VT Governor Selects Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont for Annual Tree Cutting

Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont, owned by Nick and Stephanie Lussier, is one of 70 tree farms in Vermont. Located in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, they grow more than 11,000 Christmas trees on their 30-acre maple and Christmas tree farm. The husband-wife team offer Choose & Cut and Mail Order Christmas trees, artisan wreaths, and a wide selection of maple and honey products.

Nick and Stephanie Lussier in their Christmas Tree Farm at Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont
Nick & Stephanie Lussier

Site of Governor Scott's Annual Tree Cutting

At a time when officials say some parts of the U.S. are seeing a national wholesale tree shortage, Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture indicates Vermont farms are equipped to meet the demand this winter. To kick off the 2021 holiday season and to celebrate Vermont's tree farmers, Governor Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts selected Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont for the annual tree cutting. They cut Christmas trees to decorate the Pavilion Building which houses the Governor's office in Montpelier. Quite an honor for the Lussiers! See the story and photos in Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Nov. 30, 2021 News.

Balsam & Fraser Fir Trees

Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont's sturdy Balsam and Fraser Fir trees thrive in the farm's rich soil and the Northeast Kingdom's cold climate. With literally thousands of trees to choose from, they welcome visitors to come to the farm to choose and cut their perfect Christmas tree or to order freshly cut trees online. Shipped trees are available in three sizes.

Christmas tree farm at Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont

Annual Reindeer Holiday Market at Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont

On the first Sunday in December, families flock to the farm for Reindeer Holiday Market, now an annual farm tradition. To offer this exciting holiday experience, Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont partners with the Vermont Reindeer Farm. Located in nearby Orleans VT, they are home to the only real live reindeer in the Green Mountain State.

Visiting reindeer from Vermont Reindeer Farm
Could it this be Dasher, Prancer, Donner or Blitzen?!

Artisan Wreaths Straight from the Farm

Looking to deck your doors and outbuildings with festive holiday wreaths? Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont makes beautifully decorated wreaths from fresh Balsam greens harvested from their trees. Available in two sizes at the farm or by ordering online. See additional details about their artisan wreaths.

Artisan wreaths from Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont

Check out Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont's New Website Created by Pam Knights Communications

Pam Knights Communications recently created a new website for the farm, funded in part by grant funds from Northern Community Investment Corporation. To learn more about Maple Hill Farm Barton Vermont's tree farm, maple products and honey, visit https://maplehillfarmsvt.com/home.

Etched Italian Glass Bottles Filled with Pure Vermont Gold!

Looking for a unique and tasty gift for friends, family or corporate clients? Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and Sugarworks in Northfield, VT specializes in custom-etched bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes!

In their state-of-the-art sugarhouse, Sweet Retreat collects and boils sap from 4300 taps on their 200-acre hillside maple grove to produce their signature Pure Vermont Gold® maple syrup. Not only is it available in plastic jugs, but also in 250 and 500 ml Italian glass flasks or Basquaise-style bottles, as well as smaller 40 and 100 ml Basquaise bottles--perfect for wedding favors. To enhance the etching, the bottles are filled with Grade A Amber Color Rich Vermont maple syrup.

Sweet Retreat's skilled engraver can replicate most any design, from corporate logos, sports emblems, college seals, artwork, signatures or sayings. Screw caps are covered with gold foil and the bale top caps can be sealed in white, gold, red, green or blue sealing wax. They ship nationwide and can accommodate any size order from a single bottle to many for corporate giving or events.

A longtime client of Pam Knights Communications, we recently redid Sweet Retreat Guesthouse & Sugarworks website. To learn more about their sugaring operation, etched bottles, their show oxen, and private guesthouse on 400 acres, please take a look at SweetRetreat-Vermont.com.

Garden & Food Author Ellen Ecker Ogden's Latest Book "The New Heirloom Garden" is Now Available!

Learn to grow fragrant heirloom flowers, flavorful fruits and the best tasting vegetables with easy to follow garden designs and recipes for cooks who love to garden.

A long time friend, colleague and client, Ellen Ecker Ogden is a leading authority on kitchen garden design, seed saving and heirloom varieties. She is also an accomplished cook and recipe developer. Through her online classes, garden club lectures, books, and newsletter, Ellen shares her knowledge and love for gardening and cooking.

The New Heirloom Garden features 12 historic theme garden designs, 60 recipes, and detailed resources and interviews and outstanding photographs. Get a taste of Ellen's expertise through this short yet informative video.


Working with Ellen over the years has been a pleasure. We recently updated her website www.EllenOgden.com where you can purchase an autographed copy of her new book, arrange for a garden consultation, and sign up for her newsletter, The Art of Growing Food. If you have an interest in gardening and cooking, you'll find the website full of interesting information.

"Ogden’s earthy sensibility is well conveyed in vivid color photographs. Perfect for cooks and gardeners alike, this useful look at vintage varieties puts a fresh shine on an old subject. ” – Publisher’s Weekly. Feb 2021

The Wayside Strives to be Vermont's Safest Restaurant

The Wayside Restaurant, Montpelier's iconic 102 year-old eatery serving Yankee Cooking at its Best since 1918, takes the safety of their staff and customers very seriously.

The Wayside Restaurant strives to be Vermont's safest restaurant everyday

In addition to offering curbside meal pickup and requiring masks when entering and exiting the restaurant, owners Brian and Karen Zecchinelli have installed touch-free door handles and stainless steel push plates, touchless hand sinks and hand dryers in the restrooms, and safely petitioned booths and tables, among other enhancements.

The Wayside uses various ventilation systems to filter and clean the air, and a "Victory" Electrostatic Sprayer Gun to clean and sterilize the restaurant on a daily basis.

To help reassure customers that safety is of utmost concern to the Wayside, we include information re: safety measures in the weekly ecampaigns we send out.

Learn more about the Wayside Restaurants efforts to be Vermont's safest restaurant everyday!

Maple Hill Farm Barton Vt Creates Maple Seasonings & Jellies

Brighten up the taste of meats and cheeses with a new line of seasonings and jellies produced by Maple Hill Farm in Barton VT!

Pam Knights Communications, in conjunction with Newcomb Studios, recently developed packaging for Maple Hill Farm's spices and jellies, just in time for 2020 holiday sales.

Available in 2 and 4 oz shakers, Maple Hill Farm offers five tempting flavors made with their Pure Vermont Maple Sugar to include Hunter's Secret, Maple Magic, Maple Curry, Maple Garlic and Maple Pepper.

Maple Hill Farm Maple Magic BBQ Rub

Their Maple Jelly, made from their 100% Pure Maple Syrup, makes a delicious spread for breakfast goodies, and and PB & J sandwiches; while their Maple Hot Pepper Jelly adds pizzaz to crackers and cheese and helps to bring out the best in burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and pork.

Maple Hill Farm Barton VT, owned by  husband and wife team Nick Lussier and Stephanie LaBarron, offers maple products, honey, and Christmas trees.

Nick Lussier and Stephanie LaBarron owners of Maple Hill Farm Barton VT