Vermont Business Magazine: Marc Sherman and Trudy Trombley of Stowe Mercantile have been honored as co-recipients of the 2016 Vermont Retail & Grocers Association Person of the Year award. The two business and community leaders… More
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Stowe, Vermont in the old Depot Building
We have a offer a something for everyone!
Gourmet Vermont Food with a huge selection of samples. Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Vermont Craft Beer & Cider and Vermont Wine. Handmade Fudge & Candy. Souvenirs and Clothing. Housewares, Vermont Wood Products and Kitchenware. Vermont Bath & Body Products. Frames, Hooks and Candles. And much, much more!
This weekend my wife Megan and I spent a short part of the afternoon checking out yet another waterfall in our hometown of Stowe. Having visited both Bingham and Mos Glen Falls, we decided to see what was going on at Sterling Falls Gorge. You can view a video of our visit on our Facebook page. In short, Sterling Falls is worth the trip, but if you’ve visited Bingham and Mos Glen you could be in for a minor disappointment. It’s kind of hard to beat Mos Glen, considering it’s the largest waterfall in Vermont. On the other hand, the hiking is much easier at Sterling which might be better for children and there’s a recreation area for your pets to roam as they please. One unexpected viewing bonus at Sterling is the French, chateau-like, all stone estate to the North of the falls, just off the access road. It’s a private residence so you’ll want to keep some distance, but the view from the road is all you’ll need to revel in its beauty. The best thing about all of these waterfalls is that they’re easily accessed and take only 15 minutes or so to complete…did I mention they’re free? Pack a lunch and some tasty beverages (Lost Nation Vermont Pilsner accompanied us) and you’re set for a nice stroll in the Vermont outdoors. Surrounded by ranges to the East and West of the town, Stowe sits in somewhat of a bowl, which lends itself to dramatic, geological appeal. As the buyer of craft beer and other beverages at Stowe Mercantile, it’s nice to get out and see, in action, the component that makes up anywhere from 85-98% of these products-water! However beautiful and pristine Vermont’s waterways may seem, the protection of our state’s most valuable resource has recently come under scrutiny in regards to the Lake Champlain water quality. Year after year of unregulated, agricultural runoff by the hundreds of farms that line Lake Champlain have lead to toxic, summer algae blooms. Anyone who lives in Vermont or the thousands that visit know that summer time is not the time for water quality complications. In 2015 the state responded by putting up $16 million dollars in order to improve the lake’s health and overall impact on the economy. Brewers, tourists, and locals alike can find some solace in the fact we’re finally doing something about this unfortunate reality.Until then, our recommendation for the cleanest bodies of water is to seek out those in constant circulation-waterfalls! We can’t wait until it’s actually warm enough to jump in.
We are excited to announce that we were able to make a large donation again this year from our Santa Fundraiser!
Owner, Marc Sherman, of Stowe Mercantile, presents Deb Krempke, Director of Lamoille Community Food Share, with a $2,100 check representing the 210 children that visited Santa this past Christmas. This year marked our 15th annual Santa event at Stowe Mercantile. Hosting Santa and donating $10.00 for every child that visits has become an essential part of Stowe Mercantile’s community involvement.
Sherman comments, “With a strong turnout of anxious and excited kids, we had 210 children visit Santa. And with Lamoille Community Food Share being such a vital part of many families’ lives here in Lamoille County, we’re glad to do what we can to support both LCFS and the families that rely on these services.”
Yesterday, Denise and I ventured to the Essex Resort & Spa to Farrell Distributing’s 2015 Retail Portfolio Show. As the new beer buyer here at Stowe Mercantile I’m really excited as to what 2015 and the future of beer distributing in Vermont has to offer. These expos are great opportunities to cultivate long-lasting business relationships with individual breweries, wineries, and cider makers. Stowe Mercantile is committed to establishing an alcohol beverage market where an overwhelming amount of the product is sourced locally. With this in mind and our strict time budget, Denise and I figured our time would be best spent at the beer tables and we’re glad we did. The sun was out, a slight breeze was blowing, and the beer exhibitors had prime outdoor real estate. Before the event we decided there to be two things we really needed to pursue; find out who could hold Summer tastings and who had plans to bottle/can in the very near future. (besides the obvious of tasting great beer) We’re happy to report that within the next year, most of the beer that you enjoy at your favorite pub will be available in bottles or cans. My favorite brew pub in Burlington, Zero Gravity, has plans to open their new location on Pine St. next month and are planning to have canning capabilities before the end of the Summer! Matty O from Fiddlehead Brewing in Shelburne, VT. informed us that they are hoping to increase production, but for now we’ll have to join the waiting list…we’ll wait. Their Second Fiddle IPA is one of the better new offerings out there. Another company we’re happy to have run in to is Champlain Orchards out of Shoreham, VT. Dave Bridges, their brand ambassador, stopped by the store last week for a short chat about their new products and when we showed up to their booth he actually remembered my name. These guys are my new favorite cider maker in Vermont. For now, they are the only cider maker in Vermont sourcing all of their apples from the Green Mountain State. Be on the lookout for next month’s release of Champlain Orchard’s Macintosh and Maple. They’re even canning, and you can find it their VT Hard Cider in cans here at Stowe Mercantile. To wrap this up, as beer, wine, cider, and mead enthusiasts, you should be pumped about what we’ll have to offer you in the coming months. A big thanks to Farrell Distributing for inviting us. We hope to see you at our Summer tastings at Stowe Mercantile.
Here is a list of some recent beverage acquisitions we thought you should know about:
Champlain Orchards: VT Hard Cider (16 oz. cans), Cranberry (750ml), and Heirloom (750ml)
14th Star Brewing: A-Dog Ale Brown Ale (16 oz. Cans), Maple Breakfast Stout (16 oz. Cans)
Long Trail Brewing : Triple Bag (aged in oak barrels)
Harpoon Brewing: 100 Barrel Series Braggot Rights (American IPA w/ Wildflower Honey)
Stowe, Vermont has grown to be the place that even visitors love to call home for a while, and Art on Park is a favorite place to visit during the summer months.
Thursday evenings, beginning on June 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, visitors and locals can enjoy streets lined with handcrafted products, from birch bark art to soy candles to specialty foods and teas, and much, much more!
Look for the white tents right off Main Street and get ready to enjoy live music too!
Try Something New!
Curious about Vermont Hard Cider? We’ve gone ahead and taken some of our favorites and made a few sampler boxes! With all Vermont products what’s not to love! I know for myself when I walk into a craft beer and wine store it can be overwhelming with all the different bottles cold, warm, on tap, in six packs, 22 ounces and on and on and on and its really helpful, at least to myself, if someone comes over and says “this is my favorite” or “this is really dry”. So this is our way of trying to help make your decision easier! They also make really great gifts, for more information or to order visit our website.
I LOVE to bake, and whenever I can substitute granulated maple sugar, I do! I might not always have granulated sugar, but I ALWAYS have a jug of Syrup in the fridge.
Thanks to the Vermont Maple Sugar Maker’s Association (www.vermontmaple.org), just in case you’re out, here’s how to substitute!
“When cooking with pure Vermont maple syrup, substitute 3/4 to one cup of maple syrup for every one cup of granulated white sugar. Decrease the liquid in your recipe by 2 to 4 tablespoons for each cup of syrup used. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, unless your recipe already calls for buttermilk, sour milk or sour cream. Also, decrease your oven temperature by 25 degrees as batters containing maple tend to caramelize around the edges more quickly.
Pure granulated maple sugar can be substituted one for one anywhere you use white processed granulated sugar.”
Thanks to this, there will be more maple recipes to come!
This annual event is a chance to step into a local sugar house and see the sugar makers at work! If you’re visiting Vermont or just watching your friends and neighbors at work, see how syrup is made from start to finish, sap to syrup!
Some sugar houses are open daily for sight see-ers and curious people alike, but this one weekend each sugar season even more sugar makers open their doors to show the public how our favorite Vermont specialty is created.
Each sugar maker does everything a little different. You might get to see older, traditional taps at work, while collecting buckets by hand, or the more present day method of sap lines and tubing that bring the sap right to the sugar house. Wood fired, oil fired, and different styled evaporators. Everyone’s syrup is held to the same standard though, and it should all taste delicious! There’s nothing better than hot syrup straight out of the evaporator.
Here are some great ideas for the weekend:
Take a snowshoe through some tap lines
Make sure you have some sugar on snow, paired wish a fresh doughnut and that good ol’ dill pickle to cut the sweetness
Try a maple hard boiled egg, or even a hot dog (They boil both in sap to give them that little bit of sweetness)
If you can’t make it to Vermont for this fun filled weekend you can order some Vermont Maple Syrup online and enjoy at home!
Need Something to Warm You Up?
It‘s been such a cold winter this year, Boyden Valley Glogg is sure to warm you up.
Glogg is a mulled spice wine that is great served warm in a mug. I was hesitant
at first to try this, but I’ve been obsessed ever since my first taste. After
getting home from a long cold day I warm a mug and sit and relax. We also
carry many other varieties from Boyden Valley like Big Barn Red, Riverbend Red,
Cowtipper, Cranberry, Gold Leaf and more.
Check us out at stowemercantile.com.
Brand new from Otter Creek!
Citra Mantra is Otter Creek’s new spring offering, with a little lemon zest all I could think of as I was trying my first bottle was SUMMER! Although we might have a few months left of winter this is sure to get you in the mood for some warmer weather! It has a nice crisp clean taste leaving you wanting more! Come grab yourself a bottle or even a six pack.
We have some really great beer and wine gift baskets online and in our store, Citra Montra would make a great addition to any basket!