Meet the Maker:
Starting out as an experiment in homesteading and hand milking a lovely French Alpine doe named Jupiter in our garage, Fat Toad Farm began its production sourcing all of our milk from our own herd of dairy goats.
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. Starting out as an experiment in homesteading and hand milking a lovely French Alpine doe named Jupiter in our garage, Fat Toad Farm began its production sourcing all of our milk from our own herd of dairy goats.
You can 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. Read more about our team below:
Steve Reid (Founder): We like to blame Steve for starting this whole thing with his dream of farming since he was a young boy raising sheep in Randolph, Vermont. Steve was the original impetus for getting our small herd of dairy of goats, which turned into a bigger herd of dairy goats. Steve is always willing to lend a hand whether it’s to a stranger or a lifelong friend. His good nature and calm attitude keep everyone positive at Fat Toad Farm.
Judith Irving (Founder): Judith is the friendly voice on the line when you call up Fat Toad Farm to talk about caramel, goats or toads! She runs all order fulfillment aspects of Fat Toad and enjoys working with our customers all across the US. You’ll find her taking walks with the dogs during the day, adding humor to every conversation and making sure every jar of caramel that goes out the door is well cared for.
Calley Hastings (Founder): Calley was born and raised in Brookfield where Fat Toad Farm is located. She is a lover of all things Vermont with a particular obsession with the working landscape probably due to her multigenerational family connection to farming throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Shewas head of Caramel Productin and Sales and Marketing until just recently when she transitioned to a position at Vermont's Farm Viability Program. She is still central to all strategic decision making.
Caramel Production Staff - a strong production staff will guide us through the busy holiday season, with Nate Bergoli heading things up. Nate and his family recently moved to Vermont and he lives about a mile away from Fat Toad Farm. His goal was to get involved in local food production and it doesn't get more local than this!