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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 2021

By Karen Fortin on Feb 15, 2021

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

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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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Diamonds and maple syrup have a lot in common.
Maple Syrup & Diamonds

By Karen Fortin on Jan 15, 2021

4 C’s of Diamond Grading  Believe it or not, maple syrup and diamonds have a lot in common. Syrup isn’t as expensive as a diamond; however, why not sweeten up the most important person in your life with pure...

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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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This season send someone you love pancakes and maple syrup gifts.
Best Holiday Gifts of 2020

By Karen Fortin on Nov 20, 2020

Going into the holiday season I wanted to showcase our seven 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’...

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Enjoy reading our blog about the fall foliage on the Carman Brook Farm.
Fall Foliage at Our Farm

By Karen Fortin on Nov 17, 2020

Here at the Carman Brook Farm we are fortunate to enjoy especially beautiful fall foliage.  If you haven’t looked us up on Google maps, we’re in the northwestern corner of Vermont, tucked against the Canadia...

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Group of engraved maple syrup client gifts
Unique Client Gift Ideas

By Nathaniel Fortin on Sep 18, 2020

Finding the balance of budget and a gift worthy of showing gratitude to your clients for their patronage is the fine line many managers we work with find themselves walking. We provide a wide array of option...

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