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What Is A Specialty Crop?

January 7, 2021

When I first heard the term “specialty crop,” I thought of niche specialty food products, such as elderberry jam, maple-flavored granola, and Vermont wine. I did not think of staple foods like potatoes and onions, nor did I expect that over half of the 6,808 Vermont farms counted in the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture grow specialty crops.

A Message from Secretary Tebbetts: We Hope for Better Times

December 28, 2020

2020 was the year of all years, so to speak. Last year at this time, Vermont was going about its business; we were toasting 2019, and we were looking forward to the start of a new decade. We made it through deep winter; then came March and our routines ended.

Sweetings Greetings From Vermont Maple

November 25, 2020

There’s nothing quite like the taste of pure maple around the holiday season. From maple-infused liquor and maple seasonings to maple candy and maple syrup —unique and tasty Vermont maple products are perfect for gift giving!

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