I don’t like, I love Castle Crackers. They’re baked in large sheets and hand-cracked to random shapes and sizes. Castleton Crackers will sample and sell their crackers at the Eat Boutique Fall Market on Atlantic Wharf this Saturday – RSVP now. And a huge thank you to the Boston Globe for featuring Eat Boutique today! – Maggie
Last weekend my husband and I took a trip to visit friends in Vermont. As we drove north from Boston, we were taken by what surrounded us. From the rolling hills to the downtown areas, I’d sum-up the look and feel of Vermont in two words: rustic beauty. Everywhere we turned it was the simple, natural things that were most stunning and eye-catching.
As we explored Vermont, I came to adore all the small shops lining the downtown areas, showcasing local foods. Everything seemed to be in cute little packages, begging to come home in my suitcase.
When I arrived home, hungry from the drive back and already missing our friends and the beauty of this state, it must have been fate to find a package from Maggie containing Whitney’s Castleton Crackers on my doorstep. The thin Middlebury Maple version of this handmade Vermont cracker was just slightly sweet, thin and crispy, and the perfect snack to enjoy with a few slices of cheese after stretching out from a long car ride.
Whitney’s Castleton Crackers found a way to package all the characteristics of Vermont I love most and bake them into delicious little crackers. The crackers and packaging are pretty, but not flashy and the ingredient list is simple and all-natural. But after just one bite the unique maple flavor exudes homemade goodness and something handmade with pride.
While I certainly miss my friends and the sight of green trees all around me, at least I know where I can find a little taste of Vermont in my Boston kitchen.
Photo styled and taken by Michelle Martin.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order today. Meet makers and small batch food fans in person at the Eat Boutique Fall Market on September 22, 2012 — the event is free but please RSVP so we can plan accordingly — thank you!
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.