Market Preview: Vermont Maple and Caramel


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Goodness gracious, time is flying! It seems just yesterday that Maggie was drinking up California vineyards and I was jumping off waterfalls, but summer is officially finished. In fact, autumn is speeding towards winter with the alacrity of an Eat Boutique-er who’s spotted an apple orchard selling cider just off the beaten path (it’ll be quick, I promise!). Today we’re previewing two Vermont producers that are swimming against the mainstream, and we love them for it.

Tonewood Maple

Maple cream, maple syrup, maple wafers, maple sugar, maple I’m-going-to-overdose on maple (and die happy). Tonewood has you covered with its elegant maple products, which are single-sourced and devoid of any fillers; this is pure maple goodness that not only tastes good, but does good for the environment.

Tonewood sources all its sap from Mad River Valley, Vermont from artisan sugar makers, for unparalleled clarity of taste and distinctive notes from the valley the trees have their roots in. They also have an adopt-a-maple-tree program which allows consumers to go above and beyond supporting a local business by preserving family-owned sustainable maple farming. We’re pretty enamored of the product and the mission!

Fat Toad Farm

Though we adore the name, there is nothing fat or toad-y about this luscious goat’s milk caramel. Fat Toad is another Vermont producer with an awe-inspiring dedication to organic, small-batch, intensely intimate, utterly taste-focused Caramel Sauce (with necessary capitals C and S).

Steve and Judith Erving own a flock of 54 French Alpine Goats, which include a direct descendant of their very first goat, Artemis (who is still around!). The goats are rotationally grazed and showered with attention and good hay to obtain the best goat milk, for the best product, Fat Toad’s Caramel Sauce is cajeta, a traditional Mexican sweet sauce that has us (and much of America) swooning. With flavors like Vanilla Bean, Salted Bourbon, and this winter’s brand new Irish Whiskey, we expect lines to be long. So you’d better get to this December’s Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market early!


The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Add your email address to this list to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.

Photos courtesy of Maggie Battista, Tonewood Maple, and Fat Toad Farm’s website and blog.

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Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.