February 5, 2018
Vermont Business Magazine
Fat Toad Farm in Brookfield has received a 2018 Good Food Award for their Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce! The nation’s leading food producers, grocers, chefs, journalists and activists united in San Francisco on Friday, January 19th to honor the 199 Good Food Award winners.
An annual awards ceremony now in its eighth year, the Good Food Awards recognizes American food and drink craters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsibly made products and in doing so, better the nation’s food system. The 2018 winners are not only commended for their creativity but also for their sustainable production methods that showcase the highest social and environmental standards. These producers protect the land, continue to push the bounds of their craft, and respect their peers, all the while redefining the breadth of the American table.
Their Original Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce is made with 3 simple, all-natural ingredients ( Goat's milk, pure cane sugar and baking soda) 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 specialty food stores across the United States.
This year, the Good Food Awards distinguished value-added food and beverage products in fifteen categories (beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits). Notably, these foods and beverages collectively represent over $200 billion of America’s gross domestic product, a sum that is larger than the cattle and pork industries combined. The 2018 winners yield from 34 states and D.C., emerging to the top amongst 2,057 entries in a blind tasting with 277 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 ceremony, which took place at the San Francisco War Memorial, began with a keynote speech from Madhur Jaffrey before heading over to the AirBNB’s headquarters for a celebratory reception. The evening, which started with a glass of sparkling dry Shacksbury Cider, was a chance to honor these hard working cheesemakers, brewers, roasters, picklers, curers and confectioners for their contribution and unwavering dedication to building a vibrant American food culture. The evening also reinforced the importance of supporting the many players behind this taste and intentional food community as echoed in Good Food Awards Founder Sarah Weiner’s closing remarks:
“This past year has been one of awakening. It was the year we realized that if we want a free press, we need to subscribe to trustworthy newspapers. We understood that we the people must stand up for what we believe in with our words, our actions and our resources. Money speaks. And if we want a tasty, authentic and responsible food culture, we must speak up for it.”
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 ten 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 eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oil, pantry, pickles, preserves 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.