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Navigating Shipping

By Karen Fortin on Nov 23, 2022

Over the last few years, I think we can all agree that navigating shipping has proven to be a sort of headache and pain in the wallet. Even though the first online shopping experience began way back in 1979,...

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Maple syrup season 2022
Maple Season 2022

By Nathaniel Fortin on Oct 25, 2022

It’s been bothering me since the close of this year’s maple harvest that I haven't put pen to paper and cataloged the results of maple season 2022. There are a few reasons for this, but mostly because there ...

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Looking up at maple trees.
Maple Syrup Facts

By Karen Fortin on Sep 28, 2022

There's nothing more fun than learning about something new and the following information is an easily digestible list of facts about maple syrup, trees, and a bit of maple history. Maple Syrup Facts The bu...

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

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This season send someone you love waffles and maple syrup gifts.
Best Holiday Gifts of 2022

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

For your convenience, the short concise guide on the different maple syrup grades is as follows: Golden Delicate Taste: Maple syrup made from early season sap, producing a light golden color that transmits...

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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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