Natural Ingredients, Locally Sourced

It is Important to us at Amherst Soaps that we incorporate as many local, sustainably grown and raised ingredients as available in our soap. This connects us to the land, animals, plants, and people of the Pioneer Valley. It also maximizes the positive economic and social impact of our business, as social networks are built and dollars are recirculated within the local community. We are proud to support our local partners, and we hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we enjoy working with them!

MEET OUR SUPPLIERS

Local, pastured, heritage breed Gloucester Old Spot Hogs supply us with lard used in many of our soaps

Go Farm (Hatfield, MA)

A small scale, first generation family farm that raises hogs and chickens, and grows a wide variety of organic vegetables for market. The heritage breed Gloucester Old Spot hogs, laying hens, and broiler chickens are all pasture raised with supplemental GMO free grain that is grown locally in the Valley. GO Farm is rooted in family and strives to provide the highest quality meats and vegetables for local consumption.

Item Supplied: Fatback and Leaf Lard

 
The logo of our supplier of local honey and beeswax for soap and lotion bars.

Quaboag Trading Co. ( West Brookfield, MA)

"The Quaboag Trading Company is a small market garden and apiary located in Western Central Massachusetts. We bring eggs from free-range chickens to market and veggies when available."

Item Supplied: Honey

 
One of the goats that provides the milk used in our gentle and moisturizing goat milk soaps.

Thomas Farm & Dairy (Sunderland, MA)

Laurie Cuevas and Jim Thomas run the show at local goat and cow dairy Thomas Farm. With their herd of Nubian goats, they produce some of the highest-quality goat milk in town, much of which is made into their award-winning soft goat cheese.

Item Supplied: Goat Milk

 
Bumblebee on purple coneflower, an example of the siustainably grown herbs used in our soap.

White Buffalo Herbs (Warwick, MA)

Community herbalist Carol Joyce of White Buffalo Herbs farms her Still Willin' Organic farm and Botanical Sanctuary in Warwick, MA. She raises herbs to provide quality, unusual herb medicines, cosmetics, teas, and aromatherapies.Carol teaches an apprenticeship and loves being part of the Amherst and Forest Park Farmers Markets.

Item Supplied: Calendula Petals

 
A jug of local milk used in many moisturizing soaps, pictured in front of Jersey cows.

Mapleline Farm (Hadley, MA)

Established in 1904, Mapleline Farm located in Hadley, Mass is operated by the family's fifth generation. A herd of registered Jersey cows produce a premium milk, that has 15-18% more calcium and 15-20% more protein than milk produced by other breeds. It's higher content of butterfat also contributes to it's rich and creamy taste! Besides Jersey's having the lowest carbon footprint of the cattle breeds, Mapleline Farm prioritizes sustainability and implements farming practices to conserve the natural landscape. The farm raises it's feed on agriculture and conservation-protected land, is solar-powered, and has an extensive waste water program.

Item Supplied: Cream, Milk

 
Locally roasted Raos coffee, which is used in our Cup'O Joe soap.

Raos Coffee Roasting Co. (Hadley, MA)

"In 1990, Rao’s Coffee Roasting Company began micro-roasting  the finest coffees in the world right inside our flagship cafe in Amherst.  The quality and flavor of our coffee is the result of years of passion, experimentation, and dedication. We are certain you will taste the substantial differences in freshness, quality, and flavor- our mission is to source the highest quality fairly-traded green coffee beans available from around the world. We roast them to order in small hand-crafted batches with precision and care."

Item Supplied: Coffee, Coffee Grounds

 
Farmers holding the organic, local ginger used in our handmade soaps.

Old Friends Farm (Amherst, MA)

Old Friends Farm grows 28 acres of Certified Organic Salads, Vegetables, and Flowers for retail and wholesale. Old Friends is widely known for pioneering Northeast-grown Ginger and Turmeric, and for the Specialty Products they make with these powerful roots. They grow what they love, and love what they grow. Old Friends Farm is committed to a healthy workplace, environment, and community, and their products are infused with that attention. You’ll taste the difference!

Item Supplied: Ginger

 
Amherst Farmers Supply where we source local lye for handmade soap.

Amherst Farmers Supply (Amherst, MA)

Your source for building materials, landscaping tools and supplies, home, pet and farm needs, serving Hampshire and Franklin Counties and surrounding areas. We're a 4th generation, family-owned business, providing goods and services to the Pioneer Valley for over 75 years.

Item Supplied: Lye

 
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