Winters’ Blessings Soap Co. starts with small herd of pampered Alpine Goats — seven nanny goats and one billy goat — kids are born each spring with a portion of the milk produced by each goat harvested for soap making.
Before each goat is milked, their udders are whipped clean, once the milk is collected in large glass jars is taken to be filtered to further clean it. Ingredients are added prior to freezing then small frozen batches are used to make to turn it into lotion soap, lotion, lotion bars, emulsified sugar scrubs and lip balms. Chrissy Winters uses cow milk to demonstrate the filtering process.
Goat milk soap is left to cure then packaged into hand-stitched bags before being sold online, at farmers markets and by retailers in the Yampa Valley.
Winters’ Blessings Soap Company is a family owned and operated agricultural business producing artisan products made from milk produced by goats raised in Moffat County. Pictured, from left, Joey, Chrissy, Zach and Doug Winters.
Bottles line the shelves in the soap room in the Winters home. The ingredients will be added along with goat milk for the secret recipe used in the handmade products.
Prince the guard dog joins brothers Zack Winters (8) and Joey Winters as they offer Ruby the goat grain.
Parents Doug and Chrissy Winters wanted to raise their sons on a family farm and in 2011 there were able to buy their dream property in Moffat County. Now the family works together to raise farm animals such as chickens, cattle, pigs, and rabbits along with their dairy goats. Pictured here Chrissy Winters helps 8-year-old Zach with one of the goats.
Joey Winters has won awards in 4-H for his ability to handle animals and intends to show some of the family goats during this year’s 100 annual Moffat County Fair.
Chrissy Winters demonstrates how she hand milks the goats. The goats are usually given a rest from milking in the winter before resuming milk production in the spring when after giving birth to their babies.
CRAIG — When their first four alpine dairy goats started producing more milk than they could use, the Winters family turned their abundance into a business — Winters’ Blessings Soap Company.
The company is a family owned and operated agricultural business producing artisan products made from milk produced by goats raised in Moffat County.
The whole family has a hand in soap making.
“The boys, Zach and Joey, help care for the goats and package the soap,” Chrissy Winters said.
Her husband, Doug Winters, helps haul hay for the goats, package soap and haul products and displays to craft fairs.
“Doug is also the patient and calm one that helps keep me calm when the goats are kidding,” Chrissy said.
Her parents, Rick and Jean Kohler, help too. Rick builds all the displays and shelves. Jean helps at most fairs and also sews all of the bags the soap is packaged in for sale at area markets and retail shops.
“We feel like it was God’s blessing that we were brought up here and found land of our own,” Chrissy said. “We also hope to be a blessing to other people.”