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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 real 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. ...

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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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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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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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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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Engraved 8.45 oz maple leaf
Employee Gift Ideas

By Nathaniel Fortin on Sep 15, 2020

Deciding on the best products to reward your business's greatest resource, your employees, is often a tedious and time consuming process. A story we hear from our clients time and time again. Allow this blog...

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Density of Maple Syrup
Density of Maple Syrup

By Karen Fortin on Jul 29, 2020

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the maple industry by consumers is the density of maple syrup. After clearing up lingering confusion about the grades of maple syrup, it isn’t unusual to launch into ...

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