When it comes to fresh Vermont maple syrup, the months of March and April can be critical to producing quality and quantities that make sugar makers successful. One of the most successful and well known VT maple syrup producers is Palmer’s Sugar House, which is located on Hinesburg Road in Shelburne. Although it’s not a huge operation, it’s a family run enterprise with all the traditional Vermont maple sugar house trappings, plus a few modern twists.
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It’s definitely quite a change from the old family sugar house with a couple of rough & tumble Vermonters, sipping a few beers, next to a boiling vat of maple sap.
Palmer’s sugar house is a bit larger than most with open fields, nearby woods and spectacular views in all directions. Added bonuses are horse drawn wagon rides by Paul Ruta of Cabot, a small petting zoo for the kids and acres of walking trails for folks of all ages. The sugar house is handicap accessible and very easy to find. On the weekend of March 28-29, 2015, the parking area was loaded with cars from all over New England. Owner, David Palmer mentioned that Saturday the 28th was their biggest day ever. It’s very clear that the Palmer’s are doing something right and carrying on a tradition started many years ago. David’s grandmother, Marjorie Palmer kicked the business into gear back in the 1940’s when she decided to tap trees and make her own sugar, due to a cane sugar shortage at the time. David Palmer senior, carried on that tradition, passing it on to his son David, who now enlists most of his family to carry on his dad’s legacy.
Palmer’s sugar house is open for the season during March and April but we recommend that you check out their website to verify the dates. It’s nice and warm inside with more maple syrup and maple sugar treats than you can imagine. Sugar on snow, maple cotton candy, donuts, maple cream and even crepes that are made fresh while you watch. Check out the photo gallery below or better yet visit Palmer’s Sugar House before the season is over. It literally is a “short and sweet” season!