Know your maple syrup producer!
Among the many kinds of food producers you can meet in Vermont, the sweetest experience may be had by visiting a maple syrup producer (or “sugar maker”). During syrup season — timing depends on weather and location but it’s generally from February to April — it’s not hard to spot the “sugarhouses” throughout the state, because clouds of steam are billowing from their roof vents as the dilute maple sap is boiled down into maple syrup. Many sugar makers are open to the public during the syrup season and will explain the process as they work and offer a taste. And nothing is as good on pancakes as syrup you’ve bought right where it was made.
Please visit the site of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association to find maple syrup producers to visit, get to know, and learn from! Each year the association holds a Maple Open House Weekend in late March. At other times of the year, check the association’s map of sugar makers open all year.