March 04, 2011
The Tenth Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 19-20, 2011. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugarhouses” throughout the state to learn about Vermont’s first agricultural crop of the year. Activities during this free event will be different at each sugarhouse but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and too often sample syrup and other maple products.
As Vermont’s Senator Patrick Leahy stated, "Sugaring Season is unique to Vermont and is my favorite time of year. What could be better than to hit the back-roads as families across the state welcome visitors to sample our sweetest product" Some sugarhouses offer tours of their “sugarbushes” and some have special activities for children. No two sugarhouses are the same so people are encouraged to visit more than one.
Information about all of the participating maple syrup producers including whether they will be open for both days or one day, and directions to their sugarhouses can be found on www.vermontmaple.org or in the “2010-2011 Vermont Ski & Year-round Maple Syrup Guide” which can be picked up at any Vermont Welcome Center, or by calling the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing at 800-837-6668.
Vermont has approximately 2000 maple syrup producers and is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup with 890,000 gallons of syrup produced in 2010. Vermont maple syrup is 100 natural and contains antioxidants, calcium and other beneficial minerals. Recipes using maple syrup can be found on www.vermontmaple.org.
Source: Agency of Agriculture
Last Updated at: March 04, 2011 07:57:12