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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

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

Bushee Family Maple Farm
232 Quarry Hill Rd
Danby, VT 05739

Cross Road Sugar Co
867 Cross Road
Ira, VT 05777

Green's Sugarhouse
1846 Finel Hollow Road
Poultney, VT 05764

K&S Ruane Maple Sugar Farm
128 Mountain View Road
Tinmouth, VT 05773
Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse
Shrewsbury, VT 05738
802-492-3653 or 888-486-9460

New England Maple Museum
4878 US Rt 7
Pittsford, VT 05763

Papa John's Sugar Shack
221 Healdville Rd
Mt Holly, VT 05758

Smith Maple Crest Farm LLC
2450 Lincoln Hill Rd
Shrewsbury, VT 05738

Sugar & Spice Restaurant & Gift Shop
43 Rt 4 East
Mendon, VT 05701

Wood Family Sugarhouse
552 Thrall Rd
Poultney, VT 05764

Windsor County

Double Diamond Sugar House
1193 Ski Tow Rd
Brownsville, VT 05037

Eb Kinney Jr & Son
3539 Rte 44
Brownsville, VT 05037

Edmunds Maple Hill Farm
1141 Mt. Hunger Rd
Barnard, VT 05031

Elm Grove Farm
3655 Cloudland Rd
Pomfret, VT 05091

Green Mountain Sugar House
820 Rte 100N
Ludlow, VT 05149

Lockerby's Sugarhouse
666 Old Stage Rd
Chester, VT 05143

Maple Knoll Farm
1678 Connecticut River Rd
Springfield, VT 05156

Mitch's Maple
2440 Green Mtn Turnpike
Chester, VT 05143

Mom & Pop's Vermont Maple Syrup
3425 Brandon Mtn Rd
Rochester, VT 05767

Orchard Hill Farm
56 Orchard Hill Way
S. Woodstock, VT 05071

Richardson Family Farm
18 Richardson Rd
Woodstock, VT 05091

Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd
Woodstock, VT 05091

Top Acres Farm
1390 Fletcher Schoolhouse Rd
So Woodstock, VT 05071

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