March 11, 2009
Visitors are welcome at sugarhouses all over Vermont
The Eighth Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 27-29, 2009. 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. Activities during Open House Weekend will be different at each sugarhouse but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and to often sample maple products.
“Maple sugaring is a rich part of Vermont’s identity and heritage,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “The Maple Open House Weekend is a quintessential Vermont event that celebrates this timeless tradition.”
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. “There is nothing sweeter than visiting a local sugar house. From the tree to the table, you’ll see firsthand why Vermonters make the finest maple syrup in the world,” said Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee.
Maple season in Vermont is a special time when maple producers all around the state collect sap from sugar maples and boil it down to pure Vermont maple syrup. Steam billowing from sugarhouse roofs all around the state is a sign that sap is boiling.
Information about all of the participating maple syrup producers including which of the three days they will be open and directions to their sugarhouses can be found on www.vermontmaple.org or in the “2009 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.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has selected the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend as one of the “Top 25 Events for Kids”.
Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons or 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced in Vermont annually.
Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: March 11, 2009 16:46:22