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March 2017

In this newsletter . . .  
  • Welcome Note - Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Green Mountain Gourmet - Two Recipes Using Maple Syrup
  • Featured Properties for Sale - Three Beautiful Land Listings
  • Area Real Estate Listings 
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
Dear ,

Mid- to late-March is usually the height of Vermont's maple sugaring season so this month's newsletter is dedicated to all things maple. However, we just had 18-24 inches of fresh snow and it's still pretty cold out, so unless Mother Nature decides that winter is officially over in the next day or so, I think it is safe to say that this year's sugaring season will surely last well into early April! 
Boiling Sap in An Evaporator
During the weekend of March 25-26, many of Vermont's sugar makers participate in the Maple Open House Weekend (one of my favorite weekends of the year!). Sugarhouses around the state, including several in our area, open their doors and invite visitors in to experience the art and beauty of making maple syrup and all of the hard work that goes into each delicious drop of "liquid gold"! More information can be found on the Vermont Sugar Makers Association's website at

Most sugarhouses are small family/neighborhood operations and they may not advertise, but if you see steam coming from a rustic cabin or "shack", and you think it is a sugarhouse, stop in . . . I bet you'll be welcomed!

Our area is home to a number of wonderful maple sugaring operations.  
Please visit our good friends at:     
* Bobo's Mountain Sugar (Weston) - Bobo's Mountain Sugar 
* Sugar Bob's Finest Kind (Landgrove/Londonderry) - Sugar Bob's 
* Jim and Josie's Sugarhouse (Londonderry)  
* Hollow Road Maple (South Londonderry) - Hollow Road Maple 
Cheers everyone,

- Claudia Harris
Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate

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Maple Sugaring * 
It's March . . . and that means it's "Sugaring Season" here in southern Vermont!
  • About one of every four trees in Vermont is a maple.
  • Sap flows when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing and daytime temps are above freezing.
  • On average, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
  • Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the United States.
  • According to the last Census of Agriculture, 1,310 Vermont farms indicated involvement in maple syrup production (In comparison, Quebec has approximately 10,000 maple syrup producers). 
  • Depending on which source you reference, Vermont controls approximately 35-46 % of all U.S. maple syrup production and roughly 7-10% of the world's maple supply.
  • The maple industry in Vermont yields about $15 million in direct sales each year.
  • Industry representatives estimate that approximately 75,000 acres of Vermont forest are being used to produce Vermont's annual crop.
  • Maple syrup contains an abundant amount of naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. And like broccoli and bananas, it's a natural source of beneficial antioxidant.
  • Vermont was the first state to pass a maple law that established purity, quality, and labeling regulations.
Since 2014, Vermont uses a grading system that aims to provide universal grading that applies to syrups produced in any of the states and also in Canada. Each grade has a color and a flavor descriptor:
  • Grade A: Golden Color with Delicate Taste
  • Grade A: Amber Color with Rich Taste
  • Grade A: Dark Color with Robust Taste
  • Grade A: Very Dark Color with Strong Taste

In some sugaring operations you might just see the color indicator on labels, e.g. Golden, Amber, Dark and Very Dark.  

* Data collected from various websites, including the University of Vermont, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
Green Mountain Gourmet
This month I am featuring two very simple and delicious recipes that use maple syrup (surprise!).

Maple Barbecue Sauce
¾ cup Vermont maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons chili sauce or Sriracha
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Add all of the ingredients to a deep mixing bowl and whisk well. Brush it on chicken, pork or beef before grilling and baste often.
Maple Whiskey Sour
2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce maple syrup
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice and serve immediately! This recipe can easily be multiplied using a 2:1:1 ratio and I've been known to serve it in a pitcher while visiting our local sugarhouses.

Featured Properties
Imagine Building Your Dream House in the Hills of Vermont!

This month, we are excited to present three premier land listings for your consideration. Each is in a stunning location and will offer mountain views (with clearing). Bring your ideas  . . .

Parcel 1 - Andover Ridge Road, Andover
This 8.5+/- acre parcel is one of the last remaining buildable lots on the highly-desired Andover Ridge Road in Andover, just minutes from Weston village. Sloping land to the east will result in spectacular views and beautiful sunrises. A waste-water permit for a 4-bedroom home is in place. $69,000

Parcel 2 - South Road, Peru
Very pretty wooded 7.2-acre parcel located at the corner of South Road and Rockbottom Road in Peru, VT. Beautiful views looking towards Bromley Mountain will be possible with clearing. Long road frontage on two beautiful roads, for a total of approx. 1100 linear feet. Abuts Green Mountain National Forest. $85,000

Parcel 3 - Old County Road, Landgrove
This beautifully-wooded 15+ acre lot has the potential for stunning pretty mountain views (with clearing). The hardwood trees throughout the property and stone walls create visual interest and there is a septic permit for a 4BR house. $240,000
(An abutting 9-acre parcel is also available for $195,000)


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Featured Area Properties Listed for Sale 
Weston Contemporary 
335 Route 100
Weston, VT
2.3 Acres in Weston 
Casper Lane
Weston, VT
Tuttle Barn Condo 
27 Lawrence Hill Road
Weston, VT
Quiet and Private
8.5 Acres
Arrau Road
Andover, VT

Convenient & Affordable! 
246 Evergreen Lane 
Londonderry, VT
Elegant Landgrove Home on 15 Acres 
116 Cody Road
Landgrove, VT
10+/- Acres Mostly Open & Sunny!
Weston Andover Road
Andover, VT
7.2 Acres with
Bromley Views
South Road
Peru, VT
43 Acres in Andover
Weston- Andover Road
Andover, VT
Fun for All 
2 Vermont Rte 100
Weston, VT
Absolute Solitude in Landgrove
14 Sled Run Road
Landgrove, VT
Recently Renovated! 
4 BR Weston Ranch
57 Obed Moore Road 
Weston, VT 
Centrally-Located Contemporary
58 Route 11
Landgrove, VT
Walk to the Slopes 
287 Magic Circle 
Londonderry, VT

Just Minutes from Okemo and Skiing
1507 Route 100
Weston, VT
Views from Every Window 
67 Chester Mtn Rd
Weston, VT
Long-Range Views  
with Clearing
Andover Ridge Road
Andover, VT 
Weston Village Charm (with Retail Options)
686 Main Street
Weston, VT
Unique and Charming in Landgrove
102 Nichols Road
Landgrove, VT

Contemporary Vacation Home in Londonderry 
96 Eves Drive
Londonderry, VT
Weston Building Lot
5+ Acres
Moses Pond Road 
Weston, VT

Halfway Between Weston and Ludlow    
118 Slawson Road
Weston, VT
Octagon at Powder Mill
389 Howard Hill Road 
Londonderry, VT
9.99 Hillside Acres
Old County Road West  
Landgrove, VT

One-Level Living
at Its Best 
6635 Route 100
Londonderry, VT
15 Acres in Landgrove 
Old County Road West
Landgrove, VT
Magic Alpine Chalet
480 Magic Circle
Londonderry, VT
Upcoming Local Events 

(Note: If you know of a community event that you would like included in this calendar, please submit the information to Claudia Harris (click link here) no later than the 10th of the preceding month.)

March 15 - April 15 
Friday, March 17
The Attica Turkey Shoot , Author Lecture -
Join Weston resident Malcom Bell as he discusses his new book,
"The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up, and the Pursuit of Justice," which tells a story of a 1971 riot at the Attica Correctional Facility, where state police and prison guards slaughtered thirty-nine hostages and inmates and tortured more than one thousand men after they had surrendered. State officials pretended that they could not successfully prosecute the law officers who perpetrated this carnage, and then those same officials scurried for shelter when a prosecutor named Malcolm Bell exposed the cover-up. Northshire Bookstore, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Saturday, March 18
Taste of Vermont - the Annual "Taste of Vermont" is a mountain favorite event where the best of southern VT restaurants, professional and amateur chefs, caterers, bakers, deli's, and more come together in culinary camaraderie to offer their favorite recipes for the tasting! It's a fun & satisfying event for the whole family! Food is donated, presented & prepared in donation. 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Stratton Base Lodge.
Saturday, March 18
Apple Tree Pruning Workshop -
Join Joe Blair for a demonstration of apple tree pruning on the grounds at Hildene. Blair will focus on two forms of pruning:  corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees.  The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on the Lincolns' historic apple trees.  There will be time for questions and answers throughout.  12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public.  Check in is at the Welcome Center.
Saturday, March 25
Spring Fling at Bromley Mountain - Bromley family's favorite sun-soaked (or just plain soaked) event is back for another year! Featuring pond skimming, a duct tape derby, live music, a BBQ and even some rides from our summer adventure park! Registration for pond skimming and duct tape derby will begin at 9am in the base lodge.
Saturday, March 25
Marchdi-Gras Winterfest AND
Spring Fling & Annual Pond Skim - Stratton celebrates Marchdi Gras and the Annual Village (Southern-Style) Block Party. Enjoy live music, specialty food and drink, the famous ice bar and fun/free activities for the kids! Festivities start at 3pm. Goggle tans and t-shirts are accessories of choice as we enjoy spring's soft snow, longer days and sunshine with a weekend of celebration and the Annual Pond Skim!
Saturday, March 25
Okemo's 80's Retro Jam - It's time to break out those old acid-washed jeans, your brightest neon and smoothest on-snow moves. Okemo revisits the 1980s with a retro celebration and on-snow competition of rad skills.
Saturday, March 25
Sugaring, Author Event - Vermont Author, Jessie Haas, will be at the Vermont Country Store in Weston to sign copies of her children's book, "Sugaring". This charming book brings the beauty of a Vermont farm in Spring vividly to life. 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 25
Billy Wylder with opener Woven Collective - As part of their Basement Music Series, the Vermont Arts Exchange presents Billy Wylder. Billy Wylder brings sounds from around the globe to meld with their American roots, taking the listener on a journey from bayou to borough, desert to dreamland. Wylder's on a soul journey, singing songs with the people he meets, songs of love and adventure, filled by the color of his footsteps. Tickets: Advance $18, At-the-door $22, Students $10. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main Street, Bennington.
Saturday, April 1
Mount Holly's Spring Mud Fling - Doors open at 8:00 pm. Get rid of the mud season doldrums and join in the fun at an old style roadhouse dance hall jamboree! At the Odd Fellows Hall. $12 cover charge. BYOB. 8 PM -
Saturday, April 8
Hops On The Snow - This one-day beer festival, located in the Jackson Gore Courtyard, will feature new seasonal beers and cider. Enjoy beautiful spring conditions on the mountain in the morning, then quench your thirst by sampling some brews in the afternoon. We will be firing up the BBQ for the occasion and offering delicious eats. Don't forget your sunscreen! Open to the public. Must be 21 years old (with valid ID) to participate. The event will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Okemo 's Jackson Gore Base Area.
Saturday, April 8
Hannah Gill and The Hours - As part of their Basement Music Series, the Vermont Arts Exchange presents Hannah Gill & The Hours. Combining 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues and transforms them into sweet and sultry songs that overflow with feeling. Steered by soulful 19-year old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill combined with skilled guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds, the group offers up music with contagious melodies and wise lyrics. Tickets: Advance $18, At-the-door $22, Students $10. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main Street, Bennington. 
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Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate has been working with buyers and sellers of southern Vermont real estate in the tri-mountain area between Okemo, Bromley and Stratton ski areas for more than 40 years. We are a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in the sale of fine homes and properties in Weston, Londonderry, Peru, Landgrove, Dorset, Manchester, Andover, Chester, Ludlow (Okemo Mountain), Mount Holly, Stratton, Winhall and Windham.  Fully licensed in Vermont.

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