Bird-Friendly Maple Syrup

Bird-Friendly Maple Syrup

Audubon Vermont’s Bird-Friendly Maple Project encourages the management of maple sugarbushes that improve habitat for songbirds. By fostering a diverse forest, maple farmers can provide an environment that is more welcoming to birds as well as mammals and amphibians. 
collecting sap in the hills of Vermont

How Much Sap does it Really Take?

I cringe a little when someone states matter-of-factly that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. The answer to that question really depends on the sugar content of the sap which is highly variable. 
small diameter tubing is used for natural vacuum in maple sap collection systems

Natural Vacuum to Boost Maple Syrup Production

Natural vacuum describes the process of using gravity to create a vacuum at each tap hole in the maple trees. The weight of the maple sap in the tubing is ‘naturally’ pulled down by gravity which creates a vacuum in the top of the tubing system where the trees are. 
tapping maple trees in early spring in Vermont

Tapping Sugar Maple Trees

Here are some reasons why you should only put one tap per maple tree and not bother tapping the smallest maple trees. It may seem counterintuitive, but this will increase per tap yield and is kinder to the trees.
Sweetening the pans during maple syrup sugaring season

Sweetening the Maple Evaporator Pan

Maple syrup farmers, or sugarmakers, use the term “sweetening the pan”. A gradient of sugar created in the evaporator is established during the first boil of each season.

reverse osmosis takes the water out of maple sap to turn it into the delicious maple syrup we all want to eat

Reverse Osmosis and the Maple Syrup Industry

Reverse Osmosis and the Maple Industry Curious George learned the lesson the hard way: when the maple sap comes out of the tree, it tastes pretty m...
traditional maple syrup drawing off in sugarhouse

Liquid Gold?! How much do maple farmers really get paid?

There are three types of markets for maple syrup: BULK, WHOLESALE and RETAIL. Each market has its pros and cons in the dance between resource input and profit output; however, market consolidation is pushing out the small farms.  

firewood makes the best fuel for making maple syrup

What is "Wood-Fired" Maple Syrup?

Did you know that most maple syrup is made with evaporators that burn fossil fuels? Not our syrup! All syrup sold through Maple Farmers is wood-fired.