As Windwood Farm gears up for the holiday season at the end of 2016, we are humbled by our growth and amazing customer base.  To update everyone we now have our products in 90 stores!!!  We have recently added Family Pharmacy as a customer of ours which put our products in 20 locations in one shot!  We continue to get overwhelming positive feedback from people with all kinds of skin issues, and that is truly what pushes us to keep moving forward.  Going forward we are going to continue to try to add many more locations in and out of the Ozarks.  Our big project right now is cleaning up a 2200 sq/ft machine shop to convert into a soap making facility.  The shop has been in the family for 60 years, so we are excited to keep it in the family and continue to use this space as a place of business for the Malas family.  The shop is located on Commercial St. in Springfield, so it is also a great fit for the North Springfield Betterment Association project.  We look forward to updating our website with more positive news and we want to thank everyone for their continued support!!!

Please check out new stores who have added our soap to their product line.  Shirley and Melvin Poisel are working with us in and around the Harrisonville, MO area.  They have added in the last month, Louisville Cider Mill and Osceola Cheese.  Both great stores with lots of foot traffic.  Mike is starting the Branson Farmers Market again at the end of April and as always is at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks every Saturday.  In addition he was able to work with Hines Pharmacy in Republic and they are now carrying our soap.  I believe our total store count in at 45 to this point.  Wayne and I continue to make soap and lotion to keep the supply up so we can service the stores.  Well the only thing I have to say is, you got to love retirement 🙂

Mike secured a new store for us in Ozark, just north of Lamberts,  Brickstone Ace Hardware.  Next time you need some soap check out their selection.  We continue to talk with the folks at Price Cutter stores and will update with results.  Take care.    Wayne and Deb

I have always had a hard time selling our goats.  I knew that most people think of goats as an animal that is pretty self sufficient, not needing extra care with the ability to pretty much eat anything and survive.  While that may be true of a few breeds of goat, it is definitely not true of the dairy breeds.  When Wayne and I decided to sell our beloved goats, we tried to vet all the prospective buyers and wanted most of the animals to go together.  We had many “applicants” of buyers to purchase our animals and found what we believed was a dream buyer.  She was “building” a new barn at her farm in Eufala Oklahoma just for her goat purchasing and milking project.  We basically fell in love with her enthusiasm.

The sale proceeded and our girls left our farm in April of 2015.  Our buyer needed to make payments on the girls so I kept the papers with me.  The first few months seemed to go smoothly, we communicated on a regular basis with her giving me regular updates and her payments on time, but as summer wore on, she stopped communicating.

We finally were able to communicate with her significant other and after many months were able to go and purchase the girls back.  The original buyer was no longer “in the picture” and not present when we arrived.  When we arrived to pick them up, I was shocked at the amount of weight the girls had lost.  At least 40 and up to 55 lbs per animal.  All because they were not fed and were left to care for themselves.  The girls are now being lovingly cared for in the home of our good friend and goat partner in Big Cabin, Oklahoma.  These dairy animals need to be fed a diet high in protein and vitamins, minerals.  They need Alfalfa hay to produce the milk they provide every day.    You can see the before pictures of our animals on this website and here are some after pictures of how the girls looked after we picked them up.  This just saddens me and angers me.  Please know that dairy goats need special care and nutrition to produce their wonderful milk

.Brenna 2Little sister Little sister 3

You can also see by the rough hair, the visible rib, hips and back bones, these girls are too thin and malnourished.  Wayne and I are so glad we were able to intervene and rescue the girls.  Thank you to Beth Clappson for helping us to take on the rehab of these girls and for wanting to help us continue the breeding program we had set in place.

My first post on our website.  We hope that we have many years of wonderful soap and lotion production to update.  Mike is working every day to help market our soaps and lotions.  We now have 35 wholesale buyers in 5 states.  Go to our “where to buy” page and see what stores we are in.