Diversifying with Natural Resources
The Richardsons manage their woodlands carefully and sustainably for maple sugaring and for the firewood they use to boil the sap into sweet syrup. They also produce split-rail fencing using native wood and sell it around the Northeast. One high-profile customer is neighbor and fellow Cabot co-operative member, the historic Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock. Their land also includes Garvin Hill, the highest point in Hartland, which is open to the local community for hiking.
Like many sugar makers, the Richardsons sweeten their coffee with a spoonful of syrup instead of sugar and swirl in some of their rich Jersey cream. They even market a clever squeeze bottle of syrup that takes the mess out of maple.