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

Scott Farm Offers Online Fruit Tree Sale Again this Year

The Annual Fruit Tree & Perennial Sale is the first major event of the season at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, VT. The sale features a wide selection of high quality bare root apple and pear trees, stone fruits, potted berry bushes, scions, herbs, and perennials--boasting an array of heirloom and uncommon varieties.

Ashmead's Kernel- An Old World heirloom developed in the early 1700s.

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 fruit tree sale could not take place as a public gathering at the farm, requiring a new approach to this traditional event. As a result, Pam Knights Communications worked with Scott Farm, a long-time client, to adapt the tree sale to an online platform, with scheduled pick ups at the farm.

In the past the tree sale was a first-come-first-served on-farm event that sold out quickly, often leaving customers disappointed. The online sale proved to be very popular, giving home orchardists and gardeners a chance to learn about the various varieties offered, and to place orders early to help ensure availability.

Methley Plum, a cultivar of a Japanese plum.

Due to the popularity of the online fruit tree sale and the fact that COVID-19 is still a major concern, Scott Farm is once again offering the tree sale online with plant pick-up, by appointment, on May 1 and 2, 2021.

Browse the sale to learn about and purchase such uncommon apple varieties as Blenheim Orange, Blue Permain, D'Arcy Spice, and Kerry Irish Pippin, or Magness and Atago Pears, Methley and Santa Rose Plums, Jelly Bean Blueberries, Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea, Tuscan Blue Rosemary, and Tumeric to name a few. Be sure to order early for the best selection!

Jelly Bean Blueberries

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 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