Saturday, September 21, 2013

Swanton, Vt

The rig is currently located in Vermont at Carman Brook Maple & Dairy Farm. This is a lovely stop-over. Daniel & Karen run a dairy farm and real life Maple Syrup factory. If you are a member of Harvest Hosts, you are allowed to park on the property.

We arrived in time to watch Karen & Levon bottle Maple syrup (sorry no photos were taken). Daniel offered us samples of this fresh syrup. Daniel also provided us with a tour of the facility, along with the dairy process.

Inside the barn after a milking

Chowing down after a hard workout. 

And of course the ones growing up to be milk cows.
We also learned that the CO-OP which they belong to supplies milk and cream to Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, yummy. Anyway we had a great tour with our hosts.

While here we learned that they have over 11,000 Maple trees, which provide the sap in making the syrup. Now think about this, how long do you think it takes to install the plugs in 11000 trees each Spring?

Levon, informed us it takes him and a team 2 weeks to install all of the plugs back into the trees.

To learn more about this facility click on the link - Carman Brook Maple & Dairy Farm.

Anyway, Harvest Hosts is a great way to spend a free night at a farm or winery (except for what you purchase), while traveling. To learn more about these opportunities that Harvest Host has contact them on the web.

Anyway Susan and I are going to try this blogging thing, since we do have a few spare minutes in the week.
Safe travels and enjoy life