Text by Felicity Slater. Photo by Max Brownsberger.
Just in time for Halloween, there’s a new treat at the co-op: Big Picture Farm Caramels. You can find them in a big glass jar near the cash register. They are sold by the piece ($0.62 for members, $0.88 for non-members). Unlike the sticky, syrupy caramel at the center of Milk Duds and other mass-produced candies, these goat milk caramels are buttery, soft, and pleasantly flavored. They come in several flavors, including Sea Salt & Vanilla, Maple Cream, and Coco Latte. Savor them if you can: although I’ve never considered myself to be much of a caramel aficionado, the three that I bought were gone before dinner. Those who appreciate thoughtful packaging aesthetics will love the adorable goats and flowers on the wrappers.
Big Picture Farm is a small hillside goat dairy, confectionary, and creamery in Southern Vermont. The co-op sourcing team is proud to support independently and ethically run farms, and BPF fits the bill. Check out their beautiful website, for some great photos of their happy goats and the bucolic Vermont landscape. The farm’s free-range herd of 40 goats are rotated through green pastures and leafy woodlands, where they graze on the wild flora and fauna. Occasionally, their diets are supplemented with locally grown hay. According to founders Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell, the free range grazing technique results in creamy and flavorful milk which is perfect for making caramels. Indulge in some Big Picture Farm caramels the next time you stop by the co-op!