Top Ten Maple Highlights this Fall
1. Scavenger hunt through the Vermont Audubon Society sugarbush! See some of Vermont’s many bird species in their native habitat and learn how sugar makers are taking steps to reduce their impact on birds and other wildlife. This year the Vermont Cheese Council has also planned out a fun statewide scavenger hunt! The Hunt has regional clue packets that will guide you through exploring Vermont’s outdoor environment, history, its cheeses, and maple creemees too!
2. Speaking of creemees… Check out the VT Maple Creemee Trail and try a new spot before the season is over! The days are getting shorter but there is still plenty of time to have a taste of summer the Vermont way. Many creemee stands are open through October and some year-round!
3. A sugarbush is the name we give to a cluster of trees that are producing maple syrup. Enjoy the beauty of maple trees through the changing seasons by taking a walk on one of these 13 on-farm trails, through sugarbushes and beyond!
4. Everyone knows Vermont produces some of the world’s best beers, but not many know that 19 breweries incorporate maple into over 25 different seasonal brews. Stop into your favorite brewery and ask about availability and be sure to check out Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Maple Nipple being offered at 20% off through October at their tasting room in Waitsfield.
5. Not a beer fan and looking for more ways to enjoy Vermont in a can? Craft beverage producers have created many options including Sap! Maple Seltzer, Citizen Cider’s Tree Tapper, and Champlain Orchard’s Mac & Maple hard cider with just the right amount of dark robust Vermont maple syrup from The Gateway Farm in Bristol, VT. In addition to supporting a beloved partnership with the small, family-owned farm, 3.5% of proceeds from Mac & Maple cider go to 350VT.org to help mitigate the effects of climate change and help protect Vermont agriculture, like sugar maples and apple trees.
6. Many Vermont restaurants find creative ways to put maple on the menu and as part of Vermont’s Maple 100 they are sharing some of those techniques. Visit Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre to try a few of Chef Stefano’s creations, or take a shot of recreating them at home with these recipes! Solstice at Spruce Peak in Stowe will also be featuring maple-inspired menu items throughout October and will be giving a portion of proceeds to support the important work of the Vermont Fresh Network.
7. Taste a new flavor of maple – from maple glazed barbecue to maple walnut scones, there is something new to try for any appetite or any time of day. Check out this list of quality products featuring maple from the Vermont Specialty Food Association. Producers across the state are inviting you to experience the wonders of Vermont foliage while enjoying a taste of specialty maple products!
8. Vermont’s sugar makers are opening their doors and farms with fun and educational opportunities for the whole family. Visit vermontmaple.org/the-maple-100 to find maple sugar makers all across the state hosting special events, promotions and savings on maple products, demonstrations on making maple candy and opportunities to learn the process of maple sugar making from tap to table.
9. For the third year the Vermont Department of Libraries and Rooted in Vermont are partnering up with libraries across the state to explore the abundance of food that can be found right in the backyard of Vermonters. Through a combination of socially distant, in-person and virtual events, libraries will be hosting community discussions, nature-walks, and demonstrations that feature and discuss local food activities that Vermonters have been doing for generations, including topics touching on hunting and fishing, gardening, foraging, maple sugaring and more. Exploring Food in Your Backyard events will run from Oct. 11th through Oct. 17th.
10. Get in on the fun from home with virtual tours and other on-line maple events. Watch how producers like Lake Champlain Chocolates and Mad River Distillers incorporate maple into their specialty products, learn more about the lore of the maple creemee or take a virtual tour of a sugar shack all from the comfort of home.
Be sure not to miss updates and fun for all ages from our many partners! Find trails on DigInVT com, follow along with Rooted in Vermont on social media at facebook.com/RootedinVermont, and subscribe to the Vermont Tourism Newsletter at www vermontvacation com/seasons/fall to get highlights from the weekly state foliage reports!