In 2014, Teresa Romesburg and her husband, Nathan, moved to a 21-acre farm in Ruffin and began breeding French Alpine dairy goats. They quickly realized that they would have an abundant supply of milk so Teresa began making soap for friends and a few craft shows. Her all natural products were a big hit with this early customer base.
From there, the Romesburgs have grown their business to selling soaps, lotions and other products at locations across the state. “We sell at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market every Saturday and many other festivals and shows across the state,” Romesburg said. “Last October we were in the Got to Be NC Pavilion in Dorton Arena during the N.C. State Fair. That was one of our largest events.” The Romesburg Family Farm products are also available at a few locations in five different states. The business has become full time for this family of four.
“We currently have about 15 goats that we milk twice each day. Each goat is named. Favorite goats are Little Bit, and then Dolly and Polly, who are sisters,” Romesburg said. In the last few weeks, 10 baby goats have joined the herd! The farm now breeds Saanen goats, which are known for their higher milk content.
The family follow one leading principle when making their products and that is choosing what is good for the skin. “Goat milk is a natural moisturizer,” Romesburg said. “It has all kinds of vitamins, minerals and is all natural. There’s nothing in our products that is bad for your skin. Our most popular products are cashmere and cocoa butter, beach and raspberry vanilla.”
The farm also carries an unscented line for customers that want the benefits of goat milk soap but not the scent.
The farm opens its doors to groups to visit from time to time. “We have an exceptional needs group from Mount Jubilee Ministries in Reidsville that visits the goats and the farm. We also carry the goats to schools for visits.” The family hopes to continue to expand their business. “Our next step is to build a workshop for making our products,” Romesburg said. “Right now the business is taking up most of our home. We have recently purchased a 12×40 building and hope to have it open to the public in a few months.”
The Romesburg Family Farm will be selling their soaps, lotions and scrubs in the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace at the Got to Be NC Festival May 19-21. Their popular custom boxed gift sets will also be available from $10 to $20. “Our favorite part of doing an event like the festival is meeting our customers and getting the opportunity to educate on the benefits of goat milk products,” added Romesburg. “We also love when we get repeat customers.”
Learn more about the Romesburg family and browse their products at their website www.rgoatfarm.com or visit them during your trip to the Got to Be NC Festival.