Olsen Family Farm

A Wedding in the Valley Hudson Valley Wedding Guide - Ulster County Weddings

Olson Family Farm goats milk soap wedding favors in Saugerties NY photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Local­ly pro­duced from com­pas­sion­ate­ly raised goats, Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm goats’ milk soap makes a prac­ti­cal, great-smelling wed­ding favor.  (Pho­tos by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy — Hud­son Val­ley wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers.)

 

Here’s a prac­ti­cal wed­ding favor that will leave your guests singing in the bath­tub.  And it’s made local­ly with organ­ic milk from hap­py goats on the Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm.

In 1983, Mar­i­anne Olsen left her native Brook­lyn to live with her hus­band on a piece of his fam­i­ly’s farm­land in Sauger­ties, NY.  After rais­ing a fam­i­ly and see­ing her chil­dren leave home to start fam­i­lies of their own, Mar­i­anne start­ed a new life as a farmer.  At first she raised chick­ens and lat­er acquired goats, with the goal of pro­duc­ing goats milk cheese.

 

Marianne Olson, owner of Olson Family Farm goats milk soap wedding favors in Saugerties NY photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Mar­i­anne Olsen, own­er of Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm, was inspired by her daugh­ter’s earth-friend­ly val­ues to cre­ate nat­ur­al soaps from the milk of healthy, hap­py goats.

But along the way, Mar­i­anne real­ized that goats pro­duce lots of milk — lots and lots of it — and that she’d need a much larg­er oper­a­tion to keep up with it all.  So what to do with all that goats milk?

Inspired by her daugh­ter Eliz­a­beth who is con­scious about the mass-pro­duced prod­ucts we use on our skin, Mar­i­anne set to work edu­cat­ing her­self about goats milk soap and how to man­u­fac­ture her own healthy soap right on the farm.

 

Happy goat compassionately raised at Olson Family farm in upstate NY photo by Duetimage upstate photographers.
Grass fed in an untreat­ed pas­ture: how the Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm keeps their goats organ­ic.

It’s some­thing that we’re doing because of the whole phi­los­o­phy,” says Mar­i­anne, explain­ing how her goats are raised organ­i­cal­ly, with a diet con­sist­ing of untreat­ed grass on the farm and healthy feed from a farm in Hud­son.  Even young goats are fed nat­u­ral­ly, break­ing with the prac­tice of using sup­ple­ments in order to col­lect more milk from their moth­ers.  

We don’t take babies away from their moth­ers, we let them wet nurse,” explains Mar­i­anne.  “Some­one said I’m not a real farmer because I do that. We actu­al­ly have to wait for our milk.”

 

Goats at Olson Family Farm in Saugerties NY by Duetimage Hudson Valley photographers.
A pair of hap­py young goats, raised the way nature intend­ed.

 

Mar­i­anne showed us to her far­m’s soap mak­ing work­shop which smells unbe­liev­ably won­der­ful before you even get inside.  That fresh, clean smell stays in your clothes long after you’ve left.

 

Olson Family Farm goats milk soap favors prepared for a Hudson Valley wedding, photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
An order of Olsen’s goats milk soap get­ting ready for their appear­ance at anoth­er great Hud­son Val­ley wed­ding.

 

Mar­i­anne takes us through the process, explain­ing how soaps can be scent­ed to a cus­tomers request.  “If brides want a spe­cial scent, essen­tial oil needs to be acquired which takes time,” she says.  “Since soap needs to sit for 6 weeks, we advise cou­ples to place their orders 8 weeks in advance.”

 

Soap slicer at Olson Family Farms goats milk soap making worshop. Photo by Duetimage Photography.
A bread­slicer? No, a soap slicer used for hand pro­cess­ing Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm goats milk soap bars.

 

Each bar is cut by hand on a spe­cial, hand-dri­ven machine.  Label­ing is also done by hand.  For per­son­al­iza­tion, each bar can be pack­aged with 2x2 card on which cou­ples can write any sen­ti­ment they wish.  Cus­tomized print­ed cards can also be made at an addi­tion­al $80 set­up cost.

On the day of our vis­it, Mar­i­anne was prepar­ing a large order for a wed­ding at Crest­ed Hen Farms (which we cov­ered ear­li­er this sum­mer).  “The wed­ding favors are some­thing that took off by word of mouth,” she tells us.  “Orig­i­nal­ly, it was one bride ask­ing for just a few bars and now we’re sup­ply­ing soap favors for bridal show­ers in addi­tion to wed­dings.”

Mod­ern brides are attract­ed to the healthy, earth-friend­ly prop­er­ties of goats milk soap , says Mar­i­anne.  Goats milk strips down dead skin cells nat­u­ral­ly and it con­tains antibac­te­r­i­al prop­er­ties that don’t destroy nature like hand san­i­tiz­ers do.  Rich in vit­a­min A, it helps repair and mois­tur­ize dam­aged skin.  And did we men­tion it enough … it smells AWESOME.

 

Olson Family Farm goats milk soap wedding favors sold at Olson & Company shop in Saugerties NY photographed by Duetimage Photography Hudson Valley wedding photographers.
Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm goat’s milk soap can be found in their new shop, Olsen & Com­pa­ny, on Par­ti­tion Street in Sauger­ties, NY.

 

Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm goats milk favors start at $4.25 per bar.  Orders can be placed online or in the fam­i­ly’s new shop, Olsen & Com­pa­ny, on Par­ti­tion Street in down­town Sauger­ties.  An addi­tion­al ship­ping charge applies to orders that must be sent to cus­tomers.  Thus far, Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm has shipped its soap as far away as Seat­tle.

 

Signage at Olson Family Farm in Saugerties NY by Duetimage Photography.

 

Inspired by Olsen’s goat milk soap?

Down­load images from this arti­cle on our Olsen Farm Web Album made espe­cial­ly for your smart­phone. Use it for ref­er­ence and share with those help­ing you plan.

Additional Information:

Learn more about the Olsen Fam­i­ly Farm at http://www.olsenfamilyfarm.com/.

To dis­cuss your wed­ding with Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers, call (845) 905‑6323 or vis­it: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

1,971 Spam Comments Blocked so far by Spam Free Wordpress