Butternut Mountain Farm, March 20

Lucy and Dave Marvin finally built the addition they'd been wanting to at their certified organic and kosher Butternut Mountain Farm Sugar House in Johnson, VT. To celebrate, they invited their friends to join them for a ham and baked beans and "Sugar on Snow" feast around 5:00 p.m. And, every guest received a quart mason jar of just-produced syrup. We had the best time -- we learned more about sap running and sugar making than we imagined!

1 Vial of Maple Syrup for every Sugaring day - from 1st to last - at Butternut Mountain Farm

Be sure to visit the Marvin's Country Store on Main Street in Johnson, VT, right next to the Johnson Woolen Mill. Open 7 days a week, year round - except for the usual holidays.

Wow: you can buy Butternut Mountain Farm maple syrup at Amazon and  Williams-Sonoma, too!

Sign Says IHOP, but Syrup Says Vermont (NYT)

By Katie Zezima, New York Times, April 21, 2009 SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – For years, diners at the International House of Pancakes nationwide have slathered their pancakes, waffles and French toast in a variety of flavored syrups, like fluorescent strawberry and "old-fashioned," the chain's artificially-flavored take on maple syrup.

The label "old-fashioned" was bound to raise red flags for many Vermonters, who will tell you it is neither old-fashioned nor maple syrup (corn syrup does not come from trees).

So when the land of piping-hot pancakes and fresh maple syrup became the 50th state to welcome an IHOP last month, the franchise owners sought permission to depart from the chain's standard fare. The IHOP here is the only one of about 1,400 in the United States, Canada and Mexico to serve real maple syrup.

"You can't open up a Vermont pancake shop without Vermont maple syrup," said Sam Handy Jr., who is the restaurant's general manager and whose family owns the franchise. Read the complete article here. ---------------------- When you're ready for the "real thing," I can help you make the lifestyle change you may have only dreamed about. Whether for permanent relocation, or for your vacation or second home, when the time is right, I'll help you find the ideal Vermont home.

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