Updated March 13, 2019/Main Photo of Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm
The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend on March 23-24, 2019 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. As the nation’s leading maple-producing state, Vermont maple syrup production has tripled in the past decade, from an average of 600,000 gallons per year in the late 2000s to about 1.8 million per year now. Since 2013, Vermont producers have installed 1.2 million new taps. That takes a lot of sap (in fact, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup).
About 100 maple producers will participate in Maple Open House Weekend festivities. While I haven’t been to all 100 sugarhouses, here are 13 maple producers that I know and and love.
Explore these Sugarhouses During Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
-Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington.
65 West Road
North Chittenden, Vermont
Why: Enjoy a gorgeous setting on a farm established in 1918.
Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm
256 Falls Brook Lane
Why: This family operation boils sap in one of the prettiest sugarhouses around.
1090 Cochran Road
Why: Taste syrup produced by Vermont’s legendary Olympic family.
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.
Silver Lake Syrups
5613 Stage Road
Why: This new sugaring operation produces maple syrup, dandelion syrup, rhubarb syrup, elderflower syrup, and caramelized spruce tip syrup.