When the days start to lengthen, and the sun feels noticeably warmer on the skin, you know it’s sugaring time. Sugar makers all around the state have set their taps and are awaiting the flow of our state’s signature liquid gold. While there is no need to adulterate maple syrup to enjoy its sweet deliciousness, it can be made into some incomparable treats. Check out these iterations from local producers.
Rogers Farmstead in Berlin makes an organic, whole milk yogurt sweetened with organic Vermont maple syrup.
Quaker Hill in Randolph makes maple-sweetened cashew granola available in our bulk department and comes highly recommended by Terry, our bulk buyer.
Tierra Farm in Valatie, NY, has a line of maple-glazed cashews, mixed nuts, pecans, and walnuts.
Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham makes 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 makes a hot sauce with local maple syrup, fresh peppers, and garlic to add “sweet and savory heat to any dish.”
Sweet on Vermont in Burlington makes a Vermont maple brittle with almonds and Vermont chocolate-dipped maple brittle with almonds.
Vermont Salumi in Plainfield makes a maple breakfast pork sausage that is a favorite of Nick, our meat and fish buyer. He says it’s “a hearty way to start the day before you go out and check the buckets to see how the sap is running.”
Morse Farm in Montpelier 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.
Benito’s Hot Sauce out of Morrisville is known for its hot sauce, bringing the heat to maple syrup. Try their chipotle or habanero and ghost pepper-infused syrups when you want a bit of zip with your sweetness.
North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, NH, makes excellent Smoky Maple Links that add hearty goodness to your breakfast.
Our Co-op-made maple spiced nuts, using locally made Slopeside Syrup, goes great with fresh cheese and berries or all on its own. Find it in the bakery case with the other freshly baked store-made treats.
Don’t forget to check our beer and wine department for seasonal selections featuring maple flavors. 14th Star Maple Breakfast Porter, Stone Corral Chocolate Maple Porter, and Champlain Orchards Mac and Maple are just a few examples of how our local brewers celebrate spring.