Vermont Maple Syrup Facts
VT Maple – Nature’s Heathful Sweetener
It’s just plain sweeter here in Vermont! And that is especially true during maple sugaring season – just ask any Vermont Maple Sugar Maker. Vermont’s maple trees herald the sounds of a sugaring new season, drip by drip. The maple trees are responding to nature and the sap begins to flow – when it does a wise Vermont Maple Producer knows to have his buckets ready and his lines all drawn and closed. Ask us about VT Maple Products or share your comments. To feature your Vermont business, contact us.
Vermont Maple Syrup Nutritional Facts
Robb Family Farm, 827 Ames Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 | 802-257-0163
Home of fine Vermont crafts. We produce the purest maple syrup you can find as well as a large assortment of fine hand-crafted treasures. Enjoy the scenic Vermont landscape and views from our shop. The Robb Family Country Shop is a family run business, consisting of a charming gift shop, farm events, mail order and baked goods by order. The shop is open throughout the year selling our own Vermont Maple Syrup, Vermont Maple Candy, Maple Syrup Party Favors, Gift Boxes, and Family Raised Beef. Sugarhouse Tours are offered year round.
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Green Mountain Sugar House, Rte 100N, Box 820, Ludlow, Vermont 05149
Our award winning maple candy is still being made and shipped daily along with our 100 % pure maple syrup. When you see the steam roll from the Green Mountain Sugar House, stop in and have a taste of the sweetest stuff on earth. Our red roofed sugar house, just steps away from the water's edge, is where we make everything from maple syrup to mouth-watering maple fudge. It's also a Vermont country gift shop. Make the Green Mountain Sugar House a planned stop whenever you're in the area... you'll be glad you did! Order online
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Sugarbush Farm, 591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock, VT 05091 | 800-281-1757
Sugarbush Farm is located on a 550 acre hilltop outside of Woodstock Village. Visitors watch cheese production, year round maple tours, sample Sugarbush Farm cheeses, Vermont Maple Products, local Honey, and other products. You can walk the nature trail, see farm animals, and best of all free admission. The farm is located 3 miles off US Route 4 on Hillside Road, across from the Taftsville Bridge, 3 miles east of Woodstock, VT. Sugarbush Farm Store is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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- Maple Syrup is a 100 % natural and organic product. To make maple syrup, water is removed from the sap, but nothing is added.
- Maple Syrup has the same calcium content as whole milk.
- Maple Syrup has only 40 calories per tablespoon, unlike corn syrup which has 60 calories per tablespoon.
- Maple Syrup is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
- Maple Syrup is good for you! Vitamins B2, B5, B6, niacin, biotin, and folic acid are present in Maple Syrup.
- Maple Syrup even contains trace amounts amino acids – the building blocks of protein!
- Several types of maples are native to New England, but the sugar maple (also called rock maple or hard maple) and the black maple are considered the best types for maple sugaring.
- Only a few places in the world have the right climate for sugar maples: New England, upstate New York, Michigan, the Maritime provinces, and southern Quebec and Ontario.
- Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state.
- The flavor of maple syrup, like that of other natural products, can vary from region to region and even from year to year.
- Usually maple trees are not tapped until they are at least 40 years old and 10-12 inches in diameter. As the tree’s diameter increases, more taps can be added (up to a maximum of four taps).
- When done properly, tapping does no permanent damage to the tree. Some maple trees have been tapped for over a hundred years
- Each tap will yield an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, producing about one quart of maple syrup. Or, to put it another way, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Real maple syrup is 100% natural and organic.
- Maple syrup and maple sugar are 100% fat free.
- The sugar content of sap averages 2.5 percent; the sugar content of maple syrup is at least 66 percent.
- Real maple syrup contains no preservatives. Opened containers of maple syrup should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer
- Maple syrup won’t actually freeze.
The Vermont Department of Agriculture administers stringent quality requirements on the making and selling of Vermont maple products. Every product sold is required by Vermont State Law to carry a label showing the grade of the syrup and the name of the producer.
Visit Vermont during its maple sugaring season, usually late February in the south to mid-April in the north, depending on the weather, to view firsthand the centuries-old process of boiling maple sap to produce the sweet, golden brew known around the world as Vermont Maple Syrup. A one-of-a-kind experience to be cherished always!
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