Don’t Miss Market Day & Dinner! Sunday August 21st in Pond Village, Brookfield, Vt

Floating Bridge Food and Farms Newsletter - Vermont

Sunday is Market Day & Dinner on the lawn at Ariel’s Restaurant

This much we know:FBFF_Logo

  • Farmers carry their best product to market and summer’s beauty crescendos!
  • Step foot in Brookfield and you experience quintessential qualities of a village
  • Dine at Ariel’s Restaurant and you’ll be delighted
  • Contribute to the development of a cooperative of local farms and businesses and the preservation of the Brookfield Old Town Hall –  and you’ll feel good!

What you will have to discover!

  • Which of your favorite fresh foods are now available?
  • Can you complete your holiday shopping because the auction and market are so tempting?
  • How spectacular will the farm fresh food be now that our talented chef has a new tool/toy to inspire?
  • How much warmth a wood-fired oven meal can add to a community?

Join us on Sunday, August 21st for a fabulous day of delicious local food in Brookfield’s historic Pond Village

1-4pm Farmers Market at Brookfield’s Old Town Hall

Over a dozen Co-op members will have the freshest produce, meats, eggs, and treats — don’t forget the syrup and caramel – perfect with Turkey Hill Farm’s new yogurt!

Meet the farmers, pick up delicious farm fresh food and learn about farm experiences.

4-7pm Dinner and Live Music, Lakeside on the back lawn at Ariel’s Restaurant

A buffet dinner made entirely from ingredients raised by Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative members will be crafted by Lee Duberman using her new wood-fired clay oven. The meats are all pasture-raised, sustainably. The vegetables fresh from our fields. The cooking talent, award winning.

Live music lakeside will be courtesy of:  Patti Casey, Susan Reid and Beth Telford


  • Wood Fired Oven Roasted Chicken
  • Wood Fired Oven Roasted Porchetta (Pork tenderloin wrapped in Pork Belly)
  • Wood Fired Ove Roasted Ratatouille with Ricotta Salata
  • Potato and Green Bean Salad with lemon Basil Vinagrette
  • Salad of Kale and Swiss Chard
  • Wood Fired Oven Pizzas: including

Bacon, onion & italian sausage

Spinach, tomato, roasted garlic and ricotta cheese

Tomato, basil and goat cheese

Classic Margherita and Margherita with sausage

And yes, Dessert is included:

  • Mixed Berry and Granola Crisp
  • Yogurt and Ricotta Cheese with Honey & Goat Caramel
  • Assorted cookies

The Dinner buffet is: $20/person; $8 for kids 6-12

Pizza slices will also be available for $3/slice

Wine, Beer and soda will be available for purchase from Ariel’s Restaurant.

Guarantee your spot at the picnic diner with a reservation – call Ariel’s at: 802-276-3939

In addition:

1-7pm Silent Auction at the Old Town Hall

Great items from the Floating Bridge Food and Farms members including Sleigh Rides, Overnight stays, classes, honey, candles, gift boxes, even Christmas Tree (certificate) and Lattés on the Hoof!






Fixing a hole where the rain gets in

Fixing a hole where the rain gets in… to keep our goats from getting wet.

It’s been raining on Fat Toad Farm for days.  The goats are hunkered down and quiet, enjoying a lazy hours inside snoozing. They seem to be under the impression they will melt in rain and are reluctant to so much as poke their heads out of their warm dry greenhouse.









In other news, welcome to Mr. Buckley! This is our new Nigerian Dwarf buck, Mr. Buckley:








At first I worried that his name was slightly lacking in inventiveness, but he and I hung out for a little while this afternoon, bonding over a handful of grain and  he does have a kind of a cute, professorial look to him, which fits “Mr. Buckley” perfectly.   Having only arrived yesterday he’s still pretty nervous about his new Fat Toad Farm digs… although it’s also possible he’s just PSYCHED to be in such close proximity to so many HOT lady goats.   Woooot!

I’m more concerned about his height.  He is here to breed with our March doelings and hopefully father smaller (dwarf?) babies to make their first round of motherhood a little bit easier, but at a whopping 2 feet tall he’s definitely a head or two shorter than most of the doelings.  My dad assures me that when this entire herd goes into heat in the fall, height is of no consequence.  😉

Go Mr. Buckley!

The Today Show with Bobby Flay

Can you believe we’re now chums with Bobby Flay? Well, not really but we did get a mention on the July 26th airing of the Today Show a few weeks ago. Susie Biggers visited the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. and picked up a variety of products including our own Toadally Cute Caramel Samplers.

Bobby knew what Cajeta was (of course) and we appreciate sharing the stage with him. Did we mention that you can now find our caramel in Williams Sonoma stores? The Toad is getting around. Hop on over to the on-line store and pickup some cajeta and see why!