Vermont Maple Open House

Vermont Sugarmakers Association

When spring arrives the Vermont Sugar Makers will celebrate by inviting you to a free maple open house March 22 and 23, 2014.

Vermonters know that spring has arrived when sugaring season starts. Warm days and cold nights mean that maple sap is running, and that means that sugar makers are hard at work. But they're not so busy that they don't want to stop to celebrate!

Vermont maple producers invite you to join them at their sugar houses on March 22 and 23 to sample not only new syrup, but other great ways to get your sweet fix. Activities will be different at each sugar house. Weather permitting you can see first-hand how maple sap is collected and boiled down to make syrup. Some sugar makers offer horse-drawn wagon tours of their sugar bush and some have special activities for children.  Others offer maple donuts, pancakes and syrup , maple candies or taffy-like “sugar on snow.”

Because no two sugar houses are the same, it’s fun to visit more than one.

Vermont has approximately 2000 maple syrup producers and is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup – with 890,000 gallons of syrup produced in 2010. Vermont maple syrup is 100% natural and contains antioxidants, calcium and other beneficial minerals.

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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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