As the daylight hours shorten and the leaves start to turn, we fire up the woodstove and appreciate anything that evokes cozy memories of fall. Our autumn box is full of small batch items to help you create your own 'hygge.'
Smoked Maple Syrup; Sugar Bob's Finest Kind
Real maple syrup + real hardwood smoke and nothing else! Made by a family sugaring operation in Landgrove, Vermont, they describe it as the "transformative secret addition to a gourmet experience." Best thought of as a specialty ingredient, rather than pancake syrup. We love it drizzled on a squash soup, added to salad dressing, or in a cocktail. Our box includes a 2 oz bottle that is TSA travel compliant, in case you want to emulate those Vermonters that BYOSyrup. Check the Almanac on our website for more ideas and recipes.
Trio of Preserves; V Smiley
Having grown up on a farm in New Haven, Vermont, this maker has cracked the code on preserving the bounty of summer with honey. Her flavor combinations are unique and delicious. Our autumn box includes three 2 oz. jars of preserves, two sweet and one savory: Navel Orange Mission Fig Cardamom Marmalade; Raspberry Redcurrant Geranium Jam; and Peach Tomato Bulgarian "Carrot" Chili Pepper Jam. Made with organic, local and in season produce, all are sweetened entirely with honey and do not contain any other form of sweetener. The box card contains suggestions for use.
Salted Maple Crackers; Castleton Crackers
Slightly sweet and slightly salty, these "artisan crackers" will convert even the most reticent palate. Delicious paired with cheese. Try serving with a soft sheep's milk cheese drizzled with Smoked Maple Syrup, or a slice of sharp cheddar atop a spread of V Smiley's preserves. Still hand cracked in Castleton, Vermont!
Goat Milk Caramels; Big Picture Farm
We cannot say enough good things about this farm and the family behind it. One of our biggest supporters since Vermont Crafted was just an idea, they maintain a happy and healthy goatherd (along with beehives, an abundant garden, etc.) and create delicious confections from the milk, butter, honey and produce their farm yields. Moreover, they happen to be such talented artists that their packaging includes watercolor sketches created by Louisa herself of their beloved goats. Our autumn box includes a mix of our four favorite flavors, although it was hard to distill it down to just four. They are delicious!
Ginger Elixir + Arnica Body Oil; Flourish
Made near us in White River Junction, Flourish artisanal body care products are created with organic ingredients and Vermont-grown herbal infusions. While we are also huge fans of her hair care and body lotion products, we're thrilled to include this limited edition elixir she developed originally to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It consists of jojoba and coconut oils infused with arnica flowers, then combined with a warming blend of five essential oils to create a spicy and fresh treatment that feels great on sore muscles yet does not smell medicinal. 2 oz pump bottle.
Autumn candle; Whisper Hill x Vermont Crafted
We partnered with this Quechee-based maker to develop a scent that evokes the cozy feelings of fall, using only pure essential oils (i.e. no synthetic "fragrance" oils) and 100% American-farmed soy wax (i.e. no paraffin). Slightly spicy and woodsy, it does not smell like pumpkin spice! We're especially proud of this one of a kind scent. Our 9 oz candles have a burn time of 45 hours.
*All boxes include a seasonal nosegay of dried flowers or greenery, and a narrative card with details about the box contents. We ship boxes within the continental USA as 3-day priority for a flat rate of $15.