Southington’s Bradley Mountain Soaps is all about the goats

Southington’s Bradley Mountain Soaps is all about the goats

Record-Journal


SOUTHINGTON — Goats jumped from one wood stump to the other in their playhouse when Anneliese Dadras, her son Kiyan Dadras and Karen Perry went to grab leashes and a walking stick.

As soon as they picked up the items, all 16 goats came running, some uttering loud cries of excitement.

“They know when they see this stick that they’re going to go out for a walk,” said Dadras.

“But they take us on a walk,” Perry said, laughing.

Dadras owns Bradley Mountain Soaps, LLC on Shuttle Meadow Road where she creates and sells items made from goat milk, including scented soap, body scrubs and lotions. Perry, who handles marketing, has been with the company since its inception.

During the past five years the business grew from Dadras collecting goat milk from a local farm to make soap in her home to owning her own small farm and herd of goats.

Dadra said she started making soap to treat her and her son’s skin condition. Her business grew and diversified, especially with the addition of the goats. Dadras moved into the old dairy farm about a year ago after fixing it up.

Now she also offers farm-related activities, such as goat walking, to the public by appointment. She also has a goat nanny program with 200 nannies — people who help take care of the goats by bathing them, feeding them, or just spending some time with them.

On certain days, Dadras opens the farm up to the public so people can visit with the goats or get a tour of her business. The farm is also available for birthdays, crafting, and other events.

On Wednesday afternoon, Dadras put leashes on a few of the goats and took them for a walk. All 16 goats, a mix of Nigerian Dwarf goats and American Lamancha goats, began to follow eagerly. Some weren’t on a leash, but Dadras said they love to stay together.

“Come on babies. Come on, come on babies. Giddyap,” said Dadras, as she led the herd on a steady walk.

Every morning at 7 a.m. Kiyan Dadras, 14, milks the goats. He milks them again at 7 p.m.

“We get a gallon in the morning and two quarts at night,” he said.

It takes about 14 pounds of milk to make 300 bars of soap, which are about 15 percent goat milk, Anneliese Dadras explained, while the body creams are 80 to 90 percent goat milk.

“This is all from Diva this morning,” she said, pointing to a shelf in her showroom filled with body creams.

Diva is a Lamanacha goat that produces the most milk of the herd.

Dadras makes close to 40 soap scents, including honey oatmeal, lavender, Asian pear, and Fair Garden, which is grapefruit, lavender, and roses. She sells at area farmers markets, including the one on the Southington Town Green every Friday.

While she is happy with the growth of her soaps and lotion business, Dadras is even more thrilled with the interaction with the community since she moved to the farm.

The goats, who are like family, are popular with the community.

Clementine, Henry, Diva, Cinnamon, Petunia, and Delilah are just a few of the names friends and family have come up with for the goats. Petunia was picked after a naming contest on the Bradley Mountain Soaps Facebook page.

Clementine, at only 3 weeks old, is the newest goat in the herd.

Because the goats are so acclimated to people, Dadras said, they are very friendly and love to cuddle.

“Being able to take them out with other people and share them,” Dadras said, “has been really fun.”

To find out more about Bradley Mountain Soaps visit Www.BradleyMountainSoaps.com or Facebook.com/BradleyMountainSoapsLLC.

The farm is only open to the public on open farm days, specified on the business’s calendar, and otherwise is open by appointment only.

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