State still top maple producer
VERMONT - Vermont continues to lead the nation by a commanding margin as the top maple-producing state. Total Vermont maple syrup production in 2022 was 2.55 million gallons, an 800,000-gallon increase over the prior year and about half of the US production of maple syrup.
To celebrate a great season and introduce folks to Vermont’s amazing maple syrup, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association offers fall maple open houses the weekend of Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9. This new addition to the annual tradition of maple open house events gives Vermont’s sugar makers a chance to welcome visitors near and far into their sugarhouses to learn, taste, and explore firsthand why people should think of Vermont first when they think of maple syrup.
While the sap is not running in the fall, there are plenty of ways to enjoy some traditional and not-so-traditional open house activities - sugarhouse tours, sampling syrup, tours of the woods, pancake breakfasts, and plenty of maple products to taste, including maple doughnuts, maple cotton candy, maple ice cream, and creemees. Find all the details at www.vermontmaple.org/MOHW.
There are so many ways to celebrate maple, even if unable to join for Maple Open House events. Call your favorite sugar maker and see if they’re open to guests. Support your Vermont sugar makers by purchasing their syrup and other maple products - some have robust online sites. Others might be willing to mail you just what you’re looking for so reach out and ask. There’s no time like the present for maple lovers to stock up on a gallon or two of syrup or some specialty products.
More information is at www.VermontMaple.org.