Maple: It’s Not Just for Syrup

Photo Courtesy of Paul Richardson

Maple sugaring season hasn’t reached its peak yet, as producers wait for those perfect opportunities when the days are above 40 and nights below freezing on a consistent basis, and the sap really starts to flow. During this time of year, when sugaring is gearing up, and all year round, you can find fantastic maple products on our shelves, above and beyond the wonderful syrups you know and love.

Butterworks Farm in Westfield, VT, makes a yogurt sweetened with organic maple syrup, purchased from their neighbors at Butternut Mountain Farm.  These are all on member sale for the month of March and include the lemon yogurt, non-fat vanilla, and the maple yogurts, in the small and larger sizes.

Quaker Hill in Randolph, VT, makes maple-sweetened cashew granola available in our bulk department which is recommended by Terry, our bulk buyer.

Tierra Farm, in Valatie, NY, also has a line of maple glazed cashews, mixed nuts, pecans, and walnuts which will be on sale all month long in bulk, all glazed with locally sourced maple syrup.

The Maple Guild in Island Pond, VT, makes an extremely versatile organic maple cream which can be used on toast, in smoothies, or as a dip for fruit or snacks.

Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham, VT, makes a bulk granola sweetened with their own maple syrup, and a maple spice rub that can be used to marinate seafood such as salmon or meats like chicken, pork or beef.

Vermont Maple Sriracha in Rutland, VT, makes a hot sauce made with Vermont maple syrup, fresh peppers, and garlic to add “sweet savory heat to whatever dish you add it to.”

Sweet on Vermont in Burlington, VT, makes two different maple brittle varieties we carry, a Vermont maple brittle with almonds and Vermont chocolate-dipped maple brittle with almonds.

Vermont Salumi in Plainfield, VT, makes a maple breakfast pork sausage that is a favorite of Nick, our meat and fish buyer, who notes it’s “A hearty way to start the day before you go out and check the buckets to see how the sap is running.”

Slopeside Syrup, in Richmond, VT, makes a variety of snack waffles and fuel shots, made with pure maple syrup and providing a tasty fuel for athletes or anyone needing a little pick-me-up.

Morse Farm, in Montpelier, VT, makes a variety of maple products, including pure maple granulated sugar. Try it as a wonderfully sweet alternative to regular sugar in your coffee or tea.

We’ve also got our own amazing maple-focused product, our store-made maple spiced nuts, using Vermont syrup from Slopeside Syrup. This snack goes great with fresh cheese and berries or all on its own, and can be found in the bakery case with the other freshly baked store-made baked goods.

Photos courtesy of Paul Richardson.