Websterville, VT, June 1, 2004—–Sugaring occurs in the late winter and lasts until early spring. The end of January marks the official start to sugaring season. Sugarmakers throw on their snowshoes and trek through their sugarbushes to perform the arduous task of tapping their maple stand. Year after year, new taps need to be placed in the trees. At Highland Sugarworks they place 8,500 taps throughout their 140-acre, organic sugarbush.
A lot of snowshoeing takes place throughout the Northeastern woods of North America in January and early February. And it is pretty darn cold in these parts. Brrrton, Highland Sugarworks wonderful bear, filled with delicious pure maple syrup, celebrates the hard work of the sugarmaker. His knit cap and his snowshoes are not an uncommon sight. In fact, they are necessary. There can be many feet of snow in which the Sugarmaker needs to tromp around from tree to tree. While you cannot tap your trees in extraordinary cold temperatures, it’s still very cold, and very much winter here in the northeast.
Pure maple syrup is one of nature’s finest treats. It takes 40 gallons of sap to create one gallon of syrup! The long days spent on snowshoes while tapping the trees, followed by the long nights of boiling your sap to syrup, define sugaring season. It is about tradition, farming, hard work, and nostalgia—it’s maple syrup season. Vermont had a banner crop this year. The flavor of this year’s crop is a good as it gets. Brrrton is available in Highland Sugarworks finest grade A medium amber pure maple syrup, he weighs 16.9-oz. (Shhhhh, he is a bit shy about his weight.) Oh, and the knit hat makes a perfect ornament!
Founded in 1986, Highland Sugarworks consists of an 8,000 tap sugaring operation in Starksboro, Vermont and a bottling facility in Websterville, Vermont. They carry the finest pure maple syrup available as well as a line of all-natural baking mixes. For more information on Highland Sugarworks visit them online at www.highlandsugarworks.com, and be sure to peek at their wonderful slide show on sugaring. Yes, you’ll see the tapping crew are all in snowshoes!