We had a great several day visit from the ever-entertaining and positive Fedex crew this spring who put together this short clip about our farm and the goat’s milk caramel that we have become known for over the years. We were SSOO excited to receive the Fedex Small Business grant out of 5,000 businesses across the nation! Have fun watching this video to see how our caramel is made and of course catch some goat cameos! Watch here!
We are feeling the waning summer days here at the farm. Cold misty mornings, tall corn stalks, and slowing milk production are all signs of the changing seasons. For now, grass is still abundant and the goats spend their days grazing and browsing in the woods. Both the goats and the Fat Toaders are enjoying August, soaking up as much sunshine as we can! Hope you are enjoying it too!
PHEW! We made it! The Fat Toad Farm crew survived another wild ride through the summer Fancy Food Show in NYC. …and after two full weeks of mental and physical distance, I think I finally ready to talk about it. ;) Despite the heat, the city traffic, and all the tiny dogs, I think we put in a good showing and our booth looked fabulous. (If I do say so myself!)
Nourished by iced coffee and apple walnut muffins from Magnolia Bakery – which was mercifully located 1/2 block away from our apartment – we spent three days in our beautiful booth catch up with some of our favorite goat’s milk caramel customers and converting strangers into new friends and fans.
Our New Cold Brew Coffee Caramel was particularly convincing partner in our effort to win over new caramel lovers. Made with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew, this caramel’s smooth texture, subtly sweet tang, and bewitchingly delicate coffee finish, will remind you of your favorite coffee ice cream – only better. You can buy it HERE now.
As much as we enjoyed the bagels, the dim sum, and the , we are country girls at heart, and breathed a collective sigh of relief when we hit Brattleboro late Tuesday night. Ahhhhhh. Home sweet home.
There’s no place like Vermont.
Peace out FFS. Until next year.
S’mores are without a doubt on of my favorite parts about summer in Vermont. Evening bonfires, marshmallows toasted to a lovely golden brown, melty chocolate, crispy grahams, and of course our s’more are not complete without CARAMEL! Gimme. Gimme. Gimme.
Love caramel? Love coffee?
A special recipe and gift for Father’s Day – Salted Bourbon Caramel Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt – plus a one-of-a-kind Fat Toad Farm Pint Glass. A perfect fit for every papa’s pallet.
1 lb of whole roasted almonds (unsalted)
1 8 oz jar of Fat Toad Farm Salted Bourbon Caramel (or your favorite flavor!)
1 Tablespoon of sea salt
Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, use a spoon to mix a little over half of the jar of caramel (or 4 oz) in with the almonds until they are evenly covered. Sprinkle in the salt while mixing. Spread almonds evenly on parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Watch closely so that the caramel gets crispy but does not burn. Let cool and remove from parchment paper. Serve as a delicious snack for Father’s Day.
Read more about our favorite father (Steve!) and find other awesome Father’s Day gift ideas in The Grommet’s New Father’s Day Gift Catalog: http://www.thegrommet.com/gifts/fathers-day/catalog#
I swear, there is nothing, NOTHING more beautiful or inspiring than spring in Vermont. I know I prolly say this about all the seasons (except the mud season), but there is something special about spring – especially this year – after such a long, horridly frigid winter. The lilacs around the farm have started to bloom and send their subtle, sweet perfume wafting through the open windows of the farm kitchen.
And the hostas are slowly unfurling their beautiful broad leaves. Is there a color called ‘New Green’? There should be. That light green-yellow color of brand new leaves, slightly transparent, full of promise. I love it, and it is EVERYWHERE.
The goats are big fans of ‘New Green’ as well. As of this week they have officially said ‘Goodbye’ to hay and ‘Yahoo!’ to fresh, new green grass. As they fan out into the fields in the morning their happy bleats sounds an awful lot like, ‘hallelujah!’.
So, here we are, adjusting to the rhythm of yet another summer in Vermont, loving the feel of the sun on our faces, the thrill of an impending thunder storm, the sounds of nesting birds, the smell new growth, and remembering why we love farming (it’s easy to forget in February).
Come join us in our warm weather revelry! Fat Toad Farm is open for tours on the weekends and holidays throughout the summer and our little farm store, where we sample and sell our farmstead goat’s milk caramel sauces and local cheeses, is open 7 days a week. Give Judith a call for more details: 802-279-0098. See you on the farm!
The fabulous FedEx film crew, consisting of Matt, Greg & Greg, has been on set at Fat Toad Farm this week filming our goats and trying to coax coherent statements out of us shy farmers. The final film product will highlight Fat Toad Farm as FedEx’s 2014 Small Business Grant Winner. Ahhhhh, the celebrity. It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to live it.
These guys are awesome – rolling with all the idiosyncrasies of life on a real-live goat dairy and navigating (with grace and humor) around a number of unique hurdles, including, nosy goats, a sharp-toothed puppy, and a one-and-a-half year old toddler farmer who enjoys pulling on camera cords and chasing chickens.
Thanks so much, guys! It was such a pleasure to have you here on the farm with us this week!