Can you see it? Hear it? Smell it? TASTE IT? It’s sugaring season in the Northeast. The official flavor of Vermont is Vermont Maple Syrup!
According to Mark Isselhardt, University of Vermont Extension Maple Specialist, Vermont leads the nation in syrup production. These green mountains and their sugar makers produced “just over 50 percent of all the syrup in the US.” 2020 was a good year for sugaring. Mark said, “The weather cooperated with March being a bit warmer than average and April remaining cool enough to prevent tap holes from being plugged with microbial growth. We saw the largest crop produced in 80 years.”
My friend Craig runs his home-grown sugaring love affair up in Shelburne, Vermont. He must be busy as all get out these days in his beautiful sugar house. My family thinks he makes the best syrup. It tastes like maple tree and earth and sky and sun. It tastes like Vermont.