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Heave Ho: Foley Brothers Brewing

04/06/2017

It’s no secret – we love Vermont beer! Last week, we featured our favorite breweries to visit. Today, we highlight one in particular. Foley Brothers Brewing is a mere hop over the Brandon Gap for us (an amazing drive, if we do say so ourselves). Beyond the gap’s vast Green Mountain views lies a small dirt road. Pay close attention not to miss it. A short distance off the main drag lands you at the Foley Brothers hub. Brothers Patrick and Dan are working out front, bottling a new batch of what we discover is Prospect to distribute in the coming days. Their father, Bob, is not too far behind, escorting us to the tasting room next door. Foley Brothers Brewing, as the name suggests, is a true family operation. And a business run by family makes for a most interesting story.


Bob had originally moved to Vermont with dreams of becoming an innkeeper with his wife, and soon after began producing his own wine here in the Green Mountains. Patrick and Dan returned to join and help their father in the Vermont winemaking business. Soon after, however, the boys propositioned a brewery, one that would start small in the family’s garage. This is the moment Foley Brothers Brewing began. With the help of their sister, Patrick and Dan started their very own nano brewery venture.

The brewery name, Foley Brothers, and their branding (which clearly celebrates a pirate theme) pay homage to their surname’s Gaelic roots.  The family has chosen names such as Mutiny and Rusty Musket for their brews as a clever salute to their family name, which dates back to the times of pirates and sailors. Patrick’s knack for brewery operations compliments Dan’s biology background, aiding in the recipe creation process. Their sister, Christine, also played a vital role in marketing as the brewery was getting off the ground. But why just name the brewery after the brothers? Bob chuckles as he says, “How do you name a brewery Foley Brothers and Sister?” Instead, the family honored their sister’s hard work and dedication by naming their first double IPA the Fair Maiden (definitely now a renowned product for the brewery). Christine runs with this title, as evidenced by the Foley Brothers Brewing Pirates Code hanging in the tasting room and signed in part by “the Fairly Weird Maiden.” All in all, the family bond and humor is noticeable at this brewery, and we can’t help but revel in the entertainment of it all. Reilly, the Foley’s dog, is another family member we cannot forget. Dubbed the “mascot” of the brewery, this cutie will accompany you around the grounds and take all the belly rubs you can offer.

In addition to the Fair Maiden, Foley Brothers also began brewing Ginger Wheat and Brown Ale as their premiere beers in 2012. It was the Fair Maiden, in fact, that Bob credits for putting Foley Brothers Brewing on the map. This beer earned an overall score of 98 – quite heartwarming and appropriate, considering the family significance behind this particular brew.

This nano brewery now operates on a seven-barrel system and still occupies the family garage. Plans of expansion are in the works, based on the growing popularity and demand for Foley Brothers product. However, we hope this operation remains in this humble structure for a bit longer. These down-home roots and familial ties are what intrigues us most about a place like Foley Brothers Brewing. Here, in the town of Brandon VT, two brothers and their family work together to create a product that has earned some very high and well-deserved national attention. Vermont has flourished in recent years to champion the microbrewery movement. To earn recognition in such a beer epicenter is not only noteworthy, but also downright incredible. If you have yet to try a Foley Brother product, we suggest wasting no time at all in finding one of their beers and trying it yourself (we suggest the ever-favorite Citrennial or Prospect for your first encounter).

Foley Brothers’ most recent concoction is Prawpah Ruby, a grapefruit-centric brew that has us screaming for sunny days and warmer nights. Organic skins and pressed grapefruit juice add to this not-too-fruity, light and refreshing beer. True to their distinctive beer profile, the Prawpah Ruby has a beautiful hop flavor. In addition to this glorious brew, we sip on a multitude of Foley Brothers IPAs in the tasting room (and you can too). The Foley Brothers lineup is so special, each IPA variety hosts a distinct character and dankness. IPA can no longer be considered a flavor unto itself. If anything, Foley Brothers Brewing has celebrated in the fact that IPAs can encompass a wide array of tastes.

For anyone in Vermont, especially those visiting us here in Woodstock, we highly suggest taking the scenic drive to Foley Brothers Brewing. Each and every member of the family and staff are ridiculously friendly, helpful, and down to earth. Stop by throughout the warmer months to take advantage of their outdoor space which includes a beer garden and pizza oven as well! Check their Facebook page for updates. In just five years, Foley Brothers Brewing has earned quite the reputable name for itself. This family’s tenacity has certainly paid off and will continue to serve the Foley brothers (and sister!) well in the future. For now, we will sit back, pop the cap, and enjoy a Prawpah Ruby as we wait for summer to arrive.

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First Draft: Best Vermont Breweries to Visit

03/28/2017

Vermont is known for many things: beautiful barns, maple syrup, foliage, cheese, and…let’s not forget, beer. Over the past few years, the state’s beer culture has exploded! Creativity is flowing and the world is noticing. Brewers today are taking chances, unafraid of some really funky results. We celebrate these risk-takers! Vermont, in particular, houses a group of brewers eager to participate in the farm-to-bottle (or can!) movement. In addition to working with local producers, these breweries are openly experimenting with different techniques and flavors.

Many breweries now reside in our state of Vermont, from nationwide producers to dedicated microbrewers. We admit that this can feel overwhelming for someone looking to narrow down their brewski destinations. No worries. We’ve given some major thought to our brewery suggestions. Below, you’ll find our top picks for breweries to visit, not only to fill your growler, but to also sit and enjoy your tasting experience!

1. Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT
Hill Farmstead has become an iconic name. Head brewer, Shaun Hill, built the brewery on his family farm, a destination which reflects Shaun’s heritage and humbleness perfectly. Believe us, he has a lot to brag about. Ratebeer dubbed Hill Farmstead Best New Brewery in 2010, and awarded them World’s Best Brewery three times since. Visitors travel from all over the world to pay homage to Shaun’s beer genius. What’s more enticing – a recent renovation to the brewery resulted in the expansion of a top-notch tasting room and brewing facility. We suggest grabbing a growler of their rotating Society & Solitude while in the Northeast Kingdom.

2. The Alchemist, Stowe VT
Cans are this brewery’s jam. Heady Topper cans, to be exact. We practically covet this brewery’s goods, making sure to share only with those we know to appreciate it. The Alchemist draws crowds who willingly gather hours before opening, just to stock up on their delicious beer. Visit the brewery for a tasting, take-home beer, or even some Alchemist swag (the mad scientist graphic is one of our favorites). Focal Banger is another top-notch brew we suggest picking up while visiting the brewery!

3. Foley Brothers Brewing, Brandon VT
A short distance off of scenic Route 7 lies Foley Brothers Brewing, a producer of whom we remain big fans! The obsession began with their Ginger Wheat and grew to include many of their other libations, including Mutiny and Citrennial! The humble, yet bustling brewery offers a variety of tasting and nibbles! Take a beautiful drive and visit this tasty destination.

4. Fiddlehead Brewing CompanyShelburne VT
Another stop along the beautiful drive down Route 7 should include Fiddlehead Brewing Company. Amongst the top-ranking breweries mentioned above, Fiddlehead holds their own on the BeerAdvocate Rating List. Seasonal selections are always available on tap at the brewery, in addition to their flagship brew, Fiddlehead IPA. Fiddlehead’s tasting room can fill your growler while pouring free samples of their current brews. We particularly like Second Fiddle and Mastermind. Be warned – their specialty cans sell out quickly!

We can’t wrap this up without mentioning a few breweries worth keeping your eye on. After all, the beer world is constantly growing and evolving here in Vermont. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite up-and-coming breweries below.

River Roost Brewery, White River Junction VT
We’re so happy to have some quality brew practically in our backyard. River Roost has been gaining some major attention. They were named to BeerAdvocate’s Class of 2016 for Best New Breweries!  Well-deserved attention, for sure. Stop in to taste one of a few brews they have on tap each week, and take home a growler of your favorite! We’re partial to Más Verde.

Foam Brewers, Burlington VT
We’ve been hearing big things about this Burlington brewery. Foam Brewers has accumulated a rapid and enthusiastic following, all vying to taste the next funky mixture being served. We’re looking forward to visiting ourselves!  And, they are also a BeerAdvocate Class of 2016 Best New Brewery!

Frost Beer Works, Hinesburg VT
Our friends over at Hops N’ Barley rave about this beer, and we couldn’t agree more with their sentiment. Frost is producing some really fantastic beer as of late, including Lush Double IPA and Junior IPA. Sip a pint, grab a few bottles, or fill a growler while visiting this tasting room!

Upper Pass Beer Company, Tunbridge VT
Conceived by true Vermonters, Upper Pass resides in the hills of Tunbridge. This craft brewery is small, yet mighty. We truly enjoy tasting their brews and can’t wait to see how they evolve! As a side note, Upper Pass also roasts their own coffee beans to add to their beer, as well as for non-alcoholic cold brew. This coffee is sold under the name, First Branch Coffee.

 

Have any other brewery suggestions? Feel free to reach out via social media or email. We’d love to hear your favorites!

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Foraged Flavor: Fable Farm Fermentory

03/23/2017

Picture this: a live band serenades us as we peruse the goods of local makers and producers under a large, open tent. Little ones run about the vast field as the sun slowly sets behind them. Feast & Field Markets are a sign of warmer days and lazy evenings, outdoor play and leisurely picnics. We amble past abundant flowers, jugs of kombucha, made-to-order tacos, flavorful ice cream, and…of course, Fable Farm Fermentory wines and ciders! All are housed in this one space, creating an atmosphere we could easily describe as the perfect summer night. 

In part, Feast & Field is a celebration of Fable Farm, the collective of which it is a part, and the cider wine produced in its very own fermentory. The amount of activity and liveliness surrounding Fable Farm is utterly incredible. Farmers, artists, consumers…all are drawn to the Piana brothers and the world they’ve helped create in this little corner of Barnard VT. 

Christopher Piana pursued organic vegetable farming after college. Struck by the bounty of the land, its cyclical seasons, and the healthy diet earth’s rotation fosters, he felt inspired by the act of tending to a terrain that so naturally promotes a healthy lifestyle. Christopher, his brother, and their fellow partners openly share their food philosophy – rich in raw and fermented vegetables, as well as locally pasture-raised meats. With the help of other members in their farm collective (including Kiss the Cow Farm and Eastman Farm), Feast & Field is just one way in which Fable Farm celebrates the seasonal bounty by sharing with each other and the public.

Fable Farm Fermentory describes itself as a group of “farmers, growers, herbalists, chefs, winemakers, and artists” who initially utilized their land as a vegetable CSA venture. While in the midst of raising vegetables, the farm also became interested in the fermentation process of the foods they were growing. This goes hand-in-hand with the vivid apple and cider-making culture in and around Barnard VT. Quite fortuitously, Christopher and his team discovered ancestral fruit trees on the land – a rather rare find, as these trees evaded the mass cutting that occurred in our country during Prohibition. Fable Farm Fermentory currently makes their cider from these wild, abandoned, cultivated fruit trees. They’re found anywhere from on the farm to neighboring fields, forests, backyards, and orchards. Since their beginnings in 2008, Fable Farm has also been tending to their newly planted nursery trees, which continue to take root for future harvests. 

Christopher describes his libations as living wines made from local fruits, herbs, saps, and honey – a true reflection of the seasonal bounty. In addition to their commitment to local flora, Fable Farm Fermentory also prides itself in using native yeast fermentation in their process. This, Christopher believes, “allows the wine to better reflect the place from which it rose.” In keeping with the ingredients’ natural state, Fable Farm Fermentory does not filter or use sulfites. The result is a variation of dry ciders, cured and matured in the Fermentory’s very own aging cave. They use an array of fermenting mediums, including natural oak barrels, stainless steel, and glass. Fable Farm exercises both ancestral and traditional methods for making sparkling cider, and also experiment in fermenting with extended fruit skin contact and infusion. The infusion – that’s what we find to be one of the most fascinating parts of Fable Farm’s fermentation process. Christopher lists locally-foraged ingredients they may use, such as elderflower, currants, and dandelion. With the addition of maple and birch sap meads, Fable Farm’s repertoire seems to just keep growing. Today, old world recipes like honey-apple, honey-grape, and honey-maple wines age amongst the many barrels in the Fermentory’s cave.

The organic edibles grown and fermented by Fable Farm allow for some truly special events to be held at the Fermentory! Weddings are among the most memorable, we think. The Fermentory provides an idyllic venue – organic fields speckled with blossoming apple trees, fresh ingredients from the terroir itself, and plenty of barn space to celebrate new beginnings!

Fable Farm hosts tastings and tours several times a month, in addition to multi-course meals with cider and wine pairings. Christopher notes, “We delight in providing a fluid bridge onto the farm and into the Fermentory for guests to intimately immerse and engage all their senses.” Warmer months also welcome an opportunity for the Fermentory to host farm lunches. Take a midday break and munch on some farm-fresh goods with fellow farmers, interns, locals, and visitors. And of course, we highly recommend their Feast & Field Markets throughout the summer. Having gone many a time, we can’t praise these events enough. 

In fact, Fable Farm asks you to join them this Saturday, March 25th from 3-5PM for a tasting at the Fermentory’s barn! They’ll be pouring flights of newly released apple wines and late-winter tapas (meatballs, prosciutto, farm pickles, and cheeses – YUM!). Bottles and cases will also be available for purchase. If you’d like to stick around, Fable Farm Fermentory will be hosting a dinner after the tasting. RSVP for dinner, and preferably for the tasting as well, by emailing info@fablefarmfermentory.com.

At first glance, it appears that Fable Farm has their hands in many things – from markets, to farming, to fermentation, to events. However, taking a small step back, it’s easy to see the harmonious fluidity between food, farm, and community which Fable Farm Fermentory wholeheartedly supports. We love their markets, truly enjoy visiting the Fermentory, and like sharing their ciders and wines with friends. Their libations are unique, and most likely different from anything your friends have tasted before. Pick up a bottle at a local market or go visit the farm yourself – both are an experience you won’t want to miss.

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Dinner with an Impact: Change the World Kids

03/16/2017

A recent visit from storm Stella has made it clear that winter is not quite done with us yet. Slow clap for the groundhog…he definitely called this one. Snow continues to cover our roofs and lawns, reminding us to be patient as we eagerly await spring in New England. For now, we embrace the outdoor beauty and seek refuge in our weekly gatherings at a local church, where the Change the World Kids host Anti-Cabin Fever Dinners every Wednesday throughout the winter! 

Local Anti-Cabin Fever Dinners are the perfect excuse for our neighbors to withdraw from their respective fireplaces and gather as a community. Attending such events has become a special Terwelp family tradition with friends throughout the years. These Anti-Cabin Fever Dinners provide those who attend with three-course meals prepared by CTWKids and a volunteer chef from the area. Each week, a new chef joins the kids in the kitchen to help raise money and spread the word of CTWKids. The dinners quickly become anticipated events in which we stop to relax and gather, mid-week, with friends or family. Now, as the anti-fever season comes to a close, we preciously await the final few dinners left on the calendar. We have undoubtedly come to consider these meals very special occasions, which cumulatively help support our local group of Change the World Kids.

Each Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner donation contributes to the Change the World Kids’ annual trip to re-forest Bosque para Siempre, a migratory rain forest in Costa Rica. Their re-foresting, in turn, helps support our local migratory songbirds, in addition to other native forest species. As such, each meal served is a step toward a worth-while environmental cause that has piqued the interest of our local Woodstock middle and high schoolers.

Our CTWKids also do a large amount of community work here in the Upper Valley. They are all true community leaders, who care about helping local individuals and organizations in need, as well as maintaining the natural world around them. Food justice is just another branch of CTWKids’ mission. The kids aim to create and strengthen local systems and resources, in addition to providing hands-on assistance to promote sustainable lifestyles. One example of this, which we find very cool, includes the CTWKids root cellar. The cellar utilizes earth’s insulation to keep produce at a constant humidity and temperature throughout the cooler months. We call this a long-term solution. Local farmers helped create this special cellar, which now keeps produce throughout the winter without using non-renewable energy or an extravagant cooling system. Pretty neat, right?

March 15th marked the Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner now annually orchestrated by our very own Rick Terwelp of The Jackson House Inn! With ample help from our Change the World Kids, Rick prepared a three-course meal consisting of wild arugula salad, Welsh rarebit, and savory apple tart.

Wild arugula and baby greens started the meal off with a bang. Rick tossed the salad with delicious parmesan, pickled onion, beet chips and candied pecans.  Then the kids added a little pile of cheese to top each bowl.  We had shaved the cheese from this giant wheel earlier that day – yum!

Considering the snow that had fallen the day before, nothing quite satisfied our bellies like a warm and luxurious bowl of Rick’s Welsh rarebit. The kids helped coat pieces of toasted sourdough with a warm emulsified cheese sauce and sprinkled slow-roasted tomatoes, sweet onion, and candied bacon on top. A quick sprinkle of organic microgreens and a drizzle of balsamic, and there it was, delivered to each guest – a true rendition of our Jackson House breakfast! Lucky for you, we’ve written our Welsh rarebit recipe here.

Rick and the kids concluded the meal on a high note – with a savory apple tart. They added a filling of currants, cranberries, and apples to a mixture of garlic, onion, and thyme (savory!). Before baking, the filling was wrapped in pastry dough and and topped with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Our fellow diners tried to put their finger on the “spice” that made this dish so savory. In fact, the secret was the apples playing off the sweet roasted garlic. A dollop of vanilla bean gelato atop each serving made this savory apple tart a home run.

We are honored to have contributed to a meal put on by our local Change the World Kids. Their contagious energy and enthusiastic buzz create an overall cheerful and joyous vibe throughout the dining room. Yesterday’s dinner was a complete success because of them! Community, passion, and food – all were abundant last night. Thank you to CTWKids and our community for another incredible Anti-Fever Dinner.  

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Sweet Spring: Sugaring Season

03/07/2017

Things are beginning to thaw in Vermont! The maple trees feel it. Their sap is flowing and we’ve been taking advantage (can you say hoecakes?). A short jaunt around Woodstock is evidence enough that sugaring season is in full force. Sap buckets line the streets and sap lines zig-zag the forests. People often reach to the market shelves for a taste of Vermont’s famous syrup, but nothing compares to visiting a sugar shack and witnessing the process in person! We’re sharing a lineup of some favorite sugarhouses to visit this year in Vermont.

1Richardson Farm, Hartland VT. We at the Jackson House hear this is where the locals like to go. This family-owned farm has a deep rooted history. The Richardsons have been cultivating the same land since 1907! Richardson Farm operates 8,000 maple taps, from which they can produce 3,000 – 5,000 gallons of syrup in one year (pretty impressive, seeing as it takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce only 1 gallon of syrup!). You can also get their syrup (in convenient and fun squeeze bottles!) at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market. PS – they have the cutest cows we ever did see.

2. Elm Grove Farm, Pomfret VT. Located on one of our very favorite roads in Woodstock (Cloudland Road!), Elm Grove Farm is all about tradition. Not only do these farmers use old school sap buckets, but they’ve also built a boiling cauldron to recreate the sugaring process once used hundreds of years ago! Idyllic Vermont barns, a slow and winding road, and one really cool way to boil – this sugarhouse has won our hearts.

3. Sugarbush FarmWoodstock VT. Sugarbush Farm is a classic here in Woodstock. Recommended to many a visitor, this farm is open seven days a week and provides plenty of activities to entertain you and your family. Sample four grades of syrup and learn the major differences among them. Don’t forget to also taste this farm’s own cheese!

4. Bragg Farm, East Montpelier VT. We remember visiting this sugarhouse before moving to Vermont! Eight generations have been operating the sugarhouse on Bragg Farm. This maple farm offers a free guided tour of their sugaring process and grounds, which includes their traditional sap buckets and wood firing operation. They also invite visitors to explore the nearby woods where they’ve hung over 2,000 sap buckets! A beautiful way to enjoy a Vermont spring day, if we do say so ourselves!

5. Morse Farm, Montpelier VT. This farm’s story is pretty neat. The ancestors of Morse Farm learned the process of tapping maple trees from the Native Americans. They were taught that hot rocks could evaporate sap until only sugar or “sinzibukwud” remained. Sample some Sugar on Snow while on the farm, even supplying a dill pickle and donut to offset sweetness and to soak up the maple goodness.

Early spring is a time of celebration in the Northeast. The climbing temperatures and dripping sap are a sign of blossoms and green to come! We revel in this re-energization! Come join in our enthusiasm and enjoy something especially sweet this sugaring season!

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Making Something Out of Nothing: Apotheca Flowers

02/28/2017

Spring seems to be just around the corner. While snow still blankets the majority of our backyard here in Vermont, the warmer temps are beginning to make an appearance in our forecast. With this, we eagerly await hints of green and blossoming buds. Boy, are we itching to feel spring’s warmth and see all the growth that comes with it. We miss cutting our own herbs for breakfast, watering the flower beds, and even mowing the lawn. Are you feeling the same winter blues? Well, we have the solution. A greenhouse or garden shop can serve as a tranquil retreat around this time of year, and the flora found in Apotheca Flowers makes for one of the best sanctuaries we can recommend. We walk in and immediate feel the thaw in our cold fingers and toes. It’s our own little oasis, complete with abundant greenery and coffee aroma.

Apotheca is nestled in the small town of Goffstown NH. Situated in the old Goffstown Train Station from the 1860’s, the charm of this cafe/garden store is evident from the get-go. Walking up the wooden steps, you can see the camaraderie inside from the front windows. Everyone is chatting away, greeting each entrant as an old friend. In fact, most of the people in the cafe are friends, or at least acquaintances. The sense of community here is strong, and certainly a comforting reception for newcomers. The warmth and calmness of the space is felt immediately upon entering.

This was owner Alyssa Van Guilder’s intention. Inspiration and kindness embody her daily ethos. She describes Apotheca as a manifestation of the phrase, “L’ARTE D’ARRANGIARSI” – making something out of nothing. You see, Alyssa grew up in rural Alaska with her siblings and parents. She watched as her parents ran a local cafe on the Denali Highway, a place in which the local community and visitors gathered and conversed. Alyssa remained keen on this astounding sense of community, as well as the hard work and rewarding nature involved in tending to a place such as this. Despite relocating from Alaska to Minnesota to New Hampshire, Alyssa maintained her love for gardening. She remembers the impressive underground greenhouse in her Alaskan neighbor’s yard and working on a family farm in Minnesota. It appears that so many influences from her childhood have led to this point in her life today.

In 2005, Alyssa and her two young children took a leap of faith to fulfill her dream of opening up a storefront. Alyssa, with the help of her family, built Apotheca into what it is today. Her mom worked with the books, while her father and brothers worked on various projects throughout the shop. Most importantly, Alyssa notes, the community of this quaint New England town showed acceptance toward her, her family, and this little dream-come-true project.

The name “Apotheca” was chosen for its Latin meaning, which is a storehouse or variety. This is so perfectly suited to Alyssa’s eclectic style. Canvases by local artists are accompanied by mounted staghorn ferns, macrame planters, antique frames, and brightly colored garlands. The atmosphere is intriguing – it pulls you in and evokes inspiration in every corner. In addition, Alyssa mentions, “fresh flowers and plants … remind us that life is fleeting and beautiful and must be nurtured.” The cafe complements the expressive greenery in the shop, as “a cup of something delicious [is] an invitation to sit down and BE … whether it is with yourself and your own thoughts, or together at a shared table … communities, fellowship, and growth are built around filled cups.”

For anyone looking for a warm latte or a little green in their life, Apotheca is without a doubt the place for you. Terrariums, big and small, are abundant amongst beautiful cards, home styling knick-knacks, and an incredibly impressive assortment of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Alyssa can’t praise this product enough! She uses it in her store constantly.). Velvet-clad chairs and vibrant leather seats adorn lounging areas throughout the shop. A guitar leans against the fireplace to inspire any musically-inclined visitor. Think: Terrain meets Paper Source meets your favorite local coffee shop. Apotheca is perfectly casual with the most stimulating ambiance.

Not in the Goffstown area? They have services outside the shop as well! Peruse Apotheca’s Instagram and website to get a glimpse of what Alyssa and her talented team have created for weddings and other special occasions. Their work is incredible. They also have a selection of their in-store products available online! Be sure to take a look at their upcoming in-store events as well – it may be worth the visit!

We visited just before Valentine’s Day, for which we must thank Alyssa! In what we can easily assume is Alyssa’s true nature, she showed no hesitation in taking a little break from the busy workshop to chat with us over a cup of delicious coffee. She knows her customers by name and interacts with the employees like family. Overall, we can see how Apotheca is an authentic indication of Alyssa’s personality – gentle, sweet, fun, and quirky…not to mention, she has incredible taste. Apotheca is Alyssa’s passion project, and it’s nothing short of extraordinary.

We encourage you to stop into Apotheca, especially if you are traveling to or from Woodstock and Boston. A great cup of coffee awaits, along with various tokens of a beautifully curated shop. We have nothing but wonderful things to say about Alyssa and the others working there, and we can’t think of a better place to sit, relax, chat with friends, or read a book. Stop into the town of Goffstown and this beautiful shop in the village. You won’t regret it.

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