“You’re making WHAT out of my breakfast?!”
Nestled at the foot of Vermont's Okemo Mountain, in the tiny, one-stoplight-town of Ludlow, is a family-owned breakfast and lunch restaurant called The Hatchery. We're Eric & Christy Stocker, part of the Hatchery family.
At The Hatchery, people rave about the thick-cut bacon. Thing is, cooking 100lbs of bacon every week generates a ridiculous amount of bacon grease. We used to send it all to a friend, who converted it into biodiesel. When he moved on to other endeavors, we needed a new solution. After some googling, my chef-husband Eric said, "You know you can make soap out of bacon grease?" I laughed. A lot.
A couple weeks later, I started researching it myself. Animal fat has been used for centuries in soapmaking, and still is today - because it's amazingly good for your skin. The more I read, the better it sounded, and we poured our first test batch in the summer of 2016, using a Velveeta box as a mold. That first batch came out great! 100% lard soap cleans and conditions extremely well, but with a relatively low lather. We wanted something a little more luxurious, so I went to work researching everything I could about all the different oils that can be used in soap, and what they do. We came up with a lathery, moisturizing blend that started with our recycled & refined bacon renderings (lard), and included other skintastic ingredients like coconut oil, fair trade shea butter, sustainable palm, castor, and sunflower oils.
Fast forward a few months, and our first real batches of soapy awesomeness were ready for testing. They were a hit! People loved the thick, rich lather, the amazing scents & colors, and were intrigued by the idea that our soap started its life as breakfast.
Now, Eric gets up at 5am to go make bacon, and spends afternoons refining the renderings into clean, white, purified lard for soap. I blend the oils and fragrances, and combine them with fun, farm-fresh ingredients and colors. Together, we hope to show you that bacon really DOES make everything better. So good...it'll make you squeal.
We believe in farm-to-shower freshness, and use fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms wherever possible. Some of our best ingredients come from these local suppliers:
Next Level Greenery, Proctorsville VT
Maple Knoll Farm, Springfield VT
Green Mountain Sugar House, Ludlow VT
The Happy Bees at the Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville VT