Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

“My great-grandmother started this farm in 1918. She ran a bed and breakfast out of the house and made maple syrup on the property. When my father was a boy, she introduced him to the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring. One of the things we love most about sugaring is being able to spend time […]

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just below the Race Trail at Cochran’s Ski Area […]

Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont

Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont

Kenn Hastings knows all about catching the “sugar bug.” A sugarmaker at Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, Hastings starting sugaring for a living 30 years ago. “There’s a love and passion that goes into being a sugarmaker,” says Hastings, 57. Hastings is one of several sugarmakers featured in Will Hanley’s short documentary film, The […]

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

On a thousand acres in Fairfield stand more than 68,000 maple trees tapped for sugaring season. The trees are part of Branon Family Maple Orchards, located in the heart of sugaring country in Franklin County, not far from the Canadian border. The Branons have been involved in maple production and agriculture for seven generations. Once […]

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

When maple season arrives in Vermont, I’m always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar operation owned by Middlebury College alums Churchill and Janet […]

A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm

A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm

  For Vermont’s annual Maple Open House Weekend, we decided to check out Solar Sweet Maple Farm in Lincoln. Owned by Tom and Rhonda Gadhue, the farm is an energy-efficient sugaring operation. The Gadhue’s stunning sugarhouse is made from recycled and energy efficient materials (the main building was moved from Jamaica, Vermont to Lincoln). The […]

Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham

Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham

The sap at Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham was boiling when we arrived on Saturday. Smoke and steam were billowing from the sugarhouse, and all I could smell was the sweet scent of maple. Dave and I decided to take a drive to this Addison County sugarhouse during Maple Open House Weekend, an annual […]

Maple Sugaring at Bragg Farm

Doug Bragg of Bragg Farm Sugarhouse is optimistic about this year’s maple season. The weather in Vermont is cooperating with freezing nights and warm, sunny days, and Bragg is already spending most his waking hours boiling sap in the sugarhouse. Bragg Farm is the only public sugarhouse in Vermont that still relies 100 percent on […]