(Pictured from left to right: Photo 1- Steve Reid, Judith Irving, Allison Hooper, Bob Reese, Calley Hastings and Miles Hooper. Photo 2- Avalanche, an Alpine goat at her new home at Ayers Book Goat Dairy. Photo 3- Calley Hastings, co-owner of Fat Toad Farm, with the 'girls' at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy)
Since 2007, Fat Toad Farm has worked to perfect the art of goat's milk caramel making, focusing on traditional cooking methods and using a small number of fresh, simple, all-natural ingredients. Each year, our family-run goat dairy, owned by Steve Reid, Judith Irving, and Calley Hastings, has continued to grow incrementally to meet the increasing demand for our award-winning Goat's Milk Caramel Sauces. As we near our ninth year in production, we have outgrown our farm and are looking forward to the next steps for our family, farm, and caramel.
We are excited to announce that in January 2016, we will be partnering with Vermont Creamery to source a year-round supply of fresh, local goat's milk. Our beautiful and mischievous herd of 75 dairy goats will be moving eight miles down the road to Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, a first-of-its-kind model goat dairy in the United States run by Vermont Creamery. Not only will our goats be supplying milk for both our goat's milk caramel sauces and Vermont Creamery's award-winning artisanal cheeses, they will be a part of the growth and improvement of the Vermont goat dairy industry.
Our goal has always been and will continue to be to produce the highest quality, traditional goat's milk caramel sauces, using the freshest goat's milk available. Our dedicated team will keep producing our Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce right here on our farm, meticulously hand-stirring it to velvety perfection in small batches. We are grateful for this amazing opportunity to work with Vermont Creamery, one of the country's signature businesses in agriculture and the specialty food industry, as it allows Fat Toad Farm to continue to grow and remain an active member in the Vermont agricultural community.
Rest assured, you will still find us down our beautiful, winding, sometimes muddy, sometimes snowy, sometimes really muddy, dirt road carving through the hills of Central Vermont producing the traditional goat's milk caramel we always have.
(Pictured from left to right: Photo 1- Bob Reese, Miles Hooper, Allison Hooper, Steve Reid, Calley Hastings and Judith Irving. Photo 2- Steve Reid, co-owner of Fat Toad Farm, and Miles Hooper, Crop Manager at Ayers Brook Goat Dairy. Photo 3- Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, Co-Founders of Vermont Creamery.)