2014 Fancy Food Show in the rear-view

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.

It’s here: Our new Cold Brew Coffee Caramel

Love caramel?   Love coffee?

Yes? Well then, grab a spoon, friend, because THIS is the caramel you’ve been dreaming of.
To our mouth-watering Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce (made with fresh, sweet milk from our own herd of beloved dairy goats and hand-stirred to perfection over the course of 5 hours in traditional copper kettles) we’ve added the ultimate Cold Brew Coffee lovingly crafted by Portland’s own Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
What makes this cold brew AMAZING?  According to Stumptown: Over 12 hours of steeping and a double filtration process resulting in “a complex, smooth and sweet, full-bodied brew with bright juiciness, low acidity and a long chocolate finish.”
Like, a wink and a smile, our velvety caramel and Stumptown’s refreshing cold brew simply GO TOGETHER.  …deliciously.
Our Cold Brew Coffee Caramel, with its smooth texture, subtly sweet tang, and bewitchingly delicate coffee finish, will remind you of your favorite coffee ice cream – only better.  Before you know it you’ll be trying to figure out how to destroy the spoon-and-empty-jar evidence of your new love affair.  (“It was the dog.”)
You can buy it HERE now.
How have we been using this tasty stuff?  On ice cream, obviously.
And floats.
And drizzled over our favorite breakfast rolls.
Many more recipe ideas to follow – stay tuned!

Salted Bourbon Caramel Roasted Almonds Recipe & a Pint

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.

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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#

Steve Reid-founding father

 

So fresh and so green, green

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!

On set at Fat Toad 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.

Farmer Diva

Matt in the barn

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.

Chicken hugging

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Thanks so much, guys!  It was such a pleasure to have you here on the farm with us this week!

 

 

 

 

 

New Gifts & Free shipping for Mother’s Day!

Love your mum

Just in time for Mother’s Day, our fabulous new gift boxes have arrived!   Check out our lovely new kraft gift boxes, each wrapped in an elegant white sleeve boasting our trusty Fat Toad logo and a special message to you from all of us Fat Toad Farmers.

Buy our brand new “Toadally” Cute Petit Caramel Gift Box for your mum HERE. Four 2oz jars, one each of our classic goat’s milk caramel sauces: Original, Salted Bourbon, Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon.

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Buy our  brand new Classic Two Jar Caramel Gift Box for your mum HERE. Two 8oz jars of your two favorite flavors of our classic goat’s milk caramel sauces: Original, Salted Bourbon, Vanilla Bean, or Cinnamon.  

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Or is your mum a sweet and savory kind of gal? Try our new DIY Caramel & Sea Salt Gift HERE. Combine our unique goat’s milk caramel sauce with the perfect amount of Jacobsen Salt Co.‘s hand-harvested finishing salt over ice cream, fruit, or chocolate cake.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Thrilled to be working with Food52 again!

…and their fabulously talented food photographers.  I am a HUGE Food52 fan, I especially love following them and their delightful food antics on instagram.  …which makes it all that much more exciting to be working with them again, and just in time for Mother’s Day!   Check out their beautifully curated shop of culinary delights – Provisions – which now also includes a duo of our goat’s milk caramel sauces in burlap gift bags.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!   look forward to seeing what tasty recipes they come up with using our caramel sauces.  YUM!