Today was Tuesday and it was rainy and a bit cold. We had planned a stay-home day to give everyone a break, but with the weather and nine people in a tiny condo it seemed like a better idea to have at least a little bit of an excursion to pass the time. So we headed up to Norwich, VT to see the King Arthur Flour facility.
King Arthur was interesting. The company has been around as King Arthur Flour for almost 100 years, but it has been around for more than 200 years total. It was formerly known as Sands, Taylor & Wood.
King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company, founded in Boston in 1790 to provide pure, high-quality flour for residents of the newly formed United States. More than 220 years later, we’re the nation’s premier baking resource, offering everything from top-quality baking products to inspiring educational programs—all backed by the passion and commitment of our dedicated employee-owners.
We spent a little time watching the bakers at work. They make pastries and other items for the restaurant/cafe.
Then we decided we should sample some of the bakers’ hard work. We got a plate of apple danish, cinnamon roll, chocolate brownie, and cookies to share.
It lasted approximately 43 seconds.
In the shop, I bought a 10# bag of flour. This was exciting, because I typically buy King Arthur Flour anyway. At home, however, there are no 10# bags. And a 5# bag costs $5.25. 5# bags here were $3.49. I got a 10# bag for $6.99. That was the only inexpensive thing at King Arthur Flour, however. I got some pastry flour, a cookbook, and a mushroom-shaped cookie cutter. That and some chocolate chips came out to almost $60, even with a 15% off coupon. Yikes. Good thing I saved all that money on the flour.
From here, we split up. L and I wanted to do some shopping in Quechee Gorge. We headed up there while DH and FIL took all the kids to Montshire, a science musuem just up the road from King Arthur.
In Quechee, we shopped at the Quechee Gorge Village and had a bite for lunch at a little diner.
I had the chicken fiesta soup (which was pretty good) and coffee (which was not).
Next, L and I stopped at the Vermont Spirits Distilling Co, where we sampled “Vermont Gold Vodka”. This interesting spirit is distilled from maple sap. It definitely has a hint of maple when you drink it. I think it would make a good sipping vodka. L bought a pretty 385ml bottle of it to bring home.
We walked through an antique mall, then a few other small shops. I bought a couple of small cookbooks at the Cabot Quechee store, along with some maple candy for the kids. We also stopped at Scotland by the Yard, which was a cute little celtic-import place. It seemed kind of odd to be shopping for Scottish-themed items in the middle of Vermont. But it was a cute store.
Around 5, we headed home and met the guys, who went out for a quick sightseeing tour with FIL. They met us at Salt Hill Pub for dinner. I had some of the best macaroni and cheese there.
Stuffed, we rolled ourselves back to the condo. We enjoyed a lazy evening of teevee (Papa) and computer/tablet/phone (everyone else).