Our final stopping point before continuing home from our trip to Montreal was Sugarbush Farm in Vermont. Mike and Emma visited this farm with my dad in 2007. I stayed home with two-week-old Johnny, and I’ve been wanting to go there ever since!
I love farms, and this one was no exception. It’s hard to beat this kind of view:
We toured the farm and then stopped by their shop, where we were given the opportunity to taste spectacular cheese. I was a big fan of their 8-years-aged super extra sharp cheddar, and we all loved their Hickory and Maple smoked cheese!
The farm uses a special method of packaging their cheese in tinfoil and then hand dipping it in three coats of wax so that it can be transported without requiring refrigeration.
We also got to try all four types of maple syrup: Grade A Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, and Grade B. I had expected to like Grade B best, but Grade A Dark Amber won me over. Did you know that it takes 30-40 gallons of maple sap to make a single gallon of maple syrup?
Mike found this Maple Soda in the farm shop. It is made up of only two ingredients: Carbonated water and Vermont Maple Syrup!
It was delicious! This calf wanted a taste, too!
Sugarbush Farm is free to visit – very exciting to us since it meant we could spend the money we saved on admission on maple syrup and cheese to bring home! Drop by for a visit if you find yourself in Vermont – you won’t be disappointed!
Have you visited a farm recently?
Also sharing this at TNT Thursdays at Happy Quilting.
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
19 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Cheese and Maple Syrup”
this is so much fun!
I would love to take my kids here!
I love maple syrup…especially fresh…I’m jealous!
Looks like fun. I’d love to visit a maple farm!
I highly recommend it!
I love the fresh produce from farms. Ages ago (pre-children) we visited quite a few rurual areas and absolutely loved the taste of the food straight from the farm.
I love tasting and discovering new cheeses. It’s fascinating to learn about their packaging process that required no refrigeration.
It’s good that you and Johnny were able to enjoy the visit this time!
Maple soda – yummo. That would definitely be worth trying.
What a beautiful area! My husband LOVES maple syrup. I didn’t realize it took so much sap to make.
That was a surprise to me as well. No wonder it’s so expensive!
Cheese without fridgeration and maple soda…two things I never thought would be a “good” thing. Glad you’re all having such a fun time, lookes like Vermont is lovely in fall.
The cheese has to be refrigerated after a few days, even with the wax – the wax just insulates it enough to buy you some time.
Ok, I totally want to go! I love extra sharp cheese, too. In the stores I can’t find cheese that’s sharp enough! That’s so cool how they package their cheese. If we’re ever in Vermont, we’re definitely stopping here!
You would love their cheese!
We always have fun when we get to visit local farms. Glad you had such a good time.
What a great place to visit. I really want to visit a small family farm one day.
New England has fantastic family farms, if you are ever out this way =)
That sounds like so much fun! Maybe next time I am in the area I’ll go visit.
It’s at least a couple hours away from us, but a beautiful drive, and very fun to try the different kinds of cheese and maple syrup!
Mmmmmm… my mouth is watering! And what a picturesque location!
So glad you got to go along this time. :)
Maple soda?! I’m SO curious to try it!
It tastes great! Like maple syrup =)
We just went to the pumpkin patch yesterday and had a fantastic time. It reminded me that I’m not a farm girl no matter how much I may want to be one, but it was fun!
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