About Swiss Frau Farm



Swiss Frau Farm is a 16 acre farm at the very center of Herman Center Wisconsin. This farm was historically the central farm where all the threshing was done for the area.  Our barn is a traditional Wisconsin dairy barn with the lower level partly underground to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. According to Bender Builders who did some of the restoration on the barn it was probably built in the 1880’s as the beams are all hand hewn. The house is a Queen Anne Victorian built around 1905 for Franz and Emma Zerbel. Emma Zerbel grew up on this farm and was born in the little homestead house in 1873. We have been working on restoring the homestead house and it is now our soap house and honey house. We have been on this farm since 2009 and raising dairy goats since 2006.

Swiss Frau Farm

We raise American Toggenburg and Saanen dairy goats. We are considered a commercial dairy since our milk goes into the soap business. Our goats are disease free and regularly tested. We have a closed herd and practice biosecurity to maintain a healthy herd. CAE prevention is practiced on the farm. We use our goat’s milk to make our own cheese, sherbet and use the milk in our goat’s milk soaps. All of our goats wear bells from Switzerland. This recreates my favorite part of Switzerland which is the regular sound of bells from every region.

We have a variety of bells for the goats. This bell is called a treicheln. It is bronze and fabricated in Switzerland. This is my favorite goat bell. There are at least five different styles of  bells  used here and they all have a different sound. I can tell who is who by the sound of the bells. I always know where my goats are and whether they are grazing contentedly or running in fear of something.  The yearlings wear  the high pitched distance bells. We even have baby Swiss bells to get the young doelings used to the sound and experience of wearing a bell. Only in Switzerland can I find replacement parts for the bells and the variety of sizes and sounds and styles.

My husband is the bee keeper on our farm. We sell honey and currently are adding more hives. We use our own honey in the soaps. Honey, like goat’s milk is a natural humectant. This means that it helps hold moisture to the skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial as well.

We have a small orchard and a  cider press.  We grow all of the hay we feed the goats.


Well, of those 6 gallons 4 go back to the goat kids for their nourishment. I feed kids 3 times a day either by bottle or with a lambar feeder which is a bucket with 10 nipples on it. Some of the milk goes for soap making and this still leaves some milk left over. Once a week I make 2 gallons of yogurt or cheese. I use 3 gallons of milk at a time to make a batch of cheese.  We do not sell milk for consumption. La Clare Farms has wonderful goat’s milk for drinking and there are some other brands such as Redwood Hills that produce very good goat’s milk for drinking usually found at Whole Foods or health food stores. 


  1. Thank you for the information and history of your farm. I have probably driven past it many times and did not realize it was your farm. I am excited to try some of your soaps and lotions. Thank you for all of your valuable information. It is very interesting to hear about the products you make.


  2. Love to learn about and buy locally produced products. You have a great thing going and was happy to contribute by purchasing a Goat’s Milk Shampoo bar at the West Bend farmers market this past Saturday! I look forward to trying more of your soaps!

  3. This California girl loves Swiss Frau Farm soaps!
    Jenni makes wonderful products. I’ve carried them home in my luggage now twice. This last time, it was 14 bars.

  4. On June 6 a friend and I visited with Jenni and learned about her wonderful goats and her soaps. She was such a great hostess and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. Her barns are nearly pristine, and the goats were definitely “people-ized”. Jenni really cares about them and takes great pains to make sure they are healthy and well socialized. She is an amazing woman and it was such a pleasure to visit with her. I love her soaps and farm-fresh eggs as well.

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