Scott Blanchard and his family tap about 400 trees on their property in Washington, Vermont. Surrounded by fields and forests, the former horse barn has been converted to a sugarhouse with plenty of room for friends and family to gather during the spring sugaring season. They typically have a dozen or more folks helping out during the boiling. When the sap is running, the calls go out and everyone shows up to visit and craft liquid gold after the long winter. From splitting wood to bottling syrup, people work together to fill their role in the sugarhouse and they make an impressive amount of syrup from the relatively small evaporator.

feeding the fire at The Sugar Barn
Scott Blanchard at his Sugar Barn maple syrup sugarhouse
tasting the maple syrup at The Sugar Barn

When he's not crafting syrup, Scott is a carpenter. He finds his peace cutting and splitting firewood for his own use and for sale to neighbors. After recently acquiring more land that abuts their property, Scott will be building a new home for himself and his wife Nancy next year. One of their two daughters will be living in the house next to The Sugar Barn. The new land came with more sugar maples, so maybe there will be even more maple syrup in the family's future!

tapping Vermont maple trees at The Sugar Barn in Washington, VT
bottling up some Vermont maple syrup for family and friends
The Sugar Barn in Washington, Vermont for making pure maple syrup