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To the Garden Path with Tara McWhirter


makes up the band Celtic Flare, which plays at different events and venues throughout the region, and will be playing at Blueberry Hill on May 6. The natural way Garden Path products are made with natural ingredients like alfalfa, coconut oil, coffee, and aloe vera, to name a few. MacWhirter can often be found at the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market selling her products and talking with people who pass by. Her products are available at several local businesses including Beau’s Brewery, which carries the Beer Suds soap, a natural soap made with, you guessed it, beer.

Tara MacWhirter never thought such a wonderful hobby would turn into a fabulous business. “I just thought it was a cool gift,” said MacWhirter. “Then the hobby became full time. Once I started, I didn’t want to go back.” Garden Path Homemade Soap began in 2009 when a friend introducedMacWhirter to the world of homemade soaps. She started making soaps for family and friends. The popular product quickly became more than just a cool gift.

As far as where she will end up in the future, MacWhirter says it’s anyone’s guess. “I love what I am doing for now,” said MacWhirter. “If I am still doing this in 5 or 10 years, that’s

MacWhirter’s love of gardening and monarch butterflies became the theme for the name of the

wonder fu l . For now, I am just enjoying the

moment.” Garden


business. MacWhirter and her family raise monarch butterflies in their extensive garden. Monarch Watch, an organization that is working toward increasing the population of monarch butterflies, has named her garden a MonarchWaystation, www.monarchwatch. org. MacWhirter is also part of the trio that

Homemade Soap website describes other products available and where they can be found. http://www.

Tara MacWhirter turned a hobby into a business in a very short period of time. MacWhirter can be foundmost weekends at the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market selling her Garden Path Homemade Soap and other products.

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