Maple Sugaring Season

An epicurean delight, an outdoor celebration to savor, and a time-honored Vermont tradition.

Vermont’s maple season is a feast for the senses: Taste the delicate flavor of pure Vermont maple syrup, smell wood-fired maple steam as it wafts through the air; listen to the snow crunch underfoot as you approach a sugarbush and witness Vermont’s definitive springtime tradition.

Planning a visit? Explore Vermont’s many Maple Season Packages; experience maple immersion in “Sugar Maker for a Day,” or stay overnight in a restored sugarhouse; take a sugarbush snowshoe tour and dine at restaurants featuring maple.

Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing 1.3 million gallons of syrup last year, Vermont generates over 40 percent of the country’s maple syrup. It’s no wonder Vermont calendars and cookbooks are overflowing with maple festivals and maple recipes!

Vermont’s maple sugaring season usually runs from late February to April. When warm days and cool nights cause the sugar maples' sap to begin to flow again, sugar makers collect sap to boil down to pure Vermont maple syrup. In fact, it takes 40 gallons of sap to create one gallon of maple syrup.

Maple Grade Samples

MAPLE SEASON MAJOR EVENTS

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend: March 28-29, 2015
More than 80 Vermont sugar makers invite you to visit their farms and sugarhouses. See for yourself how maple syrup is made. Some sugar makers offer tours and horse-drawn wagon rides, and others welcome you with tastings of this year's crop, sugar-on-snow, and maple donuts. Because no two sugarhouses are the same, plan on visiting more than one!

The 48th Vermont Maple Festival: April 24-26, 2015
Enjoy three days of celebrating all things maple! There’s a craft and specialty foods show, with cooking demonstrations, a parade, sweet entertainment, a pancake breakfast, maple buffet dinner, and more maple fun for all.

VIDEO: Watch Sap to Syrup to learn more about sugaring.

"It's the syrup!"

Touted Olympic Gold Medal Winner Hannah Teter when asked to what she owes her success. Sugar makers couldn't agree more! Maple is a pure, natural sweetener that not only adds a distinct flavor to anything it touches but also contains traces of manganese, riboflavin, zinc, and magnesium. In Vermont, you’ll see many clever uses of maple on the menu: from beer to wine; granola to gourmet dining - there’s a food producer, restaurant and maple recipe waiting to tantalize at DigInVT.com.



MAPLE… FOR ADULTS ONLY

For those seeking more maple indulgence, there’s maple massages and libations to enjoy! Relax with a Maple and Honey Scrub at Lake Morey Resort and experience a hydrating Maple and Brown Sugar Scrub at the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

Vermont Gold Ultra-Premium Vodka
Vermont Gold Vodka is pure, delicate, unflavored vodka, handmade in small batches from the sugar of maple sap, the very essence of Vermont. Vermont Gold is triple-distilled and lightly filtered to allow the distinctive quality of the maple fermentation to come through. Visit the distillery and store in Quechee.

Boyden Valley Winery
Sample Boyden’s Vermont Maple Reserve and Maple Crème Liquer. The Maple Reserve is crafted from a blend of apple cider and maple syrup. It’s an exceptional after dinner sweet wine. The Maple Crème Liquer is a premium cream liqueur enhanced by blending in Vermont Maple syrup and apple brandy produced from Vermont grown apples. Samples, tours and events are at their family farm in Cambridge.

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery
At the tail end of the sugaring season, the vintners at Fresh Tracks draw off the remaining maple sap to produce maple wine. Unique enough to be enjoyed on its own and sweet enough for a cider donut, this wine is sure to please. With regular events and a warm bar space, Fresh Tracks welcomes visitors in Berlin.

Maple is available by the pint too, as Vermont beer! Sample beers infused with Vermont maple syrup from Long Trail Brewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Rock Art Brewery to name a few.


Visit VermontMaple.org to learn more about maple and meet Vermont sugar makers.

 

Watch Vermont Videos


sap to syrup

I want to learn more!

Old Fashioned Sugar on Snow Recipe

Directions:
(It's pretty complicated, so pay attention.)
Boil syrup until it's almost "soft ball" stage --
234 degrees Fahrenheit.
(To test, drizzle boiling syrup into glass of water -
if it's stringy, it's ready.)
Gather up a bowl of fresh, clean snow.
Drizzle syrup over snow.
Enjoy with fork or fingers.
Optional: Serve with sour pickle for Vermont style sweet & sour!

More Recipes at vermontmaple.org.

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