Sugar-on-snow party in Craftsbury

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Sugaring the old-fashioned way.  Photo by Tena Starr

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.

For more information, call the CCCC 586-2414 or visit www.craftsburycommunitycarecenter.org. — from the CCCC.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Industrial sugaring comes to Brighton

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Art by Brianne Nichols

Art by Brianne Nichols

copyright the Chronicle March 4, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

BRIGHTON — The days of making maple syrup to raise a little cash for property taxes have been gone for quite a while now. But an Island Pond sugaring operation getting ready for its first season could usher in a whole new era of industrial sugaring.

Sweet Tree, LLC, started and owned by a Connecticut-based investment firm, just finished tapping trees on 3,600 acres in Warren’s Gore and will be ready to fire up the steam-powered evaporators at the old Ethan Allen furniture plant in Brighton as soon as the weather breaks.

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Vermont leads nation in sugarmaking again

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Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle July 16, 2014 

by Natalie Hormilla

Vermont again led the nation in maple syrup production in 2014, according to a report by the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Vermont’s total production for this year was 1,320,000 gallons, about 42 percent of the total U.S. production of 3,167,000.

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Vermont sugarmakers turn to birch syrup

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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

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.

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