The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend on March 24-25 will give visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more.
Vermont’s maple syrup is in demand more than ever. More than 1,500 sugarhouses across Vermont produce 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup. Last year alone, Vermont produced nearly 2 million gallons of syrup. That takes a lot of sap (in fact, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup).
Over 90 maple producers will participate in this weekend’s festivities. I haven’t visited all 90-plus sugarhouses, but here are 12 maple producers opening their doors this weekend that I highly recommend.
Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington.
65 West Road
North Chittenden, Vermont
Why: Enjoy a gorgeous setting on a farm established in 1918.
1090 Cochran Road
Why: Taste syrup produced by Vermont’s legendary Olympic family.
2083 Depot Street
Manchester Center, Vermont
Why: A lovely sugarhouse located next to an excellent produce market.
Bragg Farm Sugarhouse
Route 14 North
East Montpelier, Vermont
Why: Sample some tasty syrup and visit their terrific gift shop.
Green Mountain Audubon Center
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Why: A magical place your kids will love exploring.
Branon Family Maple Orchards
539 Branon Road
Why: Set on 1,000 acres in Fairfield, these maple producers tap more than 68,000 maple trees for sugaring season.
Merck Forest & Farmland Center
3270 Route 315
Why: Walk to the sugarhouse on a dirt road, visit farm animals, and explore trails.
Solar Sweet Maple Farm
3841 South Lincoln Road
Why: A beautiful sugarhouse powered entirely by solar panels.
591 Sugarbush Farm Road
Why: Sample maple syrup and Vermont cheese at the end of a country road.
1168 County Road
Why: Burr Morse is a local legend.
Palmer’s Sugar House
332 Shelburne-Hinesburg Road
Why: Enjoy sugar-on-snow, maple popcorn, cider, donuts, and some excellent live music.
Bread Loaf View Farm
564 Cider Mill Road
Why: They offer a terrific sugarhouse tour.
For more information, visit vermontmaple.org.