Organic Maple Syrup from a Small Vermont Farm Delivers Earth Energy in Every Taste
Forest to Bottle, Wood Fired Maple Syrup Captures Powerful Flavors and Nutrients of the Land
When we think about taking a break from a fast paced life or about finding inspiration in a beautiful natural environment, one region of the country that tends to capture the imagination is Vermont. Its rolling forested hills, autumn colors, quiet country roads and small picturesque towns evoke a sense of peacefulness and tranquility that for some is reminiscent of the early days of Americana.
If you travel through the especially scenic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, you may come across a farm that reflects the idyllic beauty of the area. Square Deal Farm in Walden, Vermont, is an organic maple syrup farm that’s been owned and managed by Ray Lewis and his wife Sarah since the late 90’s. For those seeking a true taste of the land, you've come to the right place.
Square Deal Farm produces authentic small batch maple syrup that imparts the powerful earth energy from its extraordinary surroundings. Unlike mass produced maple syrup that’s available at grocery stores and discount chains, the syrup from Square Deal Farm is pure from a single source and unblended.
To ensure that all of the micro-nutrients naturally occurring in the sap are preserved and abundant in every bottle, Square Deal Farm has a meticulous process that allows for rapid processing of the sap from tree to bottle. The process safeguards and maintains the unique flavors that develop during the sugar making. Even the last step of removing the remaining water from the sap is done with a wood fired oven (as was done in the early days of sugar making) which greatly contributes to the flavor development.
Square Deal Farm maple syrup is also certified organic which guarantees that it's produced without chemical additives, herbicides, or pesticides, and with a plan for the sustainability of the forest resource. Production control is so important that each bottle or tin is labeled with the date of production and the drum in which it was stored.
The result is magic. The syrup captures the energy derived from 7,000 maple trees, the nutrient rich soil, and continuous unforced regeneration of the farm. Each bottle has the power of the forest and the uncommon flavor unique to a vibrant Vermont farm that tends to each batch in a way that can’t be replicated in any commercial syrup.
Ray finds a shared sense of accomplishment in running the organic farm. It’s operated completely by his family, so they enjoy fun times together producing an amazing product. After graduating from the University of Vermont and studying forestry, he worked for the forest service in Montana. He soon realized that he wanted to return to Vermont and work the land. He and his wife set about finding a farm and bought the land that is today’s Square Deal Farm.
Although they have farmed organic vegetables and raised sheep, goats, hogs, and cows, maple syrup has been the focus. That tree to table quality of their maple syrup is perfect for everyday use on pancakes and waffles and beyond. Try it on oatmeal, in coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, in cocktails, and even sip it straight from the bottle.
When you try a farm fresh product like Square Deal Farm’s syrup, especially one that comes from the vibrant forests of the Northeast’s maple country, you’ll notice the difference and discover more uses for it than previously thought. It will become an important sweetener in your cooking and a positive ingredient in your enjoyment of food and drink.
You can order Square Deal Farm maple syrup on the Treatmo mobile app with a few taps and have it shipped directly to your home or office. Their gallon size tin ships for free!
Try Square Deal Farm maple syrup with Treehouse Drinking Chocolates, teas from Physical GraffiTea, coffee from Cafe Emporos, or on pancakes and waffles made with Whole Note seven grain baking mixes.
By Spiro Zefferys, co-founder of Treatmo and food explorer.