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 Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter . Online Edition No.6 
April 2004 
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Maple sugar season is upon us, and so is the 38th Annual Vermont Maple Festival. Read about it in the Calendar of Events.
Guests who visit the inn will also have a chance to take a tour of our sugar house, where we produce our own maple syrup.

Check out our  revised Antiques in Vermont in the link section of our newsletter.


Between Feb 1 and March 31 we're offering a 3 for 2. Stay 3 nights and pay only for 2. That's a pretty good deal. Of course we can't combine it with AAA, Canadian at par, or other discounts and since this offer is limited only to folks on our mailing list, we ask that when reserving you please let us know that you're coming on the special.

Brad and Jacquie

In this issue


  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 1/ 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt, optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • cup oil

In large mixing bowl, pour milk and maple syrup over oatmeal and let sit for 10 minutes. 

Sift flour, add salt, cinnamon and baking powder; mix well.  Add to oatmeal mixture. 

Add egg and oil, mix well.  Let rest for 3-4 minutes.  Pour batter onto hot griddle.

Flip pancakes over once when they are puffy, full of bubbles and lightly brown on one side. 

 Serve with maple syrup, maple butter or maple jelly

Makes 10 to 12 pancakes


Hi Folks:

I can feel it, taste it, almost see it, and certainly hear it. SPRING IS ARRIVING.

Bill and his men have tapped the trees, the first run has happened, and the first boil has taken place. Maple syrup season has arrived. I love visiting the sugar house and smelling that sweet taste of the steam. Bill always lets me have a small taste of the new syrup - it is SOOOOO good. Whenever guests are here, they go down and watch too. Of course I need to show them the way. While there, Bill explains everything and lets them have a taste too. They leave licking their chops - just like me and Gizmo.

Speaking of spring, the spring birds are beginning to arrive. I have heard guests tell Mom and Dad that we have a good variety at our feeders every year.

Also speaking of spring, Mom and Dad have resumed their daily two mile walk on Buck Hollow Road. I don't understand humans. Why do they insist on walking on the dry paved portion of the road when everyone else uses the wet, muddy and dirty shoulder. What's more, they don't even lie down and rub themselves the way Gizmo and I do. Then, when we get back, they won't let us in the house until they have wiped us off with a towel. WHAT'S THAT ABOUT ?




38th Annual Vermont Maple Festival- April 23-25th

Just a few of the activities are:

  • Antique Show and Sale
  • Arts & Crafts Show and Sale
  • Annual Sap Run (8.5 mile foot race)
  • Maple Parade
  • Variety Show, Youth Talent Show
  • Sugarhouse Tours
  • Pony rides, maple cotton candy, pancake breakfast

More Festival Details


Maple Syrup Trivia

Information on the benefits and practice of maple-sugar making was included in tracks for immigrants to Canada and the United States. It was pointed out as one of the attractions of the New World that, whether settling in the South or in the North, one could grow one's own sugar in one's own back yard.

Until the 1800's, maple sugar was the primary sugar in the United States. Only when the cane sugar industry began in the Caribbean Islands did cane sugar begin to replace it. By 1885 cane sugar began to undersell maple, and maple has since become a luxury not a staple. 

The use of maple sugar was regarded as an act of protest during the Civil War in the United States. All of the cane sugar and most of the molasses was raised and produced in the Southern states. During the war and prior to the war, people in the North refused to use cane sugar. Northerners used maple sugar to sweeten their foods. Therefore, using maple sugar was a form of protest against the South.

Cane sugar continued to gain favor despite a movement that sought to boycott the product as it was made with slave labor, which peaked during the Civil War.

When the first European settlers arrived, the Indians traded maple sugar with them and eventually taught the settlers the secrets of the maple sugaring process.

"Thanks very much for the enjoyable accommodation, meal, and banter. We'll be sure to come again whenever we're in the area." Mitch, Kerrie, Elliott, Susan Toronto, Canada 03/15/2004

"We had a SUPER time. So nice to have the animals around. We greatly enjoyed taking Gizmo & Isham for walks. We can't imagine a more comfortable, homey feel away from home. Splendid time!

Bob and Christine 2/28/04





The Annual Franklin County Quilt Show- April 3rd     This annual event began in 1999 and features more than 100 quilts, quilting demonstrations, vendors, and a silent auction. Admission is free.

Flea Market, Collectibles and Closeout Sale- April 16-18

Vermont Home and Garden Show- April 16-18

8th Annual Craft Show- April 30th- May 2nd

Everything Equine Expo & Horses- April 24- 25

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