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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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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!

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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!   

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We love maple candy. We love making it, we love teaching other people to make it, we love sharing it and selling it, and oh yeah, we love eating it. But maple candy is tricky. It is best eaten fresh. Small batches of maple candy actually use a lot of maple syrup - it gets more efficient as you start to do larger batches. And maple candy and heavy jugs of maple syrup aren't great shipping partners, it works best to ship maple candy on its own. So.... we're going to start doing flash sales! Keep an eye out on...

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