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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Caramel Loves Company! Introducing our new DIY Caramel & Finishing Salt Gift

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Buy it HERE now 

Introducing the DIY Caramel & Sea Salt Gift – a NEW caramel gift concept with a salty DIY twist!  Enjoy Fat Toad Farm’s unique goat’s milk caramel sauce with the perfect amount of Jacobsen Salt Co.‘s hand-harvested finishing salt as determined by you and your own discriminating taste buds.  Here’s the scoop:

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The Caramel: Made in small batches with fresh milk from our own herd of pastured dairy goats, Fat Toad Farm’s Goat’s Milk Caramel is meticulously hand-stirred to velvety perfection over the course of five hours in traditional copper kettles.  Rich and creamy, our not-too-sweet Original Caramel Sauce delivers the unmistakably tangy depth of your favorite chèvre balanced with the simplicity of fresh milk and pure cane sugar.  In the true spirit of farmsteading, we exclusively use milk from our own goats, and personally shepherds each case of caramel from grass, to goat, to jar, and into your hands (or mouth!).

The Salt: Harvested straight from the cold waters of Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast using traditional methods, Jacobsen Salt Co.’s pure flake sea salt boasts an impeccable balance of salinity and minerality perfect for finishing off any dish from grilled pork chops to fresh-baked cookies.  Each big, delicate, bright white salt flake is coaxed to life over the course of 125 hours of filtering, boiling, and evaporating, until achieving pure, unadulterated flavor vibrancy. Follow Jacobsen’s blog HERE.

  “We were first introduced to Fat Toad Farms just under a year ago. Until then, such an incredible caramel was merely the stuff of our dreams, or a dedicated afternoon in the kitchen. We opened the jar, added a dash of sea salt, and it was gone in minutes. In learning more about Fat Toad’s story and mission, we knew we had to find a way to reach out across the country and work together. For us, this take on salty sweet is a celebration of slow food, simple pleasure, bi-coastal friendship and home.”  – Jacobsen Salt Co.

To your discerning taste buds we humbly submit this sweet and savory collaboration between two companies wholly dedicated to honesty, quality craftsmanship, and taste.  Sprinkle salt flakes on caramel drizzled over ice cream, cupcakes, poached pears, brownies, or dark chocolate cake and enjoy!

Buy it HERE now