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Vt. maple syrup runs early due to warm spring weather

Due to the unseasonably warm weather during the peak of the sugaring season, syrup makers are predicting a less-than-stellar output this spring.

Last year Vermont's syrup production exceeded 1.1 million gallons, the first time in more than 70 years that it topped the 1 million-gallon mark.

"We expect to have another good year of maple syrup production," said Bill Clark, a sugarmaker in Rutland County. "The weather this year is reminiscent of the 1949 season when trees were tapped as early as Valentine's Day."

To get the sap flowing from maple trees to make syrup requires below-freezing nights followed by warm days. But those conditions arrived early in many areas this year, prompting an early start to the season that is also coming to an early end. Most of the research shows that once temperatures hit 60-degree three days in a row the sap run is pretty well over.

Vermont has been the top syrup-producing state since 1976. Last year's production was nearly double that of the No. 2 state, New York, which produced 564,000 gallons. Vermont has more than 50 percent more maple taps than New York.

There are approximately 2000 maple producers in Vermont.

Although the quantities of sap may not be as large as last year, the syrup that is being produced is of high quality, Vermont maple makers say.

More information about all of the participating maple syrup producers including which of the two days they will be open and directions to their sugarhouses can be found on www.vermontmaple.org



Vermont Maple Open House Weekend March 24-25

The Eleventh Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 24 and 25, 2012. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more "sugarhouses" throughout the state to learn about Vermont's first agricultural crop of the year.

Activities during this statewide event will be different at each sugarhouse but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and to often sample syrup and other maple products.



Rutland County

Baird Farm
65 West Road
Chittenden, VT 05763
802-483-2963
www.bairdfarm.com

Bushee Family Maple Farm
232 Quarry Hill Rd
Danby, VT 05739
802-293-5037
www.vermontmaplesweets.com

Cross Road Sugar Co
867 Cross Road
Ira, VT 05777
802-235-2747
www.VermontFancy.com

Green's Sugarhouse
1846 Finel Hollow Road
Poultney, VT 05764
802-287-5745
www.greenssugarhouse.com

K&S Ruane Maple Sugar Farm
128 Mountain View Road
Tinmouth, VT 05773
802-446-3105
Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse
Shrewsbury, VT 05738
802-492-3653 or 888-486-9460
www.vermontel.com/~knsh

New England Maple Museum
4878 US Rt 7
Pittsford, VT 05763
802-483-9414
www.maplemuseum.com


Papa John's Sugar Shack
221 Healdville Rd
Mt Holly, VT 05758
802-259-7800
www.papajohnssugarshack.com

Smith Maple Crest Farm LLC
2450 Lincoln Hill Rd
Shrewsbury, VT 05738
802-492-2151
www.smithmaplecrestfarm.com

Sugar & Spice Restaurant & Gift Shop
43 Rt 4 East
Mendon, VT 05701
802-773-7832
www.vtsugarandspice.com

Wood Family Sugarhouse
552 Thrall Rd
Poultney, VT 05764
802-287-9249


Windsor County


Double Diamond Sugar House
1193 Ski Tow Rd
Brownsville, VT 05037
508-479-4950
www.ddsugarhouse.com


Eb Kinney Jr & Son
3539 Rte 44
Brownsville, VT 05037
802-484-7847


Edmunds Maple Hill Farm
1141 Mt. Hunger Rd
Barnard, VT 05031
802-234-9401


Elm Grove Farm
3655 Cloudland Rd
Pomfret, VT 05091
802-457-3888
www.elmgrovefarm.com


Green Mountain Sugar House
820 Rte 100N
Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-7151
www.gmsh.com


Lockerby's Sugarhouse
666 Old Stage Rd
Chester, VT 05143
802-875-2430


Maple Knoll Farm
1678 Connecticut River Rd
Springfield, VT 05156
802-885-1688
www.mapleknollfarmvermont.com

Mitch's Maple
2440 Green Mtn Turnpike
Chester, VT 05143
802-228-5242


Mom & Pop's Vermont Maple Syrup
3425 Brandon Mtn Rd
Rochester, VT 05767
802-767-3731
www.momandpopsmaple.com


Orchard Hill Farm
56 Orchard Hill Way
S. Woodstock, VT 05071
802-457-1543
www.orchardhillfarm.net


Richardson Family Farm
18 Richardson Rd
Woodstock, VT 05091
802-457-1225


Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd
Woodstock, VT 05091
802-457-1757
www.sugarbushfarm.com


Top Acres Farm
1390 Fletcher Schoolhouse Rd
So Woodstock, VT 05071
802-457-3779

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