Funnily enough, the VT Cheese Council updated their map during our Vermont Cheese Trail Vacation. Since Fat Toad Farm technically doesn’t make cheese, they are no longer listed. But I am so glad we printed out the old version when we did, because it ended up being my favorite stop of the whole trip, and I wouldn’t have known about the farm otherwise.
Fat Toad Farm specializes in making amazing caramel sauces with goats milk, from goats they raise and milk right on site.
It was a gorgeous late summer afternoon when we arrived, and we were greeted by Katie, the shepherdess and “Mistress of Herd Health”. She gave us a quick tour of the property before taking the goats out on one of their daily foraging walks through the woods. Katie told us that they do everything on site, the goats are milked in a room adjacent to where the caramel sauces are made, jarred, labeled, and packaged to be shipped all over the world.
We then visited the farm store and got to try every.single.flavor of the the goat milk caramel sauces. Since we’ve been home we’ve received more than a few odd looks when we tell people about them, but they must not realize it tastes almost like your normal caramel sauce, except 1000 times better. The goat milk adds a special depth and richness, and also prevents the sauces from being cloying. Fat Toad Farm has developed such creative and delectable flavors, my favorites were the Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Caramel, the Salted Bourbon Caramel, and the Apple Cider Caramel, but it was so hard to choose which ones to take home with us!
We also met one of the farm’s owners, Judith, who described the fascinating process of developing new flavors. The farm shop had several recipe cards featuring their caramel sauces, which you can also find on their website.
We already finished the sauces we brought home with us, but I am dying to try the sticky bun recipe and know I will be ordering more from their online shop soon. There are two videos on their website that do a great job showing you around the farm, though I promise it’s worth the drive to see it in person!
Check out the other great places we visited on the Vermont Cheese Trail!