Sunday, March 24, 2013

Getting a taste of Vermont yummyness

Over the weekend we visited Sugarbush Farm, a maple syrup and cheese farm in Woodstock, VT. Zach heard about them having an open house this weekend, and we've slacked off on doing these sorts of "New Englandy" things lately so we packed up the kids and drove the half hour or so to check it out, joined by friends Jody, Ethan, and baby Sam. The drive and the farm were, of course, adorable. I'm probably way over the limit on how many times I'm allowed to use that word to describe things up here, but there ya go.

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We toured the sugarhouse where they boil the tree sap down to maple syrup. They had this massive vat of boiling sap, and this teensy little silver container to hold the syrup that comes out-- apparently it takes 40 whole gallons of sap to make just 1 gallon of the syrup. Whoa. Just this past week a guest came to Donovan's school and showed them how to tap the maple trees in the play yard to collect sap so D informed us that he already knows ALL ABOUT getting the sap, but I think he enjoyed seeing a bit of how they turn it into actual maple syrup.

The cute, old-timey way to collect sap with the metal bucket... They had these on most of the trees by the farmhouse, but back in the woods you could see they had most of the trees rigged up with this plastic tubing connected to several trees, leading into a big tub to collect sap from them all at once. Not as cute, much more efficient.
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Boiling sap.

We then went into the sales room where they had tastings of the different grades of syrup (which we learned vary due to the way the trees produce the sap depending on the weather and time of year-- lighter amber/flavor early in the season, darker and richer as it warms up), their cheddars, and a bunch of different jams and jellies. The boys loved the syrup tastings, of course, but spent most of their time playing outside on the farm grounds.

(I love how these pictures look like the trees in the background got desaturated...that's 100% natural. I didn't touch the colors there.)
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Tractors! Snowmobiles! Oh my!

It was definitely a fun adventure, worth the trek. On our way back we stopped by the Simon Pearce store in Queechee to watch the glassblowers in action and I got a lot of cool pictures of that, too, but I'll save those for another post...
(Full set of pictures here on flickr)


  1. I love it! Thank you for sharing. Makes me proud to call VT my home!

  2. Gorgeous pictures!! the pop of colors on the boys' is really cool to see, as is just the beauty and quaintness of the site. Like the black&whites too.
    Glad you're taking in so much of what the area has to offer-- what great memories you'll all have, and if your memory fades, your pictures won't. :)

  3. What a fun field trip!

    I just love your photography style, btw. Keep up the good work!



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