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Little T Feb 6, 2007 07:13 PM

I'm from Toronto Canada but have a friend going to the states this weekend, what should she bring back for me?

  1. ChinoWayne Feb 6, 2007 07:21 PM

    Vermont maple syrup.

    1. Harp00n Feb 7, 2007 02:45 AM

      Maple syrup is not unique,.considering that an ocean of it is produced in Ontario & Quebec.
      Vt., though not big, it is a relativey long state. There are all kinds of artisanal products everywhere in the state. So what do you like and where is your friend going in Vt.?

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        dfrostnh Feb 7, 2007 04:14 AM

        Will the friend be near King Arthur Flour in Norwich VT and do you like to bake? Chance to get some interesting products and/or gadgets. You can peruse their online store to make up your shopping list. My other choice would be Vermont Country Store and, again, check out their website. We enjoyed a wine tasting at Boyden Valley Winery not too far east of Burlington. If you like wine, get something for Valentine's Day? We liked the cider salad dressing at Cold Hollow in Waterbury. It's a sweet and sour type. Some local cheeses would be great, too.

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          GG Mora Feb 7, 2007 05:09 PM

          No contest: cheese. Vermont Shepherd, or cheddar from Shelburne Farms, or ANYTHING from Lazy Lady or Willow Hill. Orb Weaver's cave-aged farm cheese. Jasper Hill's Constant Bliss and Bayley Hazen Blue are also world-class. And the list goes on...endlessy.

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            Bri Feb 8, 2007 05:15 AM

            I can't say enough about the Lazy Lady cheese. They have the best goat cheeses I've ever had. Too bad no goat cheese in winter. I truly miss it.

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              Harp00n Feb 8, 2007 09:04 AM

              Hi Bri,
              For the uniformed, namely me, why is there no goat cheese in the winter?
              Thanks

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                dukegirl Feb 8, 2007 10:04 AM

                In technical terms, the female goats are getting ready to have goatlettes. =)

                Bri, have you tried Consider Bardwell goat cheese out of Pawlet, VT? I've not had Lazy Lady cheese but Consider Bardwell is the best I've ever had.

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                  GG Mora Feb 8, 2007 05:15 PM

                  Consider Bardwell is another fine one, though their goat's cheese is the fresh, white chevre type, while Lazy Lady goes for aged bloomy-rind cheeses: the kind that get gooey and stinky and fabulous with a little effort. Alas, neither produce goat's cheese in winter – the goats stop milking – but both make winter cheeses with cow's milk from neighboring farms. NB Lazy Lady is way up north in Westfield.

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                    dukegirl Feb 9, 2007 04:11 AM

                    Consider Bardwell is doing aged goat cheese now, too. And a feta type goat cheese, which is wonderful.

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                      Bri Feb 12, 2007 02:54 PM

                      Thanks for the info re: Consider Bardwell. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it at the co-op and such...

                      Also, dittoing what others have said about no goat milk in winter. I'm originally from CA where there is no winter, so was not aware that the goats go dry in winter here. Not sure if it has to do with the cold or that's when they are between being bred, I've actually never gotten a specific answer from a goat owner.

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              greenmtnjenny Mar 22, 2007 03:52 PM

              Yummmm! I wholeheartedly agree. Two more for the list: Tarentaise by Thistle Hill and Vermont Ayr by Crawford Family Farm.

              http://www.vtcheese.com/vtcheese/comp...

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              alaughingdog Feb 7, 2007 05:14 PM

              Pretty much every town of any size in VT has a coop -- go to any one of those and your friend will find a great selection of local food products.

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                sophie fox Feb 10, 2007 03:50 PM

                Good suggestion! The Hunger Mtn COOP in Montpelier has an amazing selection of cheeses, and lots of other fun things.

                The world's best travel coffee mug can be had at Gesine on Elm St in Montpelier, as well as fabulous pastries and coffee.

              2. Infomaniac Feb 7, 2007 05:31 PM

                If your near Waterbury you could stop by the Ben & Jerry's gift shop

                1. atheorist Feb 8, 2007 05:27 PM

                  Plymouth cheese factory in Plymouth, or Crowley cheese in Mount Holly. There are herb flavors and smoked cheese but the original aged Colby cheese is the best.

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                    Little T Mar 20, 2007 09:40 PM

                    Belated thanks for replying, my friend did get me cheese but then left it in Vermont, oh well next time!

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                      dukegirl Mar 21, 2007 05:09 AM

                      I think that "I left the cheese in Vermont" was code for "I ate it on the way home." =)

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