The Pryor Times

November 16, 2013

Goat products of all kinds at GraysLland

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — Myra Grayson didn’t even stop working long enough to be interviewed.

“This is my passion, it’s what I love to do,” said Grayson, owner of GraysLland Acres, from her booth at the Tulsa Home and Family Show.

Grayson has run a 20-acre farm northeast of Pryor for five years now.

“We have milk goats, llamas, miniature horses and since you can’t have a farm without dogs and chickens we have those, too,” said Grayson who grew up milking cows on a dairy farm in Pryor.

“I am from Pryor, so is my husband. We’re high school sweethearts who didn’t see each other for 35-years,” she said. “Where I live now is literally half a mile from where I grew up so when I moved home, I really moved home.”

Grayson said her husband knew they were moving out to the country, but didn’t know he was moving to a farm that is known to rescue animals.

The farm has 14 goats, four llamas, two miniature horses and a couple of great Pyrenees dogs.

“We sell goat milk lotion, goat milk soap, lip balm, lotion bars, doggie shampoo and tote bags. And we do farm tours,” said Grayson, who said she cannot say enough positive things about the benefits of using all-natural products.

The goat milk lotion is made with “wholesome natural milk and natural plant oils, but without perfumes or dyes, for maximum effectiveness with no irritation.” The lotion contains goat’s milk, coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

“The lotion bars are great to moisturize extremely dry skin. The butter and oils soften and soothe dry skin, the beeswax emulsifies the other ingredients, it’s a wonderful lotion,” said Grayson.

Grayson said she offers different scents at different times and that she is always willing to whip up a particularly scented batch per customer’s request. The website features simply cocoa, cherry chocolate, lavender, wheat grass and citronella scents.

The soap, Grayson said, is great for all skin types.

“This stuff is so good for your skin. The pH balance of goat milk is close to the pH balance in human skin. It’s even good for eczema and poison ivy,” said Grayson, who uses nothing but her homemade goats milk soap.

The soap comes in a variety of fragrances, including cherry blossom, cinnamon apple, lavender martini, lemongrass, patchouli and vanilla.

“Particularly for this time of year we also have pumpkin spice, gingerbread and hint of Christmas which is a pine scent,” said Grayson. “We also do Christmas shapes like angels, Santa and snowmen, which make great gifts.”

Grayson said the process was trial and error, but she’s been making soap so long she's got it down pat.

“I made a mint soap once that was such a pretty green I decided to add even more mint leaves. Well the stuff turned out the color of mud,” Grayson laughed. “I renamed it Ugly Soap and sold a ton of it. People bought it to put in stockings because they were so tickled by the name.”

The lip balm contains beeswax that Grayson buys across the street at Outback Farms. The lip balm can be used by individuals on oxygen as it does not contain petroleum, said Grayson.

“I get blueberries from across the street, too. We help each other out a lot. I get blueberries for my blueberry lemon verbena soap and make sure to send farm visitors over to them to make a day of the experience. They sell some products for me and send folks my way,” said Grayson, who proudly shops local whenever possible. She has even been known to grow her own lavender and mint.

Grayson said she doesn’t test her products on animals, she tests them on her family and herself.

GraysLland Acres also sells tote bags, computer/messenger bags, backpacks  and garment bags made from feed sacks.

“This is a great way to repurpose and recycle these feed sacks. Since they can hold 50 pounds of feed I figured they could make a good bag,” said Grayson, who said the bags are also coated with plastic for easy cleanup.

“The backpack has been popular and is new this year. A 16-year old girl actually came up with the idea, so we hired her to help us out making them,” she said.

All the products have a Made in Oklahoma sticker, as Grayson is part of the Made in Oklahoma Group.

“I do farm visits by appointment. Families and home school groups come out to spend a day at the farm. For $5, a person can milk a goat, pet the llamas and feed the animals. The kids get a blue ribbon that says ‘I milked a goat.’ They also get coloring pages and sample the goat’s milk and goat’s milk ice cream,” said Grayson.

Grayson said she is working on the credentials to become an educational destination and that she truly loves seeing the faces of kids spending time on a farm for the first time.

“I’m working on getting a grant. I cannot have school groups out to the farm until I have a restroom facility for them, so I’m working on a grant for that,” she said.

As if all that is not enough, Grayson is also learning to spin her own yarn.

“We’ve got llamas so I thought I might as well try to make my own yarn. I’m still getting the hang of it, but it is all natural and has no dyes. So the color of the yarn is the color of the llama,” said Grayson, who plans on taking her spinning wheel to fairs and festivals to do demonstrations of the dying art.

Grayson said items are available to purchase on her website, at B&E Medical Supply and by appointment at the farm.

“I can put together gift baskets or gift bags, and we ship them. I have shipped gift baskets to out of state families. They seem to enjoy the made in Oklahoma items,” she said.

Grayson said anyone interested in visiting or shopping can simply call her for more information.

“It’s so crucial for people to shop local, it benefits the community more than they can see. Plus goat’s milk is good for you, inside and out,” said Grayson.

“We’ve got one llama, Mariah, who likes to give kisses, so come on out, do your Christmas shopping and get a kiss from Mariah.”