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 […]

Welcoming the Vermont Spring Thaw

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in barn, Chittenden County, maple, Mud season | 4 Comments
Welcoming the Vermont Spring Thaw

The Vermont spring thaw is officially here (for now, anyway). After a long, cold, dark winter, temperatures have recently climbed well above freezing. On Wednesday, Burlington hit 50 degrees for the first time in 2015 (it was a good day). Other good news? These lovely spring temperatures have jump-started Vermont’s famous maple season. Producers typically […]