Maple Syrup & Vermont Cheddar - A Delicious Combo!

Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Vermont
Sunday, June 17, 2012

On our way to New Hampshire, we stopped at a small town in Vermont to visit Sugarbush Farms.  This is a real working farm where the sugar maples are sapped each year to make maple syrup, and real Vermont cheese (17 varieties!) are packaged.  The people who run the farm were so nice and answered all of our questions.  We were able to take a walk through the woods to see how the trees are sapped each year, and then visited the sugar house where the sap is boiled down to make syrup.  It takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup, and each tree produces about 10-20 gallons of sap per year. We also learned that the "grade" of the maple syrup is based on the time of season that the sap was gathered.  "Fancy" is a mild, light syrup that was tapped earlier in the season, Grade A Medium and Dark are all-around syrups, and Grade B is the heartiest and most-robust with a strong maple flavor which was tapped late in the season. 
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