Archive: Dec 2013

Get to Know the Soap Chest!

Before starting her soap business, Gail Horn was an accountant, cook, chauffer, teacher, event coordinator, editor, a personal assistant and a home schooling mom! She started her soap business when she decided to make homemade Christmas gifts one year.  That was the beginning of her obsession of making hand crafted soaps. Many family members had suffered from dry skin issues like eczema, and she was intrigued by the prospect of making natural, moisturizing handmade soap that would soothe their skin and eliminate harsh additives found in commercial soap. After extensive research she launched The Soap Chest in the fall of 2000 and began selling the soap that her family had fallen in love with. She enjoys incorporating her own homegrown herbs and local honey and goat milk into her soap and experimenting with exotic oils and butters from all over the world.

When not busy making soap, Gail can be found reading, hiking, gardening, and traveling. Her  family has lived in Camas for years and  love working the land, growing and preserving their own food, entertaining friends and learning new things.

She remembers strolling through the Camas Farmer’s Market for the first time, and immediately feeling a sense of belonging that comes from a hometown community. She loves the opportunity to be part of this fun mid-week gathering in which people can not only pick up some local produce, but sit on the lawn in front of the library, listen to live music, and connect with friends and neighbors.

You don’t have to wait until the market begins to order soap from the Soap Chest, just visit their website and browse the many varieties you can order on line. soap chest

Get to know Yacolt Mountain Farm

It started with a dream of creating a sustainable organic farm for Caroline and Dan Swansey, owners of Yacolt Mountain Farm. In 2011 that dream came alive when they started their diversified small-scale horse powered farm. That’s right…..powered by horses!

The Swensey’s love their job as famers where they get to use sustainable, organic practices to produce food and work with  their draft horses, Bud and Charlie to plow the fields.They also enjoy starting new seeds for a new growing season of producing a diversity of vegetables and watching their farm animals in action.

Along with their baby Isaiah, their cats, and dog, the Swansey’s are indeed living their farm dream!

Come say hi to them at our market and visit their website at:



Get to know the Beautiful Pig

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In 1981, Christopher Leach had the good fortune to find himself on a train crossing the French countryside to Paris. It was on that first European adventure that Christopher discovered charcuterie, a wondrous world of flavor and texture that would change his life in the years to come. A seed was planted in the heart and mind of a young cellist that would grow into a passion.

That passion now has a name: The Beautiful Pig. Christopher Leach, charcutier and salumist for The Beautiful Pig has developed more than twenty original recipes for pork and beef products inspired by the traditions of Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and the USA.The Beautiful Pig products use exclusively Carlton Farms pork from Carlton, Oregon in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. This pork is sustainably raised and is hormone and  antibiotic free and is so rich it almost looks like beef. The beef comes from Painted Hills Beef in Fossil, Oregon. The animals are naturally raised and are also hormone and antibiotic free. The wines in our salamis are of the finest possible quality and are indiginous to the areas that inspire the recipes.

No expense has been spared in the artistry of these products. The romantic combination of salami, wine, cheese, and bread is experiencing a reawakening in America and beyond. Experience the finest America has to offer, Experience The Beautiful Pig. You can learn about their excellent products at

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