Sugaring the old-fashioned way. Photo by Tena Starr
The Craftsbury Community Care Center (CCCC) will host its annual sugar-on-snow party on Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
There will be plenty of local maple syrup to pour over snow, doughnuts, and pickles, too. The popular Chinese auction will feature delicious baked goods, everything from breakfast coffee cakes and muffins to the most decadent chocolate desserts.
This year’s raffle prizes are truly outstanding. They include a handcrafted eight-inch cherry salad bowl, a Blackwatch plaid flannel twin bed quilt, a gift certificate to Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville, and a selection of High Mowing seed packets.
Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5, and are on sale at CCCC.
Darrell Bussino (left) and Bucky Shelton have started a new kind of sugaring venture. They’re making birch syrup, which had a retail price last year of $78 a quart. Photo by Jeremy Dean
by Tena Starr
copyright the Chronicle April 30, 2014
GLOVER — A pair of Glover men may have found a new way to get money from trees — birch trees.
Longtime maple sugarmaker Bucky Shelton and a friend, Darrell Bussino, have teamed up and are making birch syrup. Its retail price is around $300 a gallon, and about the only significant source of it in the world, right now, is Alaska, which sells as much as it can make.
“It was an idea conceived by Darrell and I,” Mr. Shelton said on Monday. “He had an asset in some white birch, and I’d had this in the back of my mind.”
His daughter lives in Alaska, so he was aware of the birch syrup industry there, where he recently paid $20 for eight ounces at an Anchorage farmers market.