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A Sweet Antidote to Cabin Fever

Maple trees tapped in East Montpelier. Photo by Carla Occaso.
You can’t hike because the trails are too muddy. You can’t ski or skate because there isn’t enough snow or ice. So what can you do? Slurp freshly boiled maple syrup. 

This is maple sugaring season. I remember as a young girl growing up in East Montpelier, mud season and Town Meeting Day also meant my neighbors (long since moved away) were boiling in their sugar shack set back from what is now Sparrow Farm Road. My family would walk through the mud for some sugar on snow with doughnuts and pickles, along with other neighbors. It was just what people did. But now it is mostly a commercial venture, and this area has several nice maple sugar enterprises ready to welcome visitors this time
of year.

East Montpelier is known for Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and Bragg Farm Sugarhouse and Gift Shop — each on opposite sides of town. Morse Farm has been operating for generations as has Bragg Farm. Hours at Morse Farm are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily where you can get a tour of the sugar house and watch a video about the history and process of making maple syrup. Bragg Farm also has a maple syrup video presentation and plenty of syrup and maple candy on display, open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Both places also have maple creemees, a gift shop and lots of parking. Morse’s is located at 1168 County Road, East Montpelier. While Bragg’s can be found at 1005 VT-14 North, East Montpelier.

Another maple operation is Silloway Maple located just south of Montpelier in Randolph. They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. They offer free tours and samples year-round and you can buy syrup, sugar, and candies in the store. Owner Bette Lambert can also be found at the Capital City Farmers Market selling maple syrup and other items. Silloway Maple is located at 1303 Beaudro Road, Randolph.

2024 Governor’s Tree Tapping

This year Governor Phil Scott will kick off the season on March 11 at the Buck Family Maple Farm in Washington, Vermont. The Buck family started sugaring about 25 years ago, according to their website. They are located at 528 North Sargent Road, in Washington. The governor’s tree tapping ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Maple Sugar Open House

The 2024 Maple Sugar Open House Weekend is happening March 23 and 24. During this time visitors will likely be offered pancake breakfasts, sugar on snow and maybe even sleigh rides at sugar houses around the state. More information about Maple Sugar Open House Weekend can be found at vermontmaple.org.