The Holidays are a magical time in Vermont. If you ever get the chance, I would recommend escaping the normal hustle and bustle, to come visit us. If you swing by the Rutland City Rotary Christmas tree stand in the month of December, I’ll even tie a Vermont grown balsam fir to the roof of your car and send you a way with a free cup of our hot spiced apple cider.
Around the farm, Christmas is a great chance to get the family all together. Since the Holidays coincide with our busy season for cider, it’s also nice to have all the free labor available. I like to say, you haven’t bonded as a family until you’ve fixed a stubborn capping machine while singing Christmas carols.
Having extra friends and family around also gives me the chance to test out some new cider recipes. Though they mostly ask for the boozy options (www.mountaincider.com/alcoholic-recipes), this year I tested out a customer submitted recipe for sweet potatoes. It was a hit at Thanksgiving, and may make an encore for Christmas Dinner.
Spiced Apple Sweet Potatoes
- Two large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
- 1/3 cup Spiced Apple Cider Concentrate
- 3 Tbsp. Butter
- 1 Tsp. cinnamon
Boil sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and add butter and cider concentrate. Mash until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve
With the utmost sincerity, I am thankful to have a business which allows me to spend time with my loved ones, and which has given so much back to us through the years.
We want to wish everybody the best this holiday season, and hope that we can play some small part in spreading the joy.
– Will and the rest of the Gormly Family