Ward House

Farmers Market

A few posts ago I touched on the possibility of this community opening a farmers market on this side of the mountain. The meeting went very well once the representative from the Bath County Farmer’s market ended her rant and left. < that kind of behavior is sad.

What we decided was to keep the market small for this year, especially since we are starting late. Opening day is September 5th and will run each Saturday through the month of October; hours are 1-5pm. The Dairy, since this is an off shoot of the Community Garden, will take care of insurance and the AG and Health Dept. I am hoping that we will be able to find someone willing to provide some live music. Since most of our gardens are only just now coming in, a later start date is a good thing. I hope to bring veggies and some crafts (dishcloths, perhaps some soap, etc).

Related to soap making, I cannot find lye locally. For those that order supplies online, from whom do you purchase? Do you have a favorite soap recipe or soap making website/blog?

Oh, Kathie (I think it was you) requested the recipe for the laundry soap that I use and I apologize for the delay in getting this to you. The recipe I use is from Down–to–earth.

Laundry Liquid
Makes 10 litres
You may add any essential oil of your choice to these homemade cleaners. Oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender or rose are ideal but are not an essential ingredient. They are not necessary to the recipe but do not detract from the effectiveness by adding them. Use essential oil and not a fragrant oil.

1½ litres water
1 bar Sunlight or generic laundry soap or any similar pure laundry soap, grated on a cheese grater OR 1 cup of Lux flakes
½ cup washing soda – NOT baking or bicarb soda
½ cup borax
10 litre bucket
Slotted spoon or wooden spoon for mixing
Into a medium sized saucepan add 1½ litres of water and the soap. Over a medium heat, stir this until it is completely dissolved. Make sure the soap dissolves properly or the mixture will separate when cold.
Add the washing soda and borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
Pour this mixture into your 9-10 litre bucket then fill the bucket with hot water from the tap. Stir to combine all the ingredients. The laundry liquid will thicken up more as it cools. When cool, store in a plastic container. I use one of those 10 litre flat plastic box containers with a lid. Use ¼ cup of mixture per load or monitor to see what works well for you. I keep a ¼ cup measuring scoop in the box to measure the mixture into the washing machine.
This detergent will not make suds when you wash as it does not contain the chemicals that supermarket detergents add to make suds. You do not need suds to wash your clothes or for the detergent to be effective. The agitation of the washing machine does most of the washing. Additives loosen the dirt and grease. If you use the greywater from your laundry on your garden, leave out the borax.
All these washing aids are suitable for top loaders AND front loaders. I have been using them in my front loader machines for years with no ill effects.

Now, what’s cool about this is my measuring cups and bucket are marked for metric so I did not have to do any converting from metric to imperial (I believe that is the term). The ingredients I purchased online from http://www.soapsgonebuy.com.

Happy laundering!


August 10, 2009 - Posted by | economy


  1. Thanks!

    Comment by Kathie | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Always a pleasure. =)

    Comment by Annette | August 20, 2009 | Reply

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