A Vermont Crafted Life

Top 5 Picnic Spots in Woodstock Village

Top 5 Picnic Spots in Woodstock Village

One of the things that attracted us to our home in Woodstock is the ability to access so many different hikes and public nature spaces on foot, without having to get in a car.


The recent revitalization and creation of the new East End Park inspired me to memorialize our favorite picnic spots in town.

Ode to Sap

Ode to Sap

Did you know that in Eastern Europe the first run of birch sap each season was once considered the “fountain of youth?” It was reserved for royalty, and no wonder. One serving of birch water contains five times the amount of manganese than a cup of kale. 

Tree sap isn't just for making syrup. Many cultures utilize the first run of tree sap in their springtime cleansing rituals. Here we talk about why we're motivated to tap (hint: it's not for syrup!).

Summer Sauce

Summer Sauce

The growing season in Vermont is short and violent - often resulting in a spontaneous glut of tomatoes and herbs. This is one of favorite ways to enjoy them. At least a few days each summer we eat fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

The Happy Tapper

The Happy Tapper

This is our go-to summer cocktail using maple seltzer (aka maple water; maple sap) from the Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Co. Refreshing and simple!