Vermont Maple Facts
Vermont has an ideal climate
for growing sugar maple trees; an ideal climate for good sap flow; and a syrup making
know-how which has been handed down from generation to generation. An air of romance
associated with this long established industry calls back many people each year to hear
the roar of the raging fire, to inhale the sweet aroma of the boiling syrup, and to
partake of the unmatched flavor of Vermont maple syrup.
Forty years are required to grow a maple tree large enough to tap. A tree ten inches in
diameter is considered minimum tappable size for one tap. For each additional six inches
in diameter, another bucket (tap) may be added. It takes 4-5 taps to produce enough maple
sap (approximately 40 gallons) to produce one gallon of syrup. The normal maple season
lasts 4 to 6 weeks, sometimes starting as early as February in southern Vermont and
lasting into late April in northern Vermont.
Vermont has a strictly enforced maple grading law controlling standards of density, flavor
and color. The grade of maple syrup must be plainly and correctly marked on each
container, along with the name and address of the producer.
Vermont's law requires syrup to be free from any preservatives or other additives. Pure
Vermont maple syrup is an excellent source of organic sugar.
Vermont maple syrup is made into pure maple sugar, maple cream and maple candies. These
pure maple products are made by evaporating more water from pure maple syrup and
controlling the crystallization process during cooling.
The tourist industry has had a very positive impact on maple marketing, and maple products
are presently being shipped to countries all over the world.
Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States, producing about 37
percent of the total U.S. crop in 2000. Every county in Vermont produces some maple syrup.
It is estimated that we have around 2,000 maple producers in the state. In 2000, those
producers made an estimated 460,000 gallons of maple syrup, with a value of approximately
Production varies from year to year, with the weather playing an important role.