Meats

Adding a little maple syrup to grilled meat recipes instead of brown sugar or honey is an easy way to change a favorite recipe. I like using the darker grades for meat. There are several really good meat marinades and grilling sauces in our Other Vermont Products section of our online store, if you don’t have time to put one …

Vegetables

A quick drizzle over carrots and brussel sprouts before roasting creates a tasty, sugary char with the full flavor of the veggie still intact. For the carrots pictured, I added a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the dish. The carrots were topped with a few dabs of butter and a mild sprinkling of salt and pepper and drizzled …

Hang Tags, Labels & Engraving

Label and hang tags are a good way to customize your maple syrup favors. With a little creativity couples can make their own labels. Some suggestions: A print shop program for business cards purchased from an office supply store. You can print both sides of the business card and then fold it creating a little card. Punch with a hole …

maple candy

Reinventing Maple Cream and Maple Candy

Maple cream and maple candy, with a little patience, can be reinvented while keeping a pure and natural maple product using only real Vermont maple syrup.  At the Carman Brook Farm we are always looking for new ways to reinvent traditional maple recipes. After realizing that our customer’s tastes for maple syrup took in all the grades, it sparked an idea. What …

Maple Syrup to Sweeten Your Favorite Drinks

Who knew? Maple syrup is the perfect sweetener for your favorite drinks.  A lot of folks just think of maple syrup as a topper for pancakes and waffles on a Sunday morning, lazy day breakfast. Let your maple imagination run wild while entertaining on Saturday evening. For a gratifying drink add a little maple syrup to coffee or tea. An …

Converting a Baking Recipe to use Maple Syrup

As more people are switching to healthier sweetening alternatives to granulated sugar I’ve been asked many times for a little advice on converting recipes. Since maple syrup is a wet ingredient and sugar is a dry ingredient conversions to the other wet ingredients in the recipe are necessary. Both have very different cooking properties so don’t be discouraged if it …

Forest Management

A current Forest Management Plan (FMP) is reviewed and put into action yearly. The FMP has been rewritten 3 times since 1989. The long-term objectives of the current FMP are to conserve the land in a forested condition and to practice long term forest stewardship that increases the health of the forest and the quality of the timber resource. Primary …

Sugarwoods Project

The sugaring season may be short and sweet, only covering 3 to 6 weeks of production during the year in early spring, but this does not mean that our work is done. This summer, 2014, we decided to take down a portion of our maple sap line that covers roughly 2,000 taps and is 13 years old. The new lines …