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Is Spring On The Way? Usually, beginning in February, Vermonters pray for the 40ish degree days and sub-freezing nights that keep sap running in the trunks of the very same sugar maple trees that dazzled us last fall with displays of brilliant red and gold leaves.

Vermont SugarhouseIt’s Vermont’s first sign that Spring is on the way, and its a Vermont signature food product! Bottles labeled Vermont Maple Syrup are the real deal – all made from the sap of Sugar Maple Trees, and nothing else!

Conversations at the local post office and general store center on how the weather is apt to affect the quality and price of this year’s syrup. Temperature fluctuation is a delicate balancing act. Sap will not run when below 40 degrees. On the other hand, at 45 degrees, the sap in the tree turns to sugar, and the trees no longer produce sap. As Mark Twain pointed out, everybody talks about the weather, but there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

We owe this golden gift to the Native Americans for whom maple sugar was a staple cooking ingredient. The Abenaki people, who were the first Vermonters to cut a gash in the trunk of each tree in their maple camp and place a wooden spout in it for the sap to drip into a birch bark bucket set on the ground. The buckets of sap were poured into large kettles and boiled down to sugar. Maple sugar was a prized and versatile food and seasoning used as commonly as salt is now. It was that bit of sugar that helped children’s medicine go down, and Native American warriors carried rations of maple sugar mixed with dried corn flour into battle.

Over the more than 200 years that maple sap has been gathered, birch bark buckets have been replaced by metal sap buckets hung by hooks from trees to catch sap dripping from metal taps. Even more common now is plastic tubing strung from tree to tree to collect the sap and carry it to a large storage tank.

Feeling ambitious? You can collect sap and boil it down. Here’s what you’re in for. You need to collect 10 gallons of sap to produce one quart of syrup. An average maple tree yields 15 to 40 gallons of sap in a season. Trees vary however.  A tree may yield between five to 15 gallons, while a real gusher under ideal conditions may yield 40 to 80 gallons. The best producers are sugar maple trees also known as Rock Maple or Hard Maple.

Maple syrup is not the only maple product to enjoy. Try maple candy, maple ice cream, maple fudge, maple cotton candy, maple popcorn, maple butter and maple cream. Pour syrup over ice cream or oatmeal or French toast. Check our events calendar for events centered around maple and by all means look for the springtime-only opportunity to enjoy Sugar on Snow – a favorite get-together activity of Vermont community organizations large and small.

One of Vermont's most popular events is the annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, when sugarhouses throughout the state demonstrate how sap is gathered, processed and turned into golden syrup or sugar. Although most, not all, sugarhouses are open for tours during this weekend, phone ahead!




Listed Alphabetically By Name:


Baird Farm
North Chittenden, VT  802-483-2963


Birch Hill Farm
South Woodstock, VT  802-457-4806


Black Sheep Sugarhouse
Orleans, VT  802-754-6693


Bragg Farm Sugarhouse
East Montpelier, VT  802-223-5757


Branon's West View Maples
Fairfield, VT  802-527-2430


Burgess Sugarhouse
Underhill, VT  802-899-5228


Bushee Family Maple Farm
Danby, VT  802-293-5037


Cabot Hills Maple
Cabot, VT  877.486.5524


Carman Brook Maple & Dairy Farm
Swanton, VT  802-868-2347


Center Hill Maples
Barnet, VT  802-633-4491


Couture's Maple Shop
Westfield, VT  802-744-2733


Dakin Farm
Ferrisburgh, VT 


Echo Hill Farm
Craftsbury, VT  802-586-2239


Evans Maple Farm
East Dummerston, VT  802-257-0262


Goodrich's Maple Farm
Cabot, VT  802-426-3388


Green Mountain Sugarhouse
Ludlow, VT  800-643-9338


Green's Sugarhouse
Poultney, VT  802-287-5745


Happy Acres Farm
South Reading, VT  800-647-9787


Harlow's Sugar House
Putney, VT  802-387-5852


Hidden Springs Maple
Putney, VT  888 889 8781


Hillsboro Sugar Works
Hillsboro, VT 


Isham Family Farm
Williston, VT  802-872-1525


Jed's Maple Products
Westfield, VT  802-744-2095


Kedron Sugar Makers
South Woodstock, VT  802-457-3015


Krueger-Norton Family Sugarhouse
Shrewsbury, VT  888-486-9460


Mansion House Maple
Johnson, VT  888-545-5622


Maple In Vermont
Charlotte, VT  802-425-7900


Maple Knoll Farm
Springfield, VT  802.885.1688


Merck Forest
Rupert, VT  802-394-7836


Mom & Pop's World's Best Vermont Maple Syrup
Rochester, VT  802-767-3731


Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Montpelier, VT  800-242-2740


Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm
Stowe, VT  802-253-4655


Old Carriage Sugarhouse
Charlotte, VT  802-425-4928


Ox Pasture Maples
Richford, VT  802-878-6043


Palmer Lane Maple
Jeffersonville, VT  802-644-8334


Smith Maple Crest Farm
Shrewsbury, VT  802-492-3367


Snow Hill Farm
Westford, VT  802-878-3566


Sugarbush Farm
Woodstock, VT  802-457-1757


Sweet Retreat
Northfield, VT  802-485-8525


Taft's Milk & Maple Farm
Huntington, VT  802-434-2727


The Green Mountain Maple Sugar Refining Company
Belvidere Center,, VT  802-644-2625


Trudell Family Farm
East Fairfield, VT  802-827-3213


Two Old Saps Sugarworks
Lincoln, VT  877-683-0269


Vermont Maple Outlet
Jeffersonville, VT  800-858-3121


Vermont Trade Winds Farm
Shoreham, VT  802-897-2448


Wood's Cider Mill
Springfiled, VT  802-263-5547


 

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