Sugaring Season: A Look At Pure Vermont Gold

Every year near the end of February, the locals in Vermont take to the woods. It’s the beginning of maple sugaring season and one of the highlights of the year for lovers of this prized sweet syrup. A sap bucket attached to a maple tree in a forest, deep with snow.

Vermont is the United States’ leading producer of maple syrup, with more than 3,000 sugar-makers in the state and yearly production in the realm of two million gallons. Late February marks the beginning of sugaring season which continues through early April, with March being the prime time to visit. Plan a stay then at Maple Leaf Inn and you can visit our top local maple producer, Sugarbush Farm.

The 500-acre, family-run Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock is open to the public daily and offers a wonderful trip into the world of maple sugar. Start a visit by watching a short video for an overview of the farm and operation. Then you can walk out to the maple sugar woods and visit the tap house to learn how maple trees are tapped and how maple syrup is made. And just wait until you get a whiff of the smell—is downright intoxicating!

Sugarbush Farm has 6,000 trees that are tapped each spring, utilizing a team of Belgian draft horses to carry it to the sugarhouse where the sap is boiled down over a wood fire. A fun fact: it takes a whopping 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup!

Back at the farm store you can sample the four different grades of Sugarbush Farm Vermont syrup and learn what distinguishes each. In addition to the pure maple syrup, Sugarbush Farms also makes and sells maple sugar, maple sugar candy, and other maple products. You’ll also find a selection of the farm’s own delicious Vermont cheeses to sample. These are other food products are available at the store.

Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock, VY
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day)
Admission is free

With a name like Maple Leaf Inn, you know we’re big fans of maple syrup! Guests here enjoy it often on pancakes, French toast and our easy-to-make waffles. Schedule a trip during sugaring season and experience one of the most special times of the year in Vermont. Call today for a reservation—or book your stay online!

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