Fat Toad Farm Wins Good Food Award for the 4th Year in a Row

Good Food AwarFat Toad Farm is thrilled to announce that we have won a 2020 Good Food Award for our Cinnamon Caramel.  The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible.

The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers.  An annual recognition program now in its tenth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates American food and drink crafters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsible products and in doing so, bettering our nation’s food system. Each of the 2020 winners has demonstrated both a mastery of their craft and a commitment to maintaining exceptionally high social and environmental standards in their work.

This year, the Good Food Awards distinguished makers in sixteen categories (beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, grains, honey, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits). The 2020 winners come from 38 states, Washington, D.C. and Guam, rising to the top amongst 1,835 entries in a blind tasting with 252 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries underwent a rigorous vetting process to verify they were not only exceptionally tasty, but met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria required to become a Good Food Award winner. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

Fat Toad Farm is incredibly proud to have gone through this process and to have won our 5th Good Food award.  As a family owned and operated business located in Brookfield, Vermont, we are excited to gain this recognition.

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THE VOTES ARE IN: MEET THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS OF 2020

These 307 food & drink crafters from 42 states, D.C. and Guam represent the best in delicious, sustainable fare

San Francisco, CA (November 5, 2019) – As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 307 companies in the running for a 2020 Good Food Award. With a demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and growing their businesses in harmony with a better food system, these outstanding crafters represent the nation’s best in delicious, sustainable fare.

The 2020 Finalists recognized today are emphasizing fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients. Finalists from across the 17 categories are crafting food that is good for both consumers and the environment, favoring practices that build soil health for generations to come without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

The 403 products listed below from these 307 outstanding food and drink crafters first rose to the top in a blind tasting of 1,835 entries by 252 grocers, makers, farmers, journalists and chefs; then passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding ingredient sourcing and environmentally sound agricultural practices. An additional 17 high scoring products were disqualified for not meeting the sustainability standards.

Amongst the Finalists are Amber Lambke of Maine Grains, a company in this year’s new Grains category with a bold idea to repurpose a jailhouse into a gristmill, Laura Stewart of Haw River Mushrooms, a North Carolina-based farm transforming oyster mushrooms into vegan jerky, and Paul Backbier of Island Honey Bee, the first ever Good Food Award Finalist from Guam. All of the Finalists – including 113 companies (28%) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fishermen to actively build a better food system.

The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 17, 2020, at a 1,000 person gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Strawberry Almond Flour Cake with Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce

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We’ve found our favorite Mother’s Day recipe! The Strawberry Almond Flour Cake adapted from King Arthur Flour. The best part of this cake is that you can use caramel two ways. Make homemade whipped cream using caramel as a sweetener then drizzle caramel on top of the cake before serving. Follow the original recipe and then make our whipped cream recipe below. Note: if you want a two layer cake as shown in the photo double the King Arthur recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup Fat Toad Farm goat’s milk caramel

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a stand-up mixer whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add caramel and vanilla and whip for 10 more seconds until fully incorporated. Spread whipped cream on first layer of cake. Place second cake on top and spread on top layer. Top with fresh berries and drizzle with caramel.

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G.O.A.T Kidding Season

3 things go hand-in-hand in March in Vermont. Mud season + sugaring season + goat kidding season. We would happily let go of mud season, we get fueled up by being out in the woods for sugaring season but the cute little baby goats are what truly get us through the end of winter to the green pastures. Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is doing an amazing job bringing lots of little goat kids into the world!

Pancakes Drizzled with Maple Caramel Sauce

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Recipe adapted from The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook

Time: 20 minutes         Yield: 15 pancakes (depending on size)

Ingredients:

4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 to 4 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 eggs

1 quart buttermilk or yogurt

1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter or vegetable oil (optional)

Topping:

8oz Fat Toad Farm Vermont Maple Caramel Sauce

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.

In a second bowl, mix the buttermilk and melted butter (or oil) together. Separate the eggs setting the whites aside to fold in later and add only the yolks to the buttermilk and butter mixture. Take about 20 seconds and blend this mixture into the dry ingredients. Finally, in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites that you set aside until they form stiff peaks and fold them into the mixture.

Heat up your griddle and pour about a quarter cup of the mixture for each pancake leaving enough space for them to expand. Turn them when the bubbles on the top surface pop and don’t fill in. The second side takes only half the amount of time needed to cook the first.

Serve them up with a healthy drizzle of Fat Toad Farm Vermont Maple Caramel Sauce and be prepared to lick your plate clean!

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Welcome to Goat Town!

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Welcome to Goat Town! All things goat in the heart of Vermont. Known for hill farms, small manufacturing and strong community, this Central Vermont area is home to a group of entrepreneurs whose creative businesses all revolve around goats.
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Miles Hooper and Daryll Breau (l) and Don and Allison Hooper (r) 

Owners of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy  
Striving to exemplify the highest standard of animal husbandry and care for the land 
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At Fat Toad Farm we get goat milk from Ayers Brook Goat Dairy and Vermont Creamery for our Goat’s Milk Caramel sauce!
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Calley Hastings of Fat Toad Farm 
Makers of award-winning Goat’s Milk Caramel 
 
Fat Toad Farm  Traditional Goat’s Milk Caramel made 7 miles up the road!
 
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Quality gloves made in Vermont for nearly 100 years
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Best gloves for feeding goats and farm work! Made by Green Mountain Glove 3 miles down the road!
 
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Miles Hooper of Vermont Chevon 
Premium goat meat raised with consideration for the animals, environment and community
 
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Adeline Druart, Kara Young and Matt Reese from Vermont Creamery 
Consciously crafted delicious dairy that tastes better because it is better!
 

Vermont Creamery makers of award winning fresh and aged cheeses and butter

Fat Toad Farm Wins Good Food Award for 4th Year in a Row

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Fat Toad Farm Wins 4th Good Food Award

Fat Toad Farm is excited to announce that they received a 2019 Good Food Award for their Vanilla Bean Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce. The nation’s leading food producers, grocers, chefs, journalists and activists united in San Francisco on Friday, January 11th to honor the 220 Good Food Award winners. An annual awards ceremony now in its ninth year, the Good Food Awards recognizes American food and drink creators who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsibly made products and in doing so, better the nation’s food system. Each of the 2019 winners demonstrates both a mastery of their craft and a commitment to maintaining exceptionally high social and environmental standards in their work.

Their Vanilla Bean Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce is made with 4 simple, all-natural ingredients (goat’s milk from Ayer’s Brook Goat Dairy and Vermont Creamery, pure cane sugar, baking soda, and whole vanilla beans) and is meticulously hand-stirred to velvety perfection over the course of 5 hours. The result of this traditional cooking process is a rich and creamy, not-too-sweet caramel that delivers an irresistibly complex flavor. Their award-winning product line of goat’s milk caramel sauces, comprised of eight mouthwatering flavors (Original, Salted Bourbon, Cold Brew Coffee, Spicy Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Vermont Maple, Cinnamon, and Irish Whiskey Cream), can be found online at www.fattoadfarm.com and in local specialty food stores and across the United States.

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This year, the Good Food Awards distinguished value-added food and beverage products in sixteen categories (beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits). The 2019 winners yield from 34 states and D.C., emerging to the top amongst 2,035 entries in a blind tasting with 262 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Award.

The gala Award Ceremony began with a glass of sparkling cider from winner Liberty Ciderworks and ended in an affirmation from Director Sarah Weiner of why, at this particular moment in time, the work of the 220 winners – each one a talented artisan, local business owner and sustainability advocate – is so important:

“Through your very existence – by growing and thriving and continuing on through seasons of boom and bust – you show everyone that America’s appetite for truly good food is here to stay. At a time when the message of ‘us versus them’ grows louder, you quietly yet firmly send a different message about how this country works and what we value. Every day – through the choice to protect our land and waters, to pay fairly and transparently, to build community wellness alongside your businesses – you say ‘all of us or none of us.”

About Fat Toad Farm 

Fat Toad Farm is a family-run business in Brookfield, Vermont that specializes in the production of goat’s milk caramel sauce, based on the traditional Mexican confection known as cajeta. It is run by husband and wife team Steve Reid and Judith Irving, and their daughter Calley Hastings. The family has spent the last eleven years perfecting the art of goat’s milk caramel making, focusing on traditional cooking methods and using a small number of fresh, simple, all-natural ingredients. For more information, visit www.fattoadfarm.com.

About the Good Food Awards

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now it its ninth year, awards will be given to winners in 16 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oil, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning produces assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.