Its All About The Maple in Vermont
So what did we learn after our oh so sweet adventure? When it’s spring in Vermont, thoughts turn to maple sugaring. From back yard buckets to big commercial evaporators, its all about the maple. Warm days and cold nights get the sap running and when the governor thinks its going to hit peak, he announces the annual Maple Sugar Festival. Sugar Houses, inns, restaurants, craft fairs all join in with special hours and events.
Its a culture of Maple
We met down to earth, hard working people who took great pride in their maple products and the Vermont Maple Products reputation. Even in the city (Brattleboro) there was still a hard working rural ethic. We even found one sugar house that sold their products on the honor system. Their cash sat out on a table in a basket. You were trusted to pay for your purchases and if you made change to be honest. No credit cards required.
We Learned about Grades
No, not the kind you get in school. We learned there are different grades of maple syrup. I learned that I like the most refined grade, the Golden, the best although the Amber was a close 2nd. We talked about apples and orchards as well as maple and sampled maple cream, cider donuts and maple cookies.
Photo by Jr St Jean, Take Pride Photography https://www.facebook.com/JRStJeanPhotographer/
To sum it up
We had a great time but to really get the most out of the Festival I’d like to get a room and spend the weekend. I’d drive up Friday night so I could get an early start on Saturday. http://vermontmaple.org/ Enjoy a pancake breakfast, explore more of the Sugar Houses. Some example of activities offered at participating sugar houses include:
- Tours of sugar house and woods
- Pancake breakfasts
- Maple candy-making demonstrations
- Live music
- Horse-drawn sleigh rides
- Sampling of maple syrup
- Maple donuts, maple cotton candy, maple creemees and other maple goodies to try
- Maple syrup and maple specialty products to purchase
I’m sure I’d make myself sick with so much sugar but it’s only one weekend, Right?
One last thing I learned. I understand why reporters don’t take their own photos. I felt very rude taking out the camera while someone was busy explaining about their business. I missed quite a few photos and Joe was nice enough to share his pictures to fill in what I missed.
Maybe next year I can spend the weekend in Vermont for Maple Sugar Festival.