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If October is apples and colors and jack o'lanterns, November is light and shadow, the architecture of branches, and unpredictable skies of deeply faded hues. It's pie and roasts and the beginning of crock pot season, when you start your dinner early in the day and then at night when you clear the table you just put the covered pot outside because your front porch has become your walk-in fridge / freezer. The first snows have come hard and fast this year, there was a flirtation with snow in October but it came with a vengeance this week when we...

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There may be nothing lovelier than the colors of Stannard Mountain in September and October. Much like sugaring, one of the enigmatical things about foliage season is that it's difficult to predict. Wet summers, dry summers, hot summers, cool summers, the weather creates complex patterns that affect colors and timing differently every year. To live in a place with seasons is to appreciate unpredictability and to learn to live in the moment. Because tomorrow the wind might blow all the leaves off and foliage will be done until next year.

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As summer winds down and fall picks up, the Craftsbury Farmers' Market comes to an end. We had a great time selling maple candy and maple-sweetened baked treats. One of the biggest hits of the season was our chocolate-maple shortbread. The perfect mix of dense delicious shortbread and maple sugar, made bitter and perfect with unsweetened cocoa powder. Dip into coffee, hot cocoa or tea, or just enjoy as is. Cream 6.3 oz of softened butter Cream in 90 g of maple sugar, with a splash of vanilla extract (Yes, this recipe is in both oz and g - it's...

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Well, it's late September, which means here in Vermont it's time to cover plants some nights, time to make sure your firewood is well stacked, and time to start thinking about pulling the warm wool clothes out of storage. There is still time to enjoy outside without a bulky snow suit, time for last bonfires and s'mores, time to enjoy a cup of tea outside in the morning (with a blanket), time to play on the deck in the afternoon sun.  The weather is perfect for maple-sweetened banana bread and apple pie, maple bbq sauce on the last fall grillables, and...

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The saplines that bring maple sap from the trees to the sugarhouse do their work in the winter. But even in the summer we walk through to see if tree branches come down in storms, and to make sure trails are looking good. Summer in the sugarwoods!  

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