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'Fancy' that: Proposed changes in maple grading system meet some resistance

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



VERMONT — Proposed changes to Vermont’s maple syrup grading system are stirring up controversy in the sugaring community.

The changes, which would implement a new set of international grading standards that are consistent across state and national boundaries, are supported by those who feel it will make Vermont syrup more competitive on a bigger world stage. But others say Vermont’s already got the upper hand, and a change in labeling would not help the Vermont brand.

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Sugarmakers tap in early

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — In his 34 years of maple sugaring, Starksboro’s Dave Folino has encountered few winters like this one. With some local spotters noting temperatures soaring eight degrees above average last month and more than six degrees above average in December, the sap has been flowing steadily.

“It’s not really a winter,” said Folino. “It’s pretty much a perpetual sugar season.”

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Maple season: a sweet success

Posted on June 20, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — While Vermont’s heavy snows and chilly spring temperatures drove many local residents into a frenzy, maple sugarmakers across the state celebrated their sweetest year in almost a century.

Vermont took the maple cake once again, leading the nation in syrup production with a whopping 1.14 million gallons in 2011, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s 2.79 million gallons, according to figures released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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A traditionalist boils his last sap run of the season

Posted on April 14, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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NEW HAVEN — The chorus of spring peepers’ early season song marks the end of maple sugaring season. For many sugarmakers across the lower elevations of Addison County’s Champlain Valley, last weekend likely marked this sugar season’s final sap run.

“I’m boiling in the frog run,” bellowed George Crane over the roar of his wood-fire evaporator.

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