Blog Archive for March 2017

31 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

What we're drinking this maple season - Maple Cask Rum Mojitos!

Maple Cask Rum is a collaboration between Mad River Distillers in Warren and Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company in Randolph. After aging the First Run Rum in charred and toasted new oak barrels, Mad River sends the empty rum barrels to Al Wood. He fills them with his homemade maple syrup and then ages the product at his sugarhouse. Once the syrup is bottled, the seasoned barrels are returned to Mad River Distillers, where aged rum is finished inside of them in their rickhouse. The resulting Maple Cask Rum is a sugar cane based spirit that drinks like a whiskey. It has notes of maple sweetness and oak, vanilla and toffee flavors.

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30 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Vermont Peppers Are Hot!

It's about to be April. . . which is not the height of harvest season in Vermont. Nevertheless we still have plenty of Vermont farm products available. It's also a time where our specialty food producers shine, preserving Vermont products each summer to enjoy through the year. Here's a profile of one food maker: Butterfly Bakery of Vermont. Thank you to the Vermont Fresh Network for sharing this from the Fresh Feed

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25 March, 2017 - by Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association

2017 Maple Open House Weekend

Maple Open House Weekend is a statewide event celebrating sugaring season. Sugar makers throughout Vermont will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Whether it’s the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses!

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20 March, 2017 - by DigIn VT Staff

Maple Getaway at Four Columns Inn

Maple Open House Weekend and festivities are making their way down to southern Vermont! We are less than a week out and as of now the weather forecast predicts the perfect conditions for sap to flow: days above freezing with nights dipping below. It's shaping up to be the perfect year to catch all the action.

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15 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Visit Silloway Maple Farm in Randolph

Maple Open House Weekend, and any time Bette Lambert of Silloway Maple Farm can welcome visitors to the sugarhouse in Randolph, Vermont is a favorite experience. "I love our way of life so much, farming and sugaring, I'm eager to share it with other people!" Hospitality is Bette's forte. Throughout the winter and spring season, maple is not the only harvest at Silloway. Bette can be found harvesting clean fresh snow after each storm to fill many trough coolers. Why snow? Bette collects the flakes to make sure she can offer authentic sugar on snow to their visitors year-round!     

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15 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Rest your Head at the Norwich Inn for Maple Open House Weekend

Established in 1797, the Norwich Inn in Norwich, Vermont is a historic Vermont property rich with tradition and many stories within its walls. The Inn was the first to welcome a US president to dinner! James Monroe visited the Inn's Tavern in 1817 and (rumor has it) the tavern operated in secret during Vermont's prohibition in the 1920s. Since then, the Inn has added modern comforts and efficiencies - they are a Green Hotel and committed to local as a long-time member of the Vermont Fresh Network - while keeping their historic charm. 

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14 March, 2017 - by DigInVT Staff

Maple Festivals Around the State

Maple Open House weekend is right around the corner but that's not all the state has to offer this time of year. Over the next few weeks, statewide festivals will be popping up to celebrate the Vermont's favorite sweetener. Find one near you! 

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13 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Sweet Stays! Maple Season Deals at Vermont Inns and B&Bs

It's the sweetest season here in the Green Mountain State, and sugar houses across Vermont are getting ready to welcome thousands of visitors to their businesses. More than 70 sugarhouses will open their doors to the public on March 25th and 26th for sap tapping, demonstrations, sugar bush tours, maple doughnut dining, sugar-on-snow and so much more!

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9 March, 2017 - by Dakin Farm

Maple Info: What's Up with the Grading?

Category: Seasonal Activities


March 25th and 26th is Maple Open House weekend all around Vermont. The Vermont Sugar Makers Association coordinates this event, and you can see the list of the open sugar houses here. Our events page is filling with special maple-themed events that will be taking place. Leading up to the weekend, we're posting some informational articles about maple syrup in Vermont. . . first up, the changes in maple grading - in a post originally published by Dakin Farm.

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9 March, 2017 - by Vermont Fresh Network

Baking with Maple

The all-natural, subtle sweetness of maple is a welcome ingredient in most baked goods, just ask Instructor Robyn Sargent of the Baking Education Center at King Arthur Flour. The Baking Education Center offers an array of classes aimed at helping the home chef bake like the pros and their recent Maple Madness class taught budding bakers how to celebrate one of Vermont’s most prized resources! Robyn generously shares her dos and don’ts for substituting maple for other sweeteners, and one of the delicious recipes featured in the class--a Maple Walnut Tart with maple syrup in both the crust, and the filling!  

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