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Maple Sugaring

The Sweetest Season

It usually begins in the second week of March, when the warming temperatures and the increasing daylight hours awaken the region’s forests, and the sap rises in the stately sugar maples. For the next handful of weeks, the region’s sugarhouses emit clouds of steam as the sap is boiled until the essence of its sweetness is revealed. It’s a time-honored tradition that’s quintessentially New England. 

Bucket collecting sap from a maple tree that has been tapped

Nature’s Magic

The process of making maple syrup begins when the sugar maker (the term for those who make maple syrup) drills a hole that’s approximately ½” in diameter and two-inches deep, into which she inserts a tap. The tap is essentially a faucet for sap, which either drips into a hanging bucket, or runs into tubing that carries it to the sugarhouse. From there, it’s all about applying enough heat to boil away the 40 gallons of water it takes to produce a single gallon of syrup. 

Make sure to see these trees come fall 

People inside a sugar house viewing the maple sugaring process

Stop by the Sugar House

Many New England sugar makers welcome visitors for a first hand look at the process. In Vermont, swing by the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, an eighth-generation family-owned sugarhouse just north of the state capitol of  Montpelier. In New Hampshire, The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem hosts visitors throughout the season. And over in Maine, the annual Maple Sunday Celebration takes place on the fourth Sunday in March, with sugarhouses throughout the state offering tours and tastings. 

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The Tiny King of Syrup

The tiny state of Vermont produces approximately 2.5 million gallons of maple syrup annually, which is equivalent to about half of the national harvest. No wonder Vermonters are so sweet. 

Sign for the Trapp Family Lodge Sugarhouse
Trapp Family Lodge

Some Sweet History

For an up close look at all things maple, check out the New England Maple Museum, in Pittsford, Vermont. Here, you’ll find maple-related antiques and folk art, as well as a gift shop stocked with pretty much every maple product known to humankind. You can also watch a simulated sap-to-syrup boiling process and have your photo taken beside the world’s largest maple syrup jug.

Looking for more New England history? It’s not hard to find 

Red maple leaves against a blue sky

Not Just for Pancakes

Sweet treats the sugar maple tree provides: 

  • Maple Creemees (you have to try one) 
  • Maple Beer (yes, there are numerous maple-flavored, New England-brewed beers)
  • Maple Butter
  • Maple Cotton Candy
  • Maple Popcorn
  • Maple Sugar on Snow 

And the list goes on… and on… 

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