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The combination of maple syrup, butternut squash puree, and bacon is tough to beat. It's also an incredibly versatile combination! Here are three of our favorite ways to use them. (1) Maple-Squash Bread: A variation of pumpkin bread using butternut squash puree, maple syrup as the sweetener, and bacon fat as the oil component.  (2) Squash Risotto with Bacon and Maple Syrup: arborio rice cooked slowly with vegetable stock and wine, with squash puree, maple syrup, and chopped bacon stirred in before serving. (3) Pizza with Maple-Squash Puree and Ham: whole wheat pizza crust, brushed with garlic oil then topped...

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A little on the sweet side, this is best served small or maybe shared! The perfect cocktail for a sweet moment sometime this February.  Mix together half a shot of Aperol (I prefer Aperol but Campari also works, or if you don't care for citrus liqueur try a berry liqueur such as Chambord or Whidbey), a glug of maple syrup, and the juice of half a lime. Pour over ice, then top off with however much soda water you like. Garnish with a wedge of lime, a sprig of fresh mint, or maybe a chocolate covered strawberry?

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Well, that time of year is starting. Sugaring time is coming up, and we've been out in the sugarwoods starting to tap our trees. One of my favorite things about maple syrup is that parts of it are simply manual tasks. There is no way to mechanize or industrialize the tapping of a sugar maple (acer saccharum). You have to strap on your snowshoes, pick up your cordless drill, grab a few handfuls of taps, and start walking.  

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It's hard to remember with all the snow on the ground, but we had a lovely autumn! 

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Well, it's a new online world. I still don't get cell reception at the farm but I find myself needing to think about a website and online store that is mobile phone friendly. Call us slow, but when we learned that more online sales happen over mobile phones and tablets than desktops, we were surprised. A new website has been a dream for a long time - our last two both served us well, but we almost broke $120,000 in direct sales this year so we decided it might be time to upgrade to something a little more robust. We hope...

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