Farmers' Kitchen—Goat Goodies
by Calley Hastings Fat Toad Farm
Written onJune 01 , 2009
People often ask us how many calories are in our goat milk caramel. My answer is none. Which is a complete and total lie, but I figure if you’re going to eat it you probably don’t want to know the exact number of calories in it. What you might want to know instead is that the caramel is made from fresh goat milk produced on my family’s small farm in Brookfield. We take care of a goat herd of 50 fiercely independent and utterly adorable goats. We milk 22 does and have a family of babies, bucks, and teenagers who complete the herd. Our goats spend the winter months lounging around in a retrofitted greenhouse. The summer months are, of course, spent out on pasture and browse walks.
How this all came to be confounds me every day. We started off innocently with a few chickens, then added goats to the mix to supply the family with farm-fresh milk. Though goats produce significantly less milk than cows, they still produced more than we could drink. What do you do with extra milk? Make cheese of course! We started making all the likely suspects in our kitchen: mozzarella, fresh chevre, fromage blanc, feta, and cottage cheese. Then my sister Josey came home from Mexico, where she lives part time, with a recipe for cajeta (goat milk caramel). Like most people in the States, we had no idea what that was, but since we began making it I have grown to love caramel on just about everything.
Following is one of my favorite dessert recipes. It uses both our chevre and caramel to make a rich chocolate brownie. The slight tanginess of the chevre offsets the sweetness of the caramel and the chocolate.
Fat Toad Farm is a small family–run goat dairy in Brookfield. The family—Steve Reid, Judith Irving, Calley Hastings, and Josey Hastings—all fill various roles on the farm and in the production room. They make five flavors of fresh chevre (plain, maple, ginger cilantro sesame, sundried tomato basil, and olive) and four flavors of goat milk caramel (original, vanilla bean, coffee bean, and cinnamon). Visit www.fattoadfarm.com for more recipes and information, or call 802–279–0098.