True Vermont Experience: Sugaring

Max and Sam

Join in on the fun of sugaring with a fun spring family getaway! Involve the whole family in an experience that is timeless and will help your children better understand nature and it’s bounty. When you think of Vermont maple syrup, you think of sugaring, the process of making maple syrup. A time when the air starts to get warmer, snow is melting and spring is in sight. Long before that, the preparation for sugaring has begun. Here at Sterling Ridge, the chainsaws have been sharpened and the tracks have been put on the Ranger (a 4wd all terrain vehicle.) It’s time to head into the woods to check for fallen trees and branches on the sugar lines. Also packed along on the trip, is a power drill and hundreds of spouts to keep your sugaring pouch filled. The process of “tapping” in Vermont begins visiting each and every maple tree, 5000 total for Sterling Ridge! Did You Know? – About one of every four trees in Vermont is a maple. – The greater the sugar content of the sap, the less sap it takes to make syrup. – The maple industry in Vermont yields about $15 million in direct sales each year. – The economic impact of maple in Vermont is over $226 Million annually. – Maple sap contains only between 1% to 7% sugar, averaging about 2.5% sugar. Taken from Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill, VT http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc/

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