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Our family

Hi! I’m Dawn Mathews, the founder and owner of The Thankful Goat. I live on a micro-farm in North Carolina with my husband Steve and our two sons, Isaac and Dorian.

I’m a homeschool mom, soap and bath products making, back-to-nature kind of girl.

Farmers market w/Dorian and one of our interns.

Farmers market w/Dorian and one of our interns.

Our company

It all started with a mistake. We had just gotten our first goat Athena, when she ate some laurel leaves. Since these are toxic to goats, we had to give her a shot that rendered her milk undrinkable.

So a friend told me to make soap, and that’s where it all began. I made my first batch in the fall of 2009 and haven’t looked back.

We’ve even been featured in Mother Earth News: The Thankful Goat: A Micro-Farm Flourishes (with Recipe).

The Thankful Goat products

Our product line!

Where you can find our products

Though you’re welcome to purchase your favorite products online, we love meeting our customers in person.

Come find us at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market, which runs from April 15th through November 1st. We’re there Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. At the market, we also sell raw goats milk for animal consumption.

You can purchase our products at unique stores throughout North Carolina:

BLOWING ROCK: Bolick’s Pottery, Crestwood Spa

CONOVER: Conover Hardware

FERGUSON: Whippoorwill Academy

LENOIR: Caldwell Arts Council, Abigail’s Gifts

HUDSON: Treasures

HICKORY: The SALT Block arts shop, The House of Style salon

MORGANTON: Grace Hospital gift shop

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE: Valdese Hospital gift shop