"Some Years Are Better Than Others"
The arrival of spring for many local drivers can be daunting as the famous Vermont dirt roads become an all-terrain, off-roading gauntlet, and the challenge for commuters is to stay out of the muddy and sometimes swampy ruts. While Mud Season may be the worst part of Spring in Vermont, it does have its silver-, or rather, golden-lining: Maple Sugar Season! A Vermonter's favorite Season!
While Canada may produce more gallons of maple syrup, Vermont is the leading producer here in the United States. A Google Maps Search in the Woodstock, Pomfret, Barnard, and Bridgewater, Vermont areas, will only find a handful of maple syrup farms. If you dare challenge your driving abilities to take a look for yourself, you will find sight and smell of hundreds of small operations boiling long hours throughout the night to produce their golden delicious product. It takes 40 gallons of sap from the "Sugar" Maple Tree to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup. This translates to a lot of hard work!
The best part of the maple sugar season if you don't have a sugar house of your own, or know someone who does, there is still somewhere for you to go and enjoy the experience! It is a #Foodie breakfast dream! Some sugar houses have a restaurant where they serve breakfast, with their fresh made product, while they are sugaring. The smell and taste are so memorable you will want to go back again and again! It is an experience everyone will enjoy. Caution! The wait times can be 1.5hrs-2hrs at times. Other times, like now, it can be months, because sugaring season arrives suddenly and ends abruptly, similar to its year-end counterpart, Autumn foliage.
An old proverb states, "Wind from the East, Sap runs the Least, Wind from the West, Sap runs the Best." Whether or not there is total truth to the cherished saying, the weather does play a key factor in the successful production of maple syrup. The temperatures need to be below freezing by night and above freezing by day.
Just remember, "When spring is here, Sugar season is near!"