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I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and LOVING the part about sugar snow, and the sugaring-off party. It seemed nothing less than magical.  While sugaring today is very different than it was in Laura's time, the magical moments are still there. Sugar on snow is one of those. The maple syrup is heated up to just the right temperature and poured over pans of fresh snow to turn into a taffy-like candy. Served with pickles (to cut the sweet), and donuts (to cut the pickles?), this is a truly magical spring treat.  Come visit us some spring, and...

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I don't know if everyone else has a strong flour preference, but here on Stannard Farm we love King Arthur Flour. This company is 100% employee owned, and based in Norwich Vermont. If you are a baker who loves maple syrup you must pick up their cookbook (here you go!), they do a great job with maple substitutions in a lot of the recipes. In addition to recipes and flour and other goodies is this lovely:  a cake mix made with Vermont maple sugar. Yum! Once upon a time I might have said all cakes should be made from scratch....

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Much like our 2017 season, we got an early start this year in February, but then sap slowed back down again and things got cold and snowy again. We'll have to see what the rest of the season brings!

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Living in Northeastern Vermont we are no strangers to cold. But this week of historically low temps has been a bit much, even by hardy Vermonter standards! It's 10am and -10. In weather like this, you run the furnace higher than usual so pipes don't burst. You burn more wood than you might have rationed. You bake something not because you want the bread or cookies but because you want some extra heat in the kitchen. You run the car for at least 20 minutes before driving somewhere so the engine block doesn't crack (highly unlikely, but you really don't...

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I did a blog post years back with this recipe using pumpkin, but butternut squash makes a just as lovely cookie so I suggest trying either. Or both! Jump to the blog post here (there are some other pumpkin ideas mentioned), or just read on for the recipe.... 1/2 c butter, melted 3/4 c maple sugar 1 tsp vanilla 6 T squash puree Mix these together first, then set aside. Next, combine 1.5 c whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger Add the dry mixture to...

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