Steve Reid is co-founder and co-owner of Fat Toad Farm. He is a SUPER busy guy but I was lucky enough to snag some of his time to answer a few questions about being a dad, grandpa and overall awesome dude. If you are ever lucky enough to meet him in person, you’ll find out very quickly he has a big heart, a great sense of humor and a serious love of craft beer!
What is your favorite flavor of Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce?
My favorite flavor is Vanilla Bean! If it is in one of our Fat Toad Farm squeeze bottles, I’ll put it on almost anything!
What is one of your favorite things about being a dad?
One of my favorite things about being a dad is getting to share a meal, a beer or whatever with each of my 4 kids, Hannah, Nick, Josey and Calley — one on one — now and then.
(Pictured below: Steve and his favorite son Nick!)
What is one of your favorite things about being a grandpa (or Boppa!)?
One of the coolest things about being a grandfather is being able to quite regularly spend time with all 4 of the rug rats.
(Pictured below: Grandsons Driscoll & Bailey helping with a quick dump run!)
Any special plans for Father’s Day?
Brunch with the extended family crew and hopefully no work!
Any advice for new dads?
Carpe Diem. (so little time; so many things to do with little kids)
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!
Have friends and family home for the holidays? Looking for something fun to do after Turkey Day? Come visit us at Fat Toad Farm for a tour of our goats, chickens, milking parlor, and caramel production room. Plus get all your Christmas shopping done locally at our little Farm Store while you enjoy a free cup of caramel hot cocoa with whipped cream!
Specials at our Farm Store
- Free Fat Toad Farm pint glass with each purchase of $30 or more
- 20% off FTF clothing
- Great prices on our Limited Edition Irish Whiskey Cream, special test recipes and seconds
See website for directions www.fattoadfarm.com or 787 Kibbee Rd Brookfield, VT
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Headed to a friend or family member’s house for Thanksgiving this year? Don’t show up empty handed! It’s rude! Don’t panic though – we’ve got the perfect hostess gift idea for you: Two jars of our best selling Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel each accompanied by our deliciously unique caramel pumpkin pie recipe printed on a hand-stamped turkey gift tag. Let the eating begin!
How about Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel in formal attire? We’ve spiffed up our (very manly) bourbon caramel for Father’s Day – click on the image below to take advantage of special pricing for pops!
This past Memorial Day weekend witnessed two unprecedented events here at Fat Toad Farm.
The first: An honest to goodness family beach vacation. Every single member of Fat Toad Farm family vacated this little farm for FOUR WHOLE DAYS. Our first family vacation in about 15 years – since us kids were awkwardly navigating the perils of junior high.
What’s that you say? Real farmers don’t take vacation? I know, it was very un-farmy of us. But, Farmer Steve’s brother Proctor was getting married in Bethany Beach Delaware and we just couldn’t miss it. …plus Real Vermont Farmers Don’t Milk Goats, so we’re already well out of the running when it comes to farm legitimacy. It was a beautiful beach wedding. Proctor and LaDawn glowed like little glowing-glowy glowworms:
…and I’ve never seen my cousins (Sam, Bill, Ellen) clean up so well.
The weather pulled itself together just in time for the ceremony, and Sunday was legit beach bathing weather. My 6 month-old son Driscoll provided endless hours on entertainment for family members and seemed to enjoy his introduction to the beach, despite discovering the ocean is freezing and sand is not tasty.
He does enjoy flying though…
The second unprecedented event: A sudden and violent death in the Fat Toad Farm automotive family while we were away. Evidently the universe felt compelled to reiterate that farmers must not take vacation and punish us for our Delaware beach transgressions. Our trusty farm truck, Big Blue, was smushed to death by a very large maple tree branch freed from its trunk by so much wind and rain. Several neighbors and a large crew of guys from Tree Works helped us unburden poor Big Blue (who started up like a champ and the crawled 50 feet to freedom despite massive internal injuries) and dismantle the offending tree.
Well, shucks. Anyone have a truck for sale?