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Vermont Sugarmakers Take on New Challenges

Drilling to put vacuum tubing in place for maple tapping.


January 17, 2018

Steve Willsey of Shaker Maple Farm in Addison County tapped his first tree in 1988. For Willsey and many other Vermonters, maple syrup production, or sugarmaking, now represents a primary source of income. Donna Hutchinson (Mt. Pleasant Sugarworks) explained that it was not always like this. “The i...

Maple Season Comes to Vermont Late This Year

By Grace Levin

April 8, 2015

Spring thaw marks the start of maple syrup season in Vermont. Across the state, trees will be tapped, sap will be boiled, and pancakes will be doused in fresh syrup to mark the beginning of spring. Vermont is known as the maple capital of America with 1500 sugarhouses producing 40 percent of the nation’s...

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