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generate capital and easily beat his goal
of $15,000. Eggplant Bacon is due to
appear in stores this fall.
Game for anything
Salt-cured venison, moose terrine and even tomato-braised
muskrat could be on the menu at the
third annual Wild About Vermont
benefit, scheduled Nov. 10 at Hotel
Vermont in Burlington. A spin on
the traditional fall game supper, the
family-style meal features local wild
meats and fish donated by hunters and
anglers and is held in support of Lake
Champlain International and the youth
programs of the Vermont Fish and
There is no hurrying true apple brandy, a
pure distillation of hard apple
cider, properly aged in wooden
casks for at least several years.
Three Vermont distillers have
made the investment of time
and their own fruit to nurture
small-batch, local versions of the historic
New England liquor, which disappeared
here in the wake of Prohibition. The
distilleries at Shelburne Orchards
in Shelburne and Flag Hill Farm in
Vershire use only their own apples.
Mad River Distillers sources from local
orchards and, in good harvest years,
includes fruit from dozens of old trees
around the distillery in Warren. Mad
River Malvados and Flag Hill Pomme
de Vie are available at liquor stores
around the state all year. At Shelburne
Orchards, the first release of 900 bottles
of Dead Bird Apple Brandy will be sold
in late December direct from the on-site
brandy cellar. It’ll be good, said distiller
and orchardist Nick Cowles, but “the
best is yet to come.”
Vermont distillers are reviving apple brandy,
a time-honored New England beverage.
Salt-cured venison and
moose terrine, a spin on
traditional fall game fare
Nitty Gritty Grain Co.
Vermont-grown, certified organic grains.
Perfect gift for a cook or foodie!
Pancake Mix, Flours, Cornmeal, more.
Fortuna’s Italian Market
Visit our new flagship store at
4943 Main St. for everything Italian!
Our own nitrate-free salami &
sausage, olives, cheese, pasta
and so much more …
(802) 362-4051 fortunasausage.com
Hidden Springs Maple
maple syrup and more at our
farm store or online.
(802) 387-5200 hiddenspringsmaple.com