COLUMBIA — When you enter Leah Rennick's kitchen, the first thing you might notice are two tall black plastic shelves loaded with strange supplies: buckets of coconut oil, lard, lye, plastic molds and brightly colored bottles of fragrances with exotic names like China Rain.
If they don't catch your attention, the 37 Kinder goats dashing outside her kitchen window just might.
For the past three years, Rennick, with the assistance of her husband and two sons, has been combining these ingredients to produce homemade goats' milk soap, which she sells at local farmers markets.
The family owns and resides on Harmony Hill Goat Farm, 40 acres of rolling pasture located in Hallsville and home to peacocks, dogs, sheep and goats.
"I've had goats since I was 5 years old," Rennick said. "I absolutely love the personality and they're easy to take care of and handle because of their small size."
Rennick's process is similar to the way soap has been made by hand throughout the ages, but incorporates some modern conveniences such as a microwave and electric hand mixer.
From milking to labeling the individual bars of soap, the entire process occurs at the farm and is done by the family.
"It has definitely given us something to talk about at night. 'Did you check this? Have you fed that? Did they get out again?' Always something going on," Rennick said.
Rennick sells about 40 bars of soap on a given day at the market.
"A lot of people who shop at the farmers market like it because it's locally made and grown and helps the local economy," Rennick said. "Once they try it, they really like the benefits they get from the moisturizing and softness of the soap."
Rennick's products are available at the Columbia Farmer's Market, 1701 W. Ash St., and through her website.