Think back to last holiday season. Do you recall your loved ones grumbling over their trips to various stores to return gifts or about their recycling bin full of unnecessary packaging? Wouldnt it be great if you could avoid some of the gas and wrapping paper and at the same time support our local farms, forests and local economy? The Vermont Land Trust has a few gift ideas for those of you who love the Green Mountain State and bounty and beauty it has to offer. Locally, Champlain Orchards, Inc. of Shoreham is a participant Apples, Pies, Jellies and Jams
Why stop eating apples just because they are no longer hanging from the trees? You may have picked your own from Allenholm Orchards in South Hero or Champlain Orchards in Shoreham and so youll agree that your family and friends shouldnt miss out on Allenholms spiced butter, delicious crab apple jelly or Papa Rays homemade, mouth-watering pies. Other orchard options are Champlain Orchards apple sauce, apple cider, fresh honey and local maple syrup sold at their farmstand would also make a fine package of goodies for the apple-lovers in your life. Vermont Artisan Cheese Basket
Your gift recipients are probably aware that eating local cheeses in Vermont has become synonymous with eating some of the best cheeses in the country. There are several farmers on conserved land, producing some of the states best cheeses. How about gifting a selection of Vermonts finest to the cheese virtuosos in your life? A basket of dairy delights from conserved farms may include Major Farms Vermont Shepherd aged sheep cheese, Taylor Farms Maple Smoked Gouda, and Blue Ledge Farms herbal fresh chevre. You could also bake a spectacularly tasting cheese cake Vermont-style with Butterworks Farms maple yogurt. Maple Syrup Stocking Stuffers
If you know some folks who are grade A maple people the type who travel with jugs of Vermont-made syrup for pancake emergencies at out-of-state restaurants then perhaps a maple stocking stuffer is a good idea. Syrup producers vary in their methods and the size of operation, but they share a belief that mud season is the most beautiful time of year. Some of the sugarmakers tapping on conserved land include Coutures Maple Shop of Westfield; Tom and Cecile Branon of Faifield; Dave and Lucy Marvin, Butternut Mountain Farm of Johnson; Glenn Goodrich of Cabot; Bob and Bonnie Baird of Chittenden; Keith Armstrong of Pownal; and Dan Crocker of Sidelands Sugarbush in Westminster.