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Our maple syrup is produced in a bird-friendly sugarwoods.
Audubon Vermont: Bird-Friendly Participating Producer

By Nathaniel Fortin on Mar 03, 2022

I don't need to tell you about Vermont's rich history in the maple syrup trade, but I would like to talk about the maple sugarbush, specifically as a habitat for a variety of species, namely birds. Way back ...

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Is maple syrup gluten free?
Is Maple Syrup Gluten Free?

By Nathaniel Fortin on Jan 10, 2022

The short answer is yes, maple syrup contains nothing but tree sap, and our maple syrup here at Carman Brook Farm is harvested on-site from the sugarbush surrounding the fields of our retired dairy farm. Ove...

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This season send someone you love waffles and maple syrup gifts.
Best Holiday Gifts of 2021

By Karen Fortin on Nov 29, 2021

Going into the holiday season I wanted to showcase our most popular maple gifts. Holiday shopping can be a stressful task. What do you get someone who has everything? The guy on your list? Your sister’s fami...

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Our maple syrup season for 2021 being moved to storage.
Maple Syrup Season 2021

By Nathaniel Fortin on Apr 23, 2021

I feel that the 2021 maple season followed the trend of 2020 as a whole, leaving a lot to be desired. Absolutely nothing made sense, or followed the trends of the previous half a decade, especially as I look...

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How to store maple syrup? It's best in the refrigerator after opening.
Does maple syrup go bad?

By Nathaniel Fortin on Mar 31, 2021

Believe it or not, this question is not supported by as much university research as you might think. The first major breakthrough in syrup storage best practices occurred in the 1940’s; however, from that ti...

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Samples of grades of maple syrup during production.
Maple Syrup Grades

By Nathaniel Fortin on Mar 17, 2021

Ask any Vermonter about their favorite grade of syrup and you're liable to get a wide range of answers. Ultimately, it all comes down to your individual preference and getting the right syrup for its proper ...

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How to tap a maple tree?
How to Tap a Maple Tree

By Nathaniel Fortin on Feb 26, 2021

At its most basic, this question can be answered rather simply, during the spring months in the northern hemisphere you drill a hole no deeper than 1.5 inches in a sugar maple tree and collect the sap that r...

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St Albans Vermont Maple Festival sign welcoming fair goers to the city.
St Albans Maple Festival 2022

By Karen Fortin on Feb 15, 2021

In agriculture we celebrate every type of harvest, dairy festivals, cheese festivals, peanut festivals, pumpkin festivals… I think you get my point. In Franklin County, Vermont we celebrate the maple harvest...

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Our newe Reverse Osmosis machine being unloaded.
Reverse Osmosis for Maple Syrup

By Nathaniel Fortin on Feb 12, 2021

What is Reverse Osmosis? Simply put, reverse osmosis (RO) is the separation of water from minerals, larger molecules, and foreign contaminants that are too large to pass through a membrane. Many industries u...

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Teacher Appreciation Gift with maple syrup
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

By Nathaniel Fortin on Feb 08, 2021

This guest blog was submitted and written by Jessica Kettl, who wanted to share how she was able to make a meaningful gift for her children’s teachers using maple products from Carman Brook Farm. This year I...

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Best Valentine's Day Gifts of 2021
Best Valentine's Day Gifts of 2021

By Nathaniel Fortin on Jan 28, 2021

***EDIT*** Now that 2021 Valentine's Day has come and gone, check back next year for 2022's list. For better or worse, Valentine's Day 2021 is going to be unique this year, but there's no reason that it can'...

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National Blueberry Pancake Day
National Blueberry Pancake Day

By Nathaniel Fortin on Jan 10, 2021

Blueberry pancakes have their own national day, celebrated on January 28th. If that is news to you, well, it was to us too! Beat the winter blues by enjoying blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinn...

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