What do you call a candle that’s made on a cattle farm? The Cow’s Candle, of course. Shannon Sams’s eight-year-old son came up with the name of her fledging company, which she runs from Holly Bottom Farms, a working beef farm in Pittsboro.
The Cow’s Candle is a family operation. It began when Shannon and her husband decided that she would stay home with their two children. They didn’t have family members nearby to help out, and it was important to them to be at home. Shannon retired as a schoolteacher and thought about what to do next—something she could do on the farm. She settled on candle-making.
Shannon wants to make all natural products with ingredients that are sourced in the USA as much as possible. The candles are handmade on the farm. They contain 100% soy wax from the United States. They also contain a 100% cotton wick (with no lead), fragrance, and dye. Using ingredients from the USA prevents transit costs and the unenvironmental effects associated with them.
What does making candles mean to Shannon? “It’s a message of light to me personally,” she says. She finds it relaxing and enjoyable to work at making candles; it is satisfying, hard work. She makes a final product with a pleasant fragrance that people will enjoy. “To me, it's about creating a quality product that symbolizes our
paved pathway of light in Jesus Christ. Through Him may we let our
lights shine brightly..." (Matt 5:16).
Their candles have it all: high quality, an affordable price, and aesthetics. The family is happy with the business as it is now but will allow it to change when the time comes. Shannon hopes the Cow’s Candle will grow, but in a way that will always remain loyal to the local community.
Currently we carry a candle in an 8-ounce vintage-style Mason jar, in scents such as Mooberry, Vanilla Milk, Classy Cow (a brandied pear scent), and Bull Nettle. We also carry melts, squares of wax that are melted over a warmer, enabling flame-free fragrance.