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5 of the Best Vermont Maple Syrup Farms

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These are 5 of the best Vermont maple syrup farms in northern Vermont for you to visit this Spring

In no particular order, these are five of the best Vermont maple farms that you will find while driving around northern Vermont. To be fair, there are many others including some small, family farms such as the Thompson Family Farm in Colchester which is certainly one of the best! We will be expanding this article to feature more sugar makers in the future but for now, these truly are some of the best places to visit. An older article about Vermont maple sugaring and maple syrup can be found here.

Vermont Maple Syrup

Here are five of the Vermont maple syrup farms that offer a wide range of maple products, gifts and fun things to do for the entire family.

Best Vermont Maple Syrup Farms

Palmer’s Sugarhouse

Located in Shelburne, Vermont. Over 50 years running, Palmer’s Sugarhouse has been organizing special events during the maple season, offering free maple samples, selling traditional maple syrup on snow, entertaining listeners with live music and for scenic views of the Adirondack Mountains, providing a fun outdoor experience for children and adults.

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The secret behind Palmer’s Sugarhouse popularity is that it has a variety of maple products for all palates. You can take a tour and taste the different flavors of maple syrup, as well as sugar candy, sugar on snow, maple topped donuts and so much more. Sugar on snow events are set to begin March 5th through April 17th, 11 to 4. During the off season please call ahead at (802) 985-5054 for a scheduled tour.

Jed’s Maple Products

At the Jed’s Maple Maple Syrup Production business in Derby, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, they make use of thorough Organic Maple Syrup Production guidelines. They were also one of the first recipients involved in Audubon Bird Friendly Maple Program. Creating healthy forest habitats for nesting bird species is a perfect match with their woods philosophy.

The business has grown, but leading it to continue to be true to its reputation for quality, every and all the products are made in the Wheeler kitchen in the traditional way, just as if the family had been doing it for relatives and friends only. If you happen to find yourself in Vermont, the Wheeler’s family invites you to stop by – they’d love to show you around!

If I want to see maple syrup being made, when should I visit?
Maple Syrup is considered the first ‘crop’ of the year. Sugaring season is in early spring – usually late March or early April. We need nights below freezing and days above freezing to make the sap run. Please call or email Jed’s Maple Products for up to the date conditions, especially if you are traveling to see us.

They are open March 6 through mid April every Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4. Bring your boots and enjoy the outdoors, trails, etc.

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Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Visit the Morse Sugarworks a few miles on the outskirts of Montpelier, Vermont for walk-through tours, tasting, multimedia displays, a nature trail, an authentic country store, and outdoor activities on the grounds of a rural farm experience. Visit an outdoor Vermont farm life museum making up the Morse Farm experience. Sprinkled throughout the property, are whimsical carved folklife characters created by Burr Morse.

Morse Farm is open daily year round, but their hours do vary with the seasons.
June 12 – August 29 open 10 AM to 7 PM
August 30 – December 31 open 10 AM to 5:00 PM
New Years Day – June 11 open 10 AM to 5 PM

Goodrich’s Maple Farm

Nothing tastes better than the taste of True Vermont Maple Syrup. This is the most loved natural sweetener from the Green Mountains of the state. Checkout maple syrup and maple recipes at Goodrich’s Maple Farm Facebook Page.

A 40,000 tap operation. Enjoy free educational tours of the maple process & their sugarhouse. Bus tours welcome. Large groups welcome. Learn all about Vermont maple from their trees to your table. Gift shop, taster’s table. Retail, Wholesale & Mail order. Maple syrup, candies & confections. Local Crafts & Gifts. Conveniently located on US RT 2, in Cabot, VT, just minutes from other local Northeast Kingdom attractions. Handicapped accessible. Sugar on snow parties in season.

Bragg Farm Sugar House & Gift Shop

Visit their Maple Ice Cream Parlor, Gift Shop, and Tasting Table to view a great selection of Vermont items and specially selected maple products and cheese. Shop their retail gift shop and ice cream parlor.

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Vermont Maple Syrup Recipes

The following recipes are from the May 3, 1922, issue of the Orleans County Monitor:
Courtesy of the Vermont Northland Journal

Maple Candy
Two cups maple honey, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoonful soda, lump of butter half as big as an egg.
Boil until brittle when dropped in water and then take off and cool on plates. When cold, pull and cut up.

Maple Cream
Two cups of maple sugar, one-half cup of cream.
Let it boil until it hairs [forms threads off the side of the spoon] and then stir in one cup of nuts, butternuts
Pour into buttered tins and when nearly cold cut in squares.

Maple Sugar Fudge
Two cups of white sugar, one cup of maple sugar, two-thirds cup of sweet milk. Cook 12 minutes after it begins to boil. Remove from stove and add a piece of butter the size of a walnut and 1 cup of walnut meats. Stir until it thickens then pour into a buttered tin. When nearly cold cut in squares.

A Sweet Bit of History – Making Maple Syrup in Vermont

The following article is from the December 20, 1873, issue of the Essex County Herald:

Maple Sugar Making

The manufacture of Maple Sugar is an important interest to farmers in this vicinity, and the idea of making a superior article is getting to be of greater moment every year.

Now is a good time to think and get ready to act. The first requisite is neatness or cleanliness, in everything pertaining to the business.

Harvesting Maple Sap

In tapping the tree one-half inch hole is big enough, cut with an instrument that will cut as smooth and with as little bruising as possible so as to leave the grains open. As to the depth, the outside grains are the best, but the sap circulates freely so far as the wood is white some time during the season.

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To bore through to where the wood is colored is injurious. Some kind of spout or conductor with a small aperture fitting the hole nicely so as to make tight without marring the tree unnecessarily and prevent the hole from seasoning, which very quickly checks the flow of sap. Catch in wooden buckets, kept clean and sweet by washing and scalding. Tin buckets will make white sugar, but as the season advances sugar made from sap caught in tin buckets will have terribly repulsive and disagreeable taste, caused by the action of the sun on the tin. If one wishes to make a nice article be must gather often, even if sap runs slowly. Boil quickly in shallow pans with skimmer in hand; have a hand to stand right over it and give his or her whole attention to it, and you can have the sap in your boiling pan quite shallow and boil very rapidly, putting in cold sap often and skimming continually.

Boiling Maple Sap

Boil small batches, washing your boiling pan often. The heater with tubes is saving of wood, does the work rapidly, but boils in the scum and so colors the sugar. We prefer fine even threaded cotton cloth for strainer, running it through before it gets so sweet as not to go through readily.

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Now for some of the things we have to contend with. One of the worst is silex or silicia [silicic] acid, more or less pervading the sap as it comes from the tree, colorless and kept nearly so if you are particular; if careless, a black gritty substance on the boiling pan and in the sugar. This substance is not discernable till near the granulating point or very thick molasses. It can be got rid of in this state by settling. Another difficulty is the grit or dust blown from the bark and lichens on the trees, some of which will go through almost any filter or strainer; the remedy for this is skimming and settling.

Making Maple Syrup

Another thing to contend with is rinsing from maple bark in stormy weather, which not only colors but is better when it is very bad. I throw it away sometimes and sometimes boil it but do not put it into the market.
After all, sourness or acidity is the most troublesome thing in the manufacture of sugar to contend with. Washing and scalding are my remedies. Those using the patent evaporators, so far as I have been acquainted, come very short of making as white sugar as we are able to with the common pan. When the Vermont State Fair met at St. Johnsbury, the specimens presented there from the evaporator were decidedly inferior to what we are able to manufacture with common pan. Cooling and heating have a tendency to color the syrup.

If there is anything in the sap before it is boiled that can be filtered out, it is well to do so. If these few hints shall help anyone to improve the quality of their sugar the desired object of the writer will be gained.

Lunenburg, Vt., Dec. 15, 1873

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