McCanns bring local goat products to RecFest

When the RecFest craft fair opens Saturday, there will be just one local vendor.

No kidding.

McCann Farms of Milaca will be returning to RecFest with their goat milk soaps, goat milk lotions and goat milk caramels — a fan favorite.

The goat’s milk in Brian and Kärin McCann’s products isn’t imported into Milaca. It’s the product of hard work of the McCanns and their four dozen goats on the McCann farm, located on a dirt road about two miles northeast of Milaca on County Road 102.

Brian McCann gives one of his milking goats a scratch on the head from outside the goat pen on his Milaca-area farm. McCann Farms will be selling goat products Saturday at the RecFest craft fair. Times photo by Jeff Hage
Brian McCann gives one of his milking goats a scratch on the head from outside the goat pen on his Milaca-area farm. McCann Farms will be selling goat products Saturday at the RecFest craft fair.
Times photo by Jeff Hage

Brian, a former die cast worker, and Kärin, a teacher in the Elk River school system, moved to Milaca in 2005. It was 2008 when they moved to the current McCann farm.

“Being on a farm is something I always wanted to do,” said Brian McCann, who’s mom, brothers and sisters grew up on a farm. His family moved to the city by the time he was growing up.

McCann got his opportunity when his employer went out of business. He decided he didn’t want to work for someone else again.

The McCann’s didn’t plan on raising goats, or turning to goats for their livelihood.

“My daughter wanted a couple goats,” Brian McCann recalled.

They started with two pygmy goats. The McCanns found the goats to be interesting.

“We started raising goats for their meat. Then we started milking and selling the milk off the farm,” he said.

Today the McCanns have some Big Alpine goats and little Nigerian Dwarf goats. They are both milking goats, McCann said.

The McCanns sell milk from the farm. Brian McCann also makes the soaps, lotions and carmels that the McCanns sell.

Soaps come in 12 fragrances, the lotions six.

They will all be for sale in Trimble Park Saturday at the RecFest craft fair.