November 20, 2022 | Blog, In The News
Couching Lion Maple Sugar Farm

Holiday Newsletter 2022

Happy Holidays!

After an exceptionally long and warm Vermont fall, it is starting to feel more like winter is approaching. The days are shorter, most leaves have fallen and we’ve had a couple of light snows. This is good news for our sugar maples which need several months of dormancy in order to produce sweet maple sap in the spring.  

We’re packaging our delicious maple syrup in all shapes and sizes for your holiday gift giving. A small gift of maple syrup is a wonderful way to show gratitude and appreciation.  

Savory, sweet and a cocktail! Maple enhances every dish.

Incredible Maple Bars

Back by popular demand…..

shake up your holiday baking with this maple treat!

Ingredients

Base

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Topping

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup maple sugar
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • pinch of salt

Base

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, maple sugar and flour and stir until the mixture is crumbly. Press mixture into an 8 inch greased baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Topping

  1. In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, maple sugar and walnuts and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and stir until melted.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the flour and salt. Add egg mixture to maple syrup mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the base and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until set. Cool completely before cutting.

Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

In a cocktail shaker combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Couching Lion Maple Syrup, a dash of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake and strain into your favorite glass!

Check out Half Baked Harvest for many more creative maple inspired recipes.

Maple Syrup Glazed Red Cabbage

This colorful vegetable pairs well with poultry and is a delicious non-traditional Thanksgiving dish.

INGREDIENTS

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

  • 5 slices bacon, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 medium firm, tart apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 pound red cabbage (about ½ head), cored, outer leaves removed and shredded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½cup maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. In an ovenproof saucepan or Dutch oven large enough to hold all of the ingredients, sauté the bacon over medium until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 more minutes.
  2. Step 2Add the apple, cabbage, bay leaf, maple syrup, and season with salt and pepper, cover, and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Join the 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Our sugarbush is enrolled in Audubon’s Bird friendly Maple Project.We love seeing how our forest stewardship protects habitat for birds. Participate in the Christmas Bird Count from your neck of the woods or get in touch if you’d like to bird in our sugarbush.

Whether giving as a gift or keeping for yourself, maple syrup is the perfect addition to your gatherings with friends and family. Shop all our products online or visit our Maple Kiosk on Aestivalis Hill!

As 2022 draws to a close, we want to thank all our wonderful customers, friends and family who support our business. We are grateful for so much. Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday.

XO From Huntington,

Chaska, Matt and Sugardog Archie

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