Just 35 minutes north of Louisville in Scottsburg, Indiana, the Jonas family runs their family business, Goat Milk Stuff – a great and affordable day trip for the entire family. What once began as PJ Jonas making soap for her children in their kitchen has become an expansive farm and business, run by PJ, her husband Jim, their eight children, and some hired help. In addition to making and selling soap, balms, other toiletries and foods like fudge, gelato and other treats made from goat milk, the family is now serving lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the third week of lunch service, and we noticed a steady full stream of business the entire time we were there. Jim said that they’ve been serving about 30 plates per lunch so far. If you really want to make the most of the trip, you can pay just $5 for 30 minutes of play and cuddle time with their baby goats, which I fully recommend. (Click to continue reading and see the gallery of cuteness overload.)
Lunch is served in “The Sweet Shop” ( along the right side of the buildings when you pull in) where you can also buy coffee drinks, gelato, pastries, fudges, pastured meats like pork chops, bacon or beef, eggs, cheeses and even souvenirs. The lunch menu offers soups, salads, coleslaw, beans, fruit, spinach dip, hummus, pasta salad, wraps and sandwiches like the Pesto Chicken Grilled Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato BLT, Barbecue Pork Sandwich with roasted pulled pork, caramelized onions, coleslaw, and sriracha goat milk chevre cheese. My friend got the pulled pork sandwich (pictured in gallery below) and half the sandwich was as big as my hand. I got one of the 8-inch pizzas (pesto chicken, white pizza, or triple meat pizza). We both immensely enjoyed our lunches, followed by a mini gelato (just $2). Prices on the menu range from $1 (fresh fruit side) to $9 for the 8-inch pizzas.
If you want to play with the baby goats, you’ll need to pay for that in the soap shop at the front of the farm when you first pull in. As you walk along their concrete walkways, be sure to notice the family members hand prints and names put in the concrete when it was poured. These memories are another representation of how the farm is a team effort, with the home schooled youth also helping to make business decisions. The magic and charm of this place certainly seems to stem from the love and hard work shared by each of the Jonas family members as they strive to provide a good experience and products – and lunch is now a part of that lineup, making it an even more enjoyable day trip option for adults or the entire family.