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Maple production nears historic levels

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copyright the Chronicle June 28, 201   by Tena Starr   Although maple sugaring in Vermont has grown at a startling rate in the past decade, it still hasn’t reached pre1935 levels, at least in terms of the number of trees tapped. That’s according to the U.S. De... More »

Study examines how maple trees fare tapping

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copyright the Chronicle June 14, 2017   by Tena Starr   The Proctor Maple Research Center in Underhill has launched a first-of-its kind study. It’s looking at the long-term effects of tapping a maple tree. Like others, Derby sugarmaker Steve Wheeler said he wa... More »

Is there too much syrup?

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copyright the Chronicle May 18, 2016 by Tena Starr It’s been a banner year for maple syrup – by many accounts the best in the history of the business. For many sugarmakers that means it’s also a profitable year.  Although the price of bulk syrup is down somewh... More »

Sugarmaking turns into big business

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copyrigh the Chronicle April 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Trail Sugarmaking has turned into big business in Vermont. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vermont sugarmakers made 1.3 million gallons of syrup in 2015, more than double the 500,000 gallons pr... More »

Sugaring is off to a very early start

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copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph Temperatures 15 to 20 degrees higher than normal have led to an unusually early start to the sugaring season this year. Sugarmakers who tapped early enough have already made syrup and say it’s... More »

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Sugaring season was short

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copyright the Chronicle April 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Trail Alfred Carrier and his son Alfred Carrier Jr., were among the last people in Orleans County still making maple syrup this past weekend. Many local sugarmakers report that they quit boiling early last we... More »

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Industrial sugaring comes to Brighton

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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 ush... More »

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Vermont leads nation in sugarmaking again

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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 pr... More »

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Vermont sugarmakers turn to birch syrup

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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.... More »