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Lobsters, Wineries and Foods of New England

Program Number: 12312RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/17/2014 - 8/23/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/20/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/27/2014; 9/26/2014 - 10/2/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/4/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/11/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/18/2014; 5/10/2015 - 5/16/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/20/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/25/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/22/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/5/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/19/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/26/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/17/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Price starting at: $1,490.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine; On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Experience the diversity of New England cuisine and the region's beautiful scenery during a weeklong journey through Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Discuss with professional winemakers, lobstermen, fishermen and farmers the products they grow and harvest from the lands and seas. Learn about specialty products created by local entrepreneurs and enjoy field trips to vineyards, farms, sugarhouses, markets and the ocean.




Highlights

• Visit a sugarhouse in Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains preparing traditional Vermont maple-sugar treats, including “sugar-on-snow," boiling maple syrup served over ice.
• Meet with local lobstermen and fisherman to discuss the challenges of fishing in the Gulf of Maine.
• Meet with experts on winemaking in both Rhode Island and New Hampshire.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over varied terrain, unpaved and uneven surfaces, boarding a boat. Standing on field trips.




Date Specific Information

8-17-2014, 9-7-2014, 9-14-2014, 9-21-2014, 9-26-2014, 9-28-2014, 10-5-2014, 10-12-2014, 6-14-2015, 7-19-2015, 8-16-2015, 8-30-2015, 9-13-2015, 9-20-2015, 9-27-2015, 10-4-2015, 10-11-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Newport, R.I., 2 nights; coach to Ogunquit, Maine, 2 nights; coach via New Hampshire to Brandon, Vt., 2 nights; coach to Newport, R.I., departure.




Ogunquit

 Known to the Abenaki tribe as “beautiful place by the sea,” Ogunquit is an idyllic town with pristine beaches, granite cliffs and vibrant evergreen forests. Artists discovered Ogunquit's beauty more than a century ago, and helped transform the quaint fishing hamlet into one of the most picturesque and enjoyed seaside resort villages in New England.



Brandon

With its entire downtown recorded on the National Register of Historic Places and the town’s bucolic location among the rolling hills of central Vermont, Brandon is a unique, historic destination near the Green Mountains.



Rutland

During the early 1800s, Rutland was known for farming and its sheep industry. During the Revolutionary War the city was a crossroad for the fighting force known as the Green Mountain Boys. By the mid 1800s, Rutland had become one of the largest marble producers in the world and is today the largest city in southern Vermont.



Newport (Rhode Island)

Lavish mansions, billowing sails, and a plethora of culinary and scenic delights characterize this world-famous seaport, beloved by the East Coast elite during the 19th century. The Gilded Age lives on in Newport, as does the earlier Colonial period, as dozens of historic homes and buildings recall bygone eras of seafaring and socializing.



Accommodations
Hotels and historic inn.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Paul Drumm

Paul Drumm is the owner of Kenyon Corn Meal Company, and is an expert on grist mills and their history in New England. Having spent his childhood in and around Kenyon’s, Paul became a full-time employee in 1980. His love for mills and milling continues to be a career as well as a hobby. Paul feels that the honor of being associated with Kenyon’s is only surpassed by a day sailing with his three sons, Ben, Kevin, and John.
 
Dick Donnelly

Dick Donnelly has been the resident Johnny Cake expert for Kenyon Corn Meal Co. Inc., since he began working for the company in the early 70s. Innovative with his culinary endeavors, he knows how to reach forward with his latest creations as well as hold steadfast to the tradition of the Rhode Island Johnny Cake. His knowledge and depth has captivated thousands during many demonstrations, benefits, and events.
 
Burr Morse

Burr Morse is a seventh-generation Vermont hill farmer. He and his wife, Betsy, own and operate Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, Vt. Burr has been working at the farm full time since graduating from the University of Vermont with his bachelor’s in plant and soil science in 1971. During his tenure, Morse Farm has grown from a diversified vegetable/beef cow/maple farm into an internationally known destination and cross country ski center that hosts 60,000 visitors per year. Burr is the author of two books, “Sweet Days and Beyond” and “Golden Times,” and pens a newspaper column and an email newsletter.
 
Linda Dimmick

Linda Dimmick and her husband Rob operate Neighborly Farms, a Vermont dairy farm that produces award-winning organic cheeses. Linda was raised in Michigan and first worked as a dental hygienist upon moving to rural Vermont. In 2001, she began making cheese at the farm that has been owned by her husband’s family for more than 30 years. In that first year, Linda made 10,000 pounds of cheese on her own! Since then, Neighborly Farms has become a thriving business that keeps busy several employees in addition to Linda, Rob and their three sons. The farm is totally organic, meaning its 48 Holstein cows receive no hormones or antibiotics and eat only organic feed grown without pesticides.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express
  Middletown/Newport, RI 2 nights
   Ogunquit River Inn & Suites
  Ogunquit, ME 2 nights
   Brandon Inn
  Brandon, VT 2 nights
 Holiday Inn Express
Type: Hotel
  Description: Close to downtown Newport and other area attractions
  Contact info: 855 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842 USA
phone: 401-848-7128
web: www.hiexpress.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, phones, micro wave ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, high speed internet, newspaper
  Facility amenities: exercise room features cardiovascular and weight training equipment, Whirlpool, Daily Housekeeping On-site Guest Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer), Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry, indoor pool, high speed internet
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $169 - $229 Please call Hotel Reservations at 800-333-4121. Refer to the Road Scholar group for a 20% to 30% discount off of their rack rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Ogunquit River Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located overlooking Atlantic Marshes
  Contact info: Route One
Ogunquit, ME 03907 USA
phone: 207-646-9611
  Room amenities: Air conditioned, iron/iron board, cable television, refrigerators, phones
  Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, lawn croquet
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Brandon Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The historic Brandon Inn flanks the village green and is the center-piece of the charming, New England town of Brandon, Vermont.
  Contact info: Route 7
Brandon, VT 05733 USA
phone: 802-247-5766
web: www.brandoninn.com/
  Room amenities: Bedrooms are large and elegant, individually decorated with period furniture and colonial wall-papers. All rooms have telephones, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning in season.
  Facility amenities: A Queen Anne-style brick inn that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn has been here since 1786. The huge Victorian parlors on the main floor are accented with carved moldings and ornate pillars. There are two gilded floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a circular love seat, as well as comfortable seating for reading.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: All rooms have private bathrooms. Some claw foot tubs, tub/showers, standard stand up showers
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at the hotel between 3:00-4:30 pm. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after lunch. Drop off at the TF Green Airport in Providence at around 1:30 PM. You will be staying at Brandon Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Middletown/Newport, RI
  Nearest city or town:  Newport
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95
  Nearest airport:  TF Green, Providence, RI
  From End of Program
  Location:  Brandon, VT
  Nearest city or town:  Brandon
  Nearest highway: Route 7
  Nearest airport:  Albany, NY
Travel Details
 

Newport/Providence

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cozy Cab
phone: 800-846-1502
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25 + $6 see below
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

   

Call for reservations Cozy Cab will bring you to an initial location, then they will arrange for another cab that will bring you to our hotel for an additional $6

 

Newport/Kingston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Wright's Taxi
phone: 401-789-0400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55 - $75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 Miles

   

Call for rates and reservations

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston & Points North Take Rt. 128 South to Rt. 24 South through Fall River. Continue on Rt. 24 (follow signs for Newport) over the Sakonnet River Bridge and take Rt.114/West Main Rd. south for seven miles. The Holiday Inn Express is on your left, next to Chili's Restaurant
  From Providence Take Rt. 195 East through Fall River to Rt. 24 South. Continue on Rt. 24 (follow signs for Newport) over the Sakonnet River Bridge and take Rt.114/West Main Rd. south for seven miles. The Holiday Inn Express is on your left, next to Chili's Restaurant
  From the South or West Take I-95 North to Rhode Island. Take exit #3A for RI-138 East/ S Kingston and follow for 14 miles. Turn left at RI-138 E/US-1 N/Tower Hill Rd. Exit onto RI-138 E toward Jamestown/Newport Partial toll road. Merge onto RI-138 E via the ramp to Fall River/Cape Cod Partial toll road. Take the exit towarrd RI-138 E/Admiral Kalbfus Road, turn left at RI-138 E/Admiral Kalbfus Road. Turn left at RI-114/West Main Rd. Follow 1.4 miles, the Holiday Inn Express is on your right, next to Chili's Restaurant
Elevation Note: None

Equipment Requirements: None
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon Arrival/Welcome
(Sunday, August 30)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Please arrive at the hotel between 3:00-4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. At this time you'll be given a welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date itinerary and other useful information.
 Dinner: A delicious get acquainted buffet dinner is served at the hotel featuring three entree's, soup, salad, dessert and beverage.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Prescott Farm, Newport Vineyard,
(Monday, August 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: FIELD TRIP: Today we travel to Prescott Farms. Feel history come alive at this charming country setting where past meets present. Learn how the 1812 Windmill Works. Discover interesting facts about the Revolutionary War, historic buildings and the history of the land with the newly installed outdoor educational signs. Explore the kitchen and herb gardens managed by Master Gardeners from the University of Rhode Island. See the ducks and geese at the pond. Enjoy a johnnycake cooking demonstration and meet with other staff that will discuss this wonderful place.
 Lunch: Today we enjoy lunch overlooking the water where you will have a choice of a delicious fish and chips or grilled chicken sandwich served with a cup of Rhode Island Chowder.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Afternoon Class and visit to the Newport Vineyards. Newport Vineyards was originally planted in 1977 on a hill overlooking Rhode Island Sound with the goal of producing fine wines and as a way of preserving beautiful agricultural land from rapid development. Aquidneck Island is blessed with one of the most desirable farming areas in the country, if not the world. This extraordinary micro-climate is created by a combination of the warm waters of the Gulf Stream to the south and the moderating effects of Narragansett Bay. These conditions provide a long, cool growing season ideal for developing complex flavors in wine. Since the original vineyard plantings in the 1970s, Newport Vineyards, under the ownership of John and Paul Nunes, has grown to 60 vineyard acres. FIELD TRIP: Enjoy guided exploration of Ten Mile Drive with a local expert. THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT OFFER A VISIT TO A MANSION.
 Dinner: A three course dinner with a choice of entree's is served this evening at the Atlantic Beach Club Restaurant.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Relax at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Green Meadows Organic Farm, Lobster Cruise
(Tuesday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes, pastries, bagels, yogurt, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Today we visit an The Green Meadows Organic Farm, owned by descendants of the Patton family for a presentation on organic farming and CSA farming. Green Meadows Farm is a property with a long history as a private estate. The main house has been dated in its central part to 1786. Successive owners added pieces to it over the years, hence its rambling character! Major and Mrs. George S. Patton Jr. bought the property in 1928. The Pattons lived here only occasionally until World War II, when Beatrice Patton took up residence, expecting to welcome her husband home from the war, to retirement. Unfortunately, an untimely vehicle accident caused General Patton's death in 1945, so he was never here in extended residence. Mrs Patton lived here until her death in the hunting field in 1953. Upon his retirement after 34 years as a career Army officer, the next George Patton and his family moved here permanently in 1980. Major General Patton was determined to make something more of his property than "leisure land", so with the help of agricultural, environmental, and forestry experts -- and the advice of seasoned farmers -- he initiated Green Meadows Farm, originally as a blueberry operation. Naming his fields for brave soldiers who had lost their lives in service with him in Vietnam, he and his farm personnel have worked hard to maximize the potential of the land.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the Green Meadows Organic Farm. You will have the choice of different sandwiches.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Afternoon Lobster Cruise w/speaker in Kennebunkport, Maine. Hop aboard a real lobster pulling boat and learn about the industry as you watch the captain pull up the traps revealing the day's catch.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Historic Colony Hotel. You will have the choice of different entree's served with salad and dessert while enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
 Evening: LECTURE: This evening, enjoy a discussion with a local food expert on Maine made foods.
   
Accommodations: Ogunquit River Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: City of Portland, the Maine gourmet food store, Wilbur's Chocolate
(Wednesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: A limited breakfast buffet is included this morning at the hotel. Breakfast includes waffles, sausage, pastries, toast, cereal, yogurt, toast, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we meet two local experts in the city of Portland. Our guide will take us on an exploration of this port city. Learn the history and its connection with the fishing industry. Our second presenter will speak more on the history of fishing and the Casco Bay.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at a Portland restaurant and features a cup of NE Chowder and a traditional Maine Lobster Roll. A lobster roll is lobster salad (cold) served on a toasted hot dog bun.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch we will visit a local Maine gourmet food store for a talk and tasting of a variety of Maine Foods. FREE TIME: Following the presentation you will have free time to explore the Port City of Portland. Portland offers excellent cultural attractions, boat rides, train rides, fantastic shops and restaurants. Your group leader will help you plan the afternoon.
 Dinner: Lobster bake dinner at Foster's York Harbor Pavilion. A traditional lobster dinner is served with chowder, mussels or clams, lobster, potato, corn and blueberry cake for dessert.
 Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Sing along with the Captain at Foster's York Harbor Pavilion
   
Accommodations: Ogunquit River Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Flag Hill Winery/Distillery, Goat Demonstration
(Thursday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: A limited breakfast buffet is included this morning at the hotel. Breakfast includes waffles, sausage, pastries, toast, cereal, yogurt, toast, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Flag Hill Winery and Distillery for program and tasting. Established in 1990, Flag Hill has grown from a family operated business to the largest vineyard in NH with an established winery producing distinguished wines from our own vineyard. Embarking on a new venture, owner Frank Reinhold secured Flag Hill as the first distillery in NH in 2004, producing high quality distilled spirits such as General John Stark Vodka and Josiah Bartlett Barrel Aged Apple Brandy.
 Lunch: We travel to the Long Trail Brewery, Vermont's oldest micro brewery where we enjoy lunch an their pub. Lunch includes a cheddar ale soup and sandwich and a choice of beer.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Meet with local goat farmer who will talk about and demonstrate goat milk products. Enjoy samples of cheese, yogurt, and milk.
 Dinner: A delicious three course dinner is included this evening with a choice of entree's. Dinner is served in the Main Dining Room.
 Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: This evening we enjoy a game of Bingo for New England products. You will have the chance to win one of many fine New England food products.
   
Accommodations: Brandon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben & Jerry's, Morse Sugar Farm
(Friday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the inn. Enjoy a buffet breakfast including hot entree's, pastries, bagels, yogurt, homemade granola, juice and coffee.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Program at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill with guided tour of process. In 1974, Eric and Francine Chittenden, descendants of Vermont’s first governor, were starting out as farmers near the base of the Cold Hollow Mountains in rural northwest Vermont. They started making apple cider for friends, with a press that Eric picked up somewhere. (Eric was always finding cool old stuff.) Before long, the couple saw real business potential in making cider the true, traditional way. Eric and Francine created a vision. They would make enough cider to distribute to supermarkets, and become a real Vermont tourist attraction. Searching for the perfect location, they settled on Route 100 in central Vermont, between Waterbury (with its Interstate 89 exit) and Stowe (with lots of skiers and tourists). In 1976, they bought the old Gibbs farm in Waterbury Center. After decades of additions, the old place sure doesn’t look the same! Added has been a Jelly Room, large production facility, two cold-storage rooms — for apples and finished product — and a large bottling facility. But the original barn still houses our cider press and our store, where we make our cider donuts and feature specialty foods, baked goods, cheese, honey, maple syrup, hot beverages, and lots more Vermont goodness. The Chittenden's lived in the house, raising their three kids there, right up till they sold the business in 2000 to Paul Brown and his wife Gayle.
 Lunch: Lunch today is served at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill with a choice of sandwiches or a salad, cider doughnuts, and fresh apple cider.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Following lunch we travel to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. Here we will enjoy a guided exploration of the factory ending with a delicious sampling of their ice cream. Our final stop today is at the Morse Sugar Farm w/traditional sugar-on-snow. The Morse ancestors who helped settle Central Vermont were taught how to tap maple trees by Native Americans. Hot Rocks were used to evaporate the sweet sap until only sugar or "sinzibukwud" remained. Pioneers could boil a year's supply of sugar thus making Americans self-sufficient in sugar production. Ben Franklin promoted massive sugar production in the Northeast to make the country less dependant on "foreign" sugar.
 Dinner: A fabulous farewell dinner is served in the Main Dining Room. You will have the choice of entrees served with salad and dessert.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: This evening we enjoy light entertainment in the living room of the inn.
   
Accommodations: Brandon Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Travel to TF Green Airport/HI Express Middletown
(Saturday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the inn. Enjoy a buffet breakfast including hot entree's, pastries, bagels, yogurt, homemade granola, juice and coffee.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Visit the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham where you will enjoy samples of many of Vermont's fine foods. Continue on to RI for drop off at the TF Green Airport in Providence and independent departures from Newport hotel.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch prepared by the Brandon Inn will be served along our journey to Rhode Island.
 Afternoon: We will drop off at the TF Green Airport in Providence at around 1:30 PM and then at the Holiday Inn Express at 2:30 PM for departures. Please do not make plane reservations before 3:00 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Middletown/Newport, RI Discover New England
An excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state. For additional information, visit www.discovernewengland.org
  Brandon, VT Discover New England
An excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state. For additional information, visit www.discovernewengland.org
  Ogunquit, ME Discover New England
An excellent web site for everything in New England with links to tourism information for each state. For additional information, visit www.discovernewengland.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


America's Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking


Author: Keith Stavely, Kathleen Fitzgerald


Description: From baked beans to apple cider, from clam chowder to pumpkin pie, Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald's culinary history reveals the complex and colorful origins of New England foods and cookery. Featuring hosts of stories and recipes derived from generations of New Englanders of diverse backgrounds, America's Founding Food chronicles the region's cuisine, from the English settlers' first encounter with Indian corn in the early seventeenth century to the nostalgic marketing of New England dishes in the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the traditional foods of the region--including beans, pumpkins, seafood, meats, baked goods, and beverages such as cider and rum--the authors show how New Englanders procured, preserved, and prepared their sustaining dishes. Placing the New England culinary experience in the broader context of British and American history and culture, Stavely and Fitzgerald demonstrate the importance of New England's foods to the formation of American identity, while dispelling some of the myths arising from patriotic sentiment. At once a sharp assessment and a savory recollection, America's Founding Food sets out the rich story of the American dinner table and provides a new way to appreciate American history.



Good Maine Food: Ancient and Mordern New England Food and Drink


Author: Marjorie Mosser


Description: Old recipes, like old friends, are usually most dependable, observes noted author Kenneth Roberts in his pithy introduction to this classic recipe compendium put together by his niece, Marjorie Mosser, in the 1930s. The long career of this bible of Maine cookery has proved him right. With Robert's outspoken commentaries sprinkled throughout, excerpts from some of his best-selling books, and maxims from Maine kitchens, this old favorite is a must-own collection for any modern cook. Down East Books is proud to present this revamped edition-with a brand new foreword by food historian Sandra Oliver-as part of the all-new Best Maine Food cookbook series.



Maple Sugarin' In Vermont: A Sweet History


Author: Betty Ann Lockhart


Description: Come along for a trip through maple time in Vermont, from the 1600s to the mid-twentieth century. Betty Ann Lockhart introduces the origins of the 'Flavor of Vermont', the tools of the sugaring trade and the personalities who launched maple sugar to world fame. The Abenakis were discoverers of the sweet sap that flowed from Vermont's trees, and Thomas Jefferson was an early promoter of it. During the Civil War, maple sugar was cheered as the moral alternative to cane sugar- the latter having been produced by slave labor- and in subsequent wars, it was shipped to U.S. troops around the world. Enriched with maple-inspired songs, recipes and legends, Maple Sugarin' in Vermont illuminates not just the industry, but also the culture of maple sugar in the Green Mountain State.





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