Since it occurs over the weekend, there is, of course, a farmer's market. It's moved a few blocks from its regular spot on the downtown square, but there is no lack of customers. After the craziness of getting all the market vendors and their wares squeezed in and set up, I enjoy the excitement of the change of pace, meeting people from all over, and the party atmosphere.
So what makes a party in Wisconsin? Beer and cheese. (Well, bratwurst, too, but I have to draw the line somewhere.) So, I thought I would highlight them--with a soapy twist--in my booth.
My beer soap scents included Oatmeal Stout, Honey Ale, CranApple Cherry, Pumpkin Lager, and Raspberry Cordial--some classic standbys, some new for me, but all of them perfect for the fall.
|Why would you drink beer when you can bathe with it?|
But I had to try something new in honor of Cheese Days. Cheese Days=cheese soap? I looked around for a cheese fragrance for soap with no success, but really....who wants to smell like an aged milk product, anyway? The sweetgrass scent I used went over well. In a nod to soapmaking tradition, however, I colored the soap with infused annatto seed, the same colorant used in many yellow cheeses, like cheddar.
Market shoppers were amazed by how realistic it looked and many had to come pick it up and smell it. I am happy to say that no one tried to nibble it.