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
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
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
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
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
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
Dean's Bean's Organic Coffee Company (Orange, MA)
Started in 1993, Dean's Beans set out to prove that a for-profit business could create meaningful change through ethical business practices rooted in respect for the earth, the farmer, our co-workers and the consumer. They brew fantastic coffee while creating change through the long term relationships they make with farmers, promoting shade-grown and bird friendly coffee farming, direct farm-to-roaster trading, their solar-powered roasting facility, supporting people centered development programs, and their commitment to certified organic coffee production.
Item Supplied: Coffee, Coffee Grounds
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
Everyday Farm (Gill, MA)
Everyday Farm was started by Hannah and Joseph in 2018 on family land that has been farmed for generations. A diversified and organic operation, Everyday Farm has made it their mission to supply healthy and nutritious vegetables and meat to the surrounding communities. Amherst Soaps purchases high quality lard from their pasture raised, heritage breed pigs for use in a number of our soaps!
Item Supplied: Fatback and Leaf Lard
Baraka Impact (Ghana)
While not from New England, Baraka Impact is a very special supplier. Baraka sources their butters and oils from the women of Northern Ghana, who have been hand processing shea butter for generations. Each purchase supports these women, their communities, and the sustainable land management they practice.
Item Supplied: Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter