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Chocolate - Maple Shortbread
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...
Moving Into Fall
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...
Saplines in the Summer Sugarwoods
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!
Making Hay While the Sun Shines
The summer sun shines down and John gets to work haying the fields so our grass-fed beef have something to eat all winter. Hard to imagine winter when its 90 degrees out!
Our Herd, and Calving Season
Not all cow herds interact much with their farmers. Our cows live outside year-round, and John is checking them twice a day, sometimes more if it's calving season. You can see it in the herd, they aren't skittish when John is with them, and walking the herd with him allows you to get up and close and personal with the cows. Not so much the calves, they're still shy as can be!