fall foliage on my farm

Fall Foliage On My Farm

Fall foliage on my farm is especially pretty.  We give most of the credit to the sugar maple trees in our sugarbush.  We know there are a lot of maples in Vermont because we lead the other states in maple syrup production. The maple trees and foliage on my farm lead me to believe that I live in paradise.  I …

Daniel Fortin looking at his heifers before auction

Dairy Farm Auction at Carman Brook Farm

A dairy farm auction was held on May 2, 2018 at the Carman Brook Farm.  We decided last fall that we would be changing the way we do business and dispersing of our cattle and dairy equipment.  This allows us to focus on our maple operation and start enjoying some down time. Retirement Daniel has been living and working on …

Density of Maple Syrup

The density of maple syrup is often misunderstood by consumers and probably the one thing I get asked the most after the grades of maple syrup. We put a lot of weight on flavor and grade, but checking for density is just as important. What is Density Simply put, density is how much mass can be crammed together to take up space. …

Sap Collection Project

A sap collection project was our main focus in the sugarwoods this year.  How important is sap collection to a sugarmaker’s maple business?  Very important, both economically and to the health of the trees.  So much, that after reviewing our system, it prompted a major investment and overhaul.  Our sap collection project has been ongoing through 2015 and into 2016 and …

Curious Coyote Puppies

Earth Day Surprise in Maple Sugarwoods

We had a surprise on Earth Day in our Maple Sugarwoods this spring, when our team of untappers were busy pulling the taps from the maple trees. The 45th Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 2015.  In 1970 Sen Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin asked Americans to set aside this day in observance of the environment; air, water and land …

Sugaring 2015

  For us, the sugaring season 2015 started in the summer of 2014, when we took down sap lines for 2,000 taps that we built in 1998 and 1999.  These were the first taps of our sugaring enterprise and it was bittersweet to see them go but they were well past the recommended life of 10 years. Loggers came in …

Save 10% on Vermont Maple Syrup

Save 10% on Vermont Maple Syrup Customers can save 10% on Vermont Maple Syrup containers from our online store.  You can stock up on syrup for the family while picking up a few gifts and still get the discount.  We’ve added a lot of flexibility in the selection process for a case discount.  You pick 6 or more maple syrup items …

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 …

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 …