Rural Vermont, RAFFL, and Tangled Roots Farm Host a Raw Dairy Processing Workshop

Learn to Make Paneer, Caramel, and Ice Cream on June 12th in Shrewsbury!

As temperatures heat up, take a minute to imagine sitting down with a big bowl of homemade ice cream topped with deliciously hot and gooey caramel that you’ve made yourself using the freshest raw milk from a neighbor. Learn everything you need to know (and more!) to make this image a reality when Rural Vermont partners with the Rutland Area Food & Farm Link (RAFFL) to bring its popular dairy processing series to Rutland County. Host Maeve Mangine of Tangled Roots Farm will lead participants through the process of making paneer, caramel, and ice cream from fresh, raw goats’ milk.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th from 1 – 4 pm at Tangled Roots Farm in Shrewsbury.

The fee for the class is $20-$40 sliding scale, and all proceeds will benefit Rural Vermont. Pre-registration is required and classes often sell out quickly, so be in touch today to reserve your spot! Registration fees are not refundable, and classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. For more information, to sign up, or to be added to Rural Vermont’s mailing list, call (802) 223-7222 or email

The class will cover the basics of dairy processing with raw milk, and serve as a good introduction for beginners, as well as an information sharing session for those who have some experience. Following the instruction and some delicious dairy taste testing, Maeve and her partner Lucas will lead folks on a tour of Tangled Roots Farm, including a meet and greet with the gracious goats providing the milk for the workshop.

Among the products being taught are ice cream and caramel, which of course go hand-in-hand and are a favorite summertime treat for many. Less familiar to folks might be paneer, a cheese of Indian origin, that is fresh, crumbly, and versatile enough to use in both sweet and savory dishes. One of paneer’s most interesting qualities is that it doesn’t melt, so it’s a perfect addition to summertime meals – toss it into a garden veggie stir-fry or grill it alongside kebabs! When it’s time for dessert, drizzle it with caramel for a unique treat.

Tangled Roots Farm in Shrewsbury, VT is co-owned and co-managed by Maeve Mangine.  It is a small, diversified farm focusing on heritage breed, grass and forest-fed pigs and chickens, dairy goats, and shiitake mushrooms. Their small herd of Alpine and Oberhasli goats provide farm-fresh milk from their days spent browsing and grazing the land. Their gourmet shiitake mushrooms are grown outdoors, shaded by the hardwood forest. More information about the farm and products available at

The Rutland Area Food & Farm Link (RAFFL) is the leading nonprofit helping to build a resilient local food system in the Rutland region – one in which fresh, healthy produce from local farms is readily available to all. For more info, visit

Rural Vermont will be scheduling additional dairy processing classes, as well as a couple of its ever-popular Ice Cream Socials, throughout the summer months. Stay tuned for the full schedule, to be posted at or call (802) 223-7222.

Rural Vermont is a statewide nonprofit group founded in 1985. For the last 25 years, Rural Vermont has been advancing its mission of economic justice for Vermont farmers through advocacy and education. For more info, call (802) 223-7222 or visit


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