced recipes this month. With newly ripened fresh corn, an abundance of zucchini, and wonderful resources for local fresh ingredients, I have endless opportunities to create delicious summer-themed meals. The recipe I'd like to share today incorporates fresh local sweet corn, locally grown zucchini, farm-fresh milk and butter, and organically grown fresh herbs. I purchased all the ingredients from the Ligonier Country Market and Lone Oak Farm Store.


Although my husband and daughter rolled their eyes at another soup recipe, I included it in our weekly menu. Using fresh ingredients adds a flavor incomparable to what one finds in grocery stores. I like taking advantage of fresh summer produce while the season lasts. This recipe is a lovely way to enjoy fresh sweet corn other than the traditional corn on the cob. If you have an overabundance of zucchini, this recipe will help you to enjoy it in a new way.


This week, I bought my ingredients from local farmers at the Ligonier CountryMarket and Lone Oak Farm. Cody from Lone Oak Farm was kind enough to deliver milk and butter to my house as he passed through. It's good to have friends. I bought the sweet corn from Yarnick's Farm, which is literally down the road from my farm. Yarnick's always has the best local sweet corn. My friend George from DePalma Farm in Westmoreland County grew the zucchini.


Summer corn and zucchini chowder is easy and delicious. It takes less than an hour to prepare and makes enough to feed a crowd or enjoy leftovers. I found this recipe in the Stoltzfus Family Cookbook. I purchased this lovely little cookbook in Lewisburg, PA, or the Lancaster area, which escapes me. The cookbook is now worn from time and use. It is missing its front cover and portions of the index. However, it has become one of my four go-to cookbooks. I hope you enjoy Summer corn and zucchini chowder.


Summer Corn and Zucchini Chowder


Ingredients:


1 TBLS. Butter

2 Strips bacon, diced and fried

1 Large yellow onion, diced

2 Cloves garlic, minced

6-8 Medium Potatoes (I prefer gold potatoes for their smooth, creamy texture)

4 Cups chicken broth

1 Medium zucchini, diced

6 Ears sweet corn, husked, silk removed, and cut from the cob

1 Cup heavy cream (I used fresh milk from Lone Oak Farms rather than heavy cream)

1/8 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper

Fresh parsley to taste


Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed stock pot or Dutch oven.


Add the bacon and cook until browned.


Add the diced onion and garlic. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.


Next, add the potatoes and broth.


Increase the heat and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes.


Add the milk or heavy cream, zucchini, corn, salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.


Carefully remove 2 1/2 cups of soup and puree in a blender or use an immersion blender. Add the pureed soup back to the soup pot, salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with fresh parsley.


I served this chowder with gluten-free bread from Truly Wize Bakery and creamed cucumber salad with cucumbers purchased from DePalma Farm. It was a fresh, delicious, and simple meal, all sourced from local growers and fresh produce. I hope you try and enjoy this easy summer dish.


On yet another hot and steamy summer day, stay safe, be smart, enjoy fresh local produce, eat simply and well, and keep washing your hands.


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