From tap to table, the maple syrup process is truly fascinating, if not magical. We have written a collection of articles about maple syrup, how to store it, and how it is made. We hope you enjoy the information and learn to love pure maple syrup as much as we do.

Pure Maple Syrup

FLAVORS OF PURE MAPLE SYRUP Whether it is floral notes, a butterscotch bouquet, or a hint of chocolate, the different flavors of pure unadulterated maple syrup are a delight for the senses. Our Maple Syrup Tasting Guide will help you navigate the unique flavors. read more

MAPLE SYRUP GRADES Maple syrup grades are based on color and flavor. The sugar content is always the same in the finished product, but they can look quite different from each other. Learn the science behind grading maple syrup. read more

FANCY MAPLE SYRUP Prior to 2015, Golden & Delicate maple syrup was officially known as Vermont Fancy maple syrup. To this day, any old-time Vermonter will call the lightest of syrups "Fancy", not the modern grade name "Golden and Delicate". read more 

VERY DARK MAPLE SYRUP Once shunned as not good enough to serve as table syrup, the darkest of syrups has grown in popularity due to its strong maple flavor. When you need that extra punch of maple flavor, this it the one reach for. read more

Storing Maple Syrup

HOW TO STORE MAPLE SYRUP To store maple syrup properly, refrigerate or freeze it after opening. Sometimes you may see mold on the top or crystals on the bottom, but don't despair; there are ways to save your syrup. read more

WHY USE GLASS BOTTLES FOR MAPLE SYRUP? Almost all maple syrup is sold in plastic jugs. However, glass is by far the best option to preserve the flavor and color of maple syrup. The reason why will surprise you. read more 

The Maple Sugarbush

TAPPING 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. read more

NATURAL VACUUM TO INCREASE SAP FLOW These systems use the weight of the maple sap in the tubing to create a vacuum at each tap hole in the maple trees. This helps to pull the sap out of the trees to increase production. read more

BIRD FRIENDLY MAPLE SYRUP Audubon Vermont’s Bird-Friendly Maple Project encourages the management of maple sugarbushes to create a diverse forest that improves habitat for songbirds. read more

Making Maple Syrup

WOOD-FIRED MAPLE SYRUP The term wood-fired maple syrup does not refer to an imparted flavor. Instead, it denotes the type of fuel used to create the fire that boils the maple sap. Wood-fired maple syrup is cooked over a wood fire. read more

HOW MUCH SAP DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE MAPLE SYRUP?  It can take anywhere from 20 to 100 gallons of raw maple sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. The sap sugar content is a big factor. Sweetening the pan also plays a role. read more

SWEETENING THE PAN Maple sugarmakers use the term “sweetening the pan” at the start of the season. The ‘sweetening’ of the evaporator happens during the year's first boiling of the raw maple sap. read more

REVERSE OSMOSIS AND THE MAPLE SYRUP INDUSTRY The traditional method to make maple syrup is to boil, boil, boil. In today’s modern sugarhouses, much of the work is done with a different process. read more

LIQUID GOLD? HOW MUCH DO MAPLE FARMERS REALLY GET PAID?  There are three types of markets for maple syrup: BULK, WHOLESALE and RETAIL. Factory farms are squeezing out the small family farms. read more