Rainwater Farm + McQueen Pottery

Posted on May 06, 2015 by Kathleen Souder | 0 comments

I was eight years old when Rainwater Farm was founded, and it wasn't long after when I started tagging along with mom to every single craft fair or arts festival. Weekends at these fairs were spent helping out at the booth, but I'd take the chance to escape so I could visit the booths of other craftsmen and artisans: potters, woodworkers, textile artists, jewelry makers. Looking back, I realize I was immersed in the "maker" community long before this term re-entered the hipster vocabulary, and feel lucky to have been exposed to so much beautiful handcrafted work from across the region. 
Now that I'm back in the family business, one of the first things I wanted to do was start a series of limited-edition collaborations between Rainwater Farm and some of our very favorite local artisans. So it goes without saying that I am so excited to announce the launch of our very first with Leanne Moe McQueen of McQueen Pottery. Mom and I have loved Leanne's work for years now, and her pieces grace the cabinets and shelves of our home. Her dishware is simple, organic, and minimal, and has already taken our region by storm.  For our collaboration, Leanne created a limited-edition soap dish in both white and stone ceramic and we've packed it in a handmade, reclaimed wooden box by yet another Maryville craftsperson. We think these sets would make a lovely gift for any occasion, and can be purchased here on our website

It Takes a Thief: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Kathleen Souder | 165 comments

In the middle ages, a band of thieves raided and looted the homes of those who were struck down by the Bubonic Plague. They were successful in their plundering because they were protected by a blend of essential oils that they would apply to their bodies and dab in their noses. 

We’ve carried It Takes a Thief products for a few years now, and our unique blend of lemon, clove, rosemary, cinnamon and eucalyptus oils has built up quite a loyal following of customers who swear by it and return year after year to stock up–especially during cold and flu season. And, while we love this story and its many tellings and variations, we know that you probably want to know if it has any basis at all in reality before you buy. The good news? It does!

There are dozens of academic journal articles and abstracts that have shown these essential oils (among others) to be effective antimicrobial agents and antiseptics. These essential oils packed a punch for E. coli and Helicobacter pylori bacterias, as well as fungi like Candida albicans. We rounded up a few of what we found to be the most compelling studies and wanted to share them (here,here, and here) in case you’d like some light bedtime reading.

Or, you could just take the thieves’ word for it.

It Takes a Thief products we carry include:

Natural Antibacterial Bodywash: Use on a washcloth or loofah during daily showers. This also can be used as a foaming liquid soap concentrate for refills.
Natural Antibacterial Bar Soap: Straightforward, for daily use.
Antibacterial, Triclosan-Free Foaming Liquid Soap: A winter sink side staple for all that handwashing–antibacterial hand soap without the chemicals and additives.
Natural Disinfecting Spray: Spritz around your body before you head out, or use as a room spray.

How do you use our It Takes a Thief products? We’d love to hear about your experience!