March is Maple Month
When the days start to lengthen, and the sun feels noticeably warmer on the skin, you know it’s sugaring time.
When the days start to lengthen, and the sun feels noticeably warmer on the skin, you know it’s sugaring time. Sugarmakers around the state have set their taps and await 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.
Benito’s Hot Sauce (Morrisville, VT) 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.
Kingdom Creamery (East Hardwick, VT) is a third-generation Vermont dairy farm. They make various products on the farm, including Majestic Maple ice cream.
Morse Farm (Montpelier, VT) makes various maple products, including pure maple granulated sugar –a wonderfully sweet alternative to regular sugar in your coffee or tea.
North Country Smokehouse (Claremont, NH) makes excellent Smoky Maple Links that add hearty goodness to breakfast.
Quaker Hill (Randolph, VT) makes maple-sweetened cashew granola available in our bulk department and comes highly recommended by Terry, our bulk buyer.
Rogers Farmstead (Berlin, VT) makes an organic, whole-milk yogurt sweetened with organic Vermont maple syrup.
Sweet on Vermont (Burlington, VT) makes a Vermont maple brittle with almonds and Vermont chocolate-dipped maple brittle with almonds.
Sugar Bob’s (Rutland, VT) specializes in smoked maple products. The owner boils the syrup, then turns it into smoked maple BBQ sauce, sriracha, and spiced nuts.
Tierra Farm (Valatie, NY) has a line of maple-glazed cashews, mixed nuts, pecans, and walnuts.
Trade Winds Farm (Shoreham, VT) 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 Salumi (Plainfield, VT) makes a maple breakfast pork sausage, a favorite of Nick, our meat and fish buyer. Nick 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.”
Don’t forget to check our beer and wine department for seasonal selections featuring maple flavors. 14th Star Maple Breakfast Porter, Bent Hill Brewery Maple Red Ale, and Champlain Orchards Mac and Maple are just a few examples of how our local brewers celebrate spring.
Snow Farm Fox Hill maple wine puts a classic Vermont twist on wine. Raise a glass in a toast to springtime!