You can tell when animals are well-loved, you know? They’re comfortable and friendly around people, they are affectionate and pleased with attention without being needy (though they might still chew on your shoelaces cutely.)
It was super apparent that the goats at Big Picture goat farm are well-loved. The goats were so chill and friendly and welcoming. Their goats loved to come up to us, to kiss and be kissed, their cute tiny little teeth loved to nibble on shirts and backpack straps, they loved to nuzzle their heads on our legs.
The goats names are so fitting and so sweet: Eloise, Winnimere, Orion, Django, Ginger, Fern. And many more.
We saw floppy eared goats, perky eared goats, milky white goats, brown goats, multi-colored goats.
We met the sweetest and sleepiest two week old goat kid, dubbed Gingerale, since his mom was Ginger.
Louisa and Lucas, who run the farm, told us super cute stories about the animals– for instance, their llama didn’t get along with any of the goats when it arrived– and it used to cry itself to sleep at night from loneliness. But as soon as a new batch of baby goats was born, it took to them immediately, and the baby goats loved the llama back. Since then it’s been their official babysitter.
That kind of genuine love is apparent in Big Picture Farms caramels too–there’s something so distinct and special about them. They’re sweet in a mellow way, chewy without being too sticky, there’s a creaminess from the goats milk, and the sea salt finishes it off. After being introduced to the caramels (Joshua had picked up a box from the candy store, during his visit here, and I subsequently bought several boxes from Birite), I visited their website and saw their adorable goats, and I knew I wanted to visit them if I were ever in Vermont.
That some time happened to be last weekend– when I found super cheap plane tickets to spend the weekend hiking with my friend Naveen. I wrote to Lucas and Louisa, who informed me they weren’t necessarily set up to take visitors but since I was coming all the way from San Francisco, they’d be happy to introduce me to the goats.
After an afternoon of goat petting and nuzzling, as Naveen and I said goodbye, we gave them silly watercolors we had made of the goats, and a polaroid taken of the goats that afternoon.
Know that when you eat Big Picture Farms goats milk caramels (if you’re in San Francisco, you can get them at BiRite or The Candy Store!), that they were made with love by the sweetest couple and the cutest goats on earth.
(photo 6 by Naveen)