Maple Recipes: Anticipating Fall

Maple Recipes: Anticipating Fall

Maple recipes are anticipating fall by inclusion of seasonal staples like pumpkin, pork, root vegetables, nuts, and, of course, the apple! For our own Maple Sweetened Apple Butter, pictured above, cut 20 apples into eighths and place in a stock pot with 1 cup of apple...
Preserving with Maple

Preserving with Maple

If your garden is anything like ours, you are currently experiencing an overabundance of (a) cucumbers, (b) tomatoes, (c) hot peppers, (d) green beans, or (e) two or more of the above. (The plethora of zucchini goes without saying; shred them, freeze them, and stay...
How to Collect Maple Syrup Antiques

How to Collect Maple Syrup Antiques

Anyone who is keen on learning about or collecting maple syrup antiques should check out Virginia Vidler’s authoritative book on the subject: Sugar-Bush Antiques. Published in 1979, the book is way out of print, and contains some out-of-date pricing information....
2022 Maple Syrup Production by State

2022 Maple Syrup Production by State

Maple nerd alert! The USDA has released the 2022 maple syrup crop statistics and boy are they sweet. (Sorry.) What kind of a year was 2022 for professional sugarmakers? Where does your state rank in quantity of production? Read on to find out all about the 2022 maple...
Identifying Maple Trees in Spring and Summer

Identifying Maple Trees in Spring and Summer

We’ve previously named fall as an ideal time to identify maples. That’s because distinctive fall foliage helps to distinguish between sugar maples and red maples, which are often confused for each other. As it happens, even more features distinguish sugar...
Beyond Maple: How to Make Dandelion Syrup

Beyond Maple: How to Make Dandelion Syrup

Last weekend, compelled by a curious smell coming from the kitchen, I arrived there to find my teenage daughter engaged in that sincerest form of flattery: imitation. She, in fact, was in the process of turning the largest mound of dandelion petals I have ever seen...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Spring has sprung for maple producers and backyard enthusiasts alike. Here’s the latest on all things maple and backyard news! Maple News Maple news reports from the biggest maple syrup producing states and provinces are arriving at a brisk pace and are almost...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

And here we are, just winding down our DIY maple syrup making year. We’re hearing from many corners of sugar country that it was a banner one! But if you’ve finally had your fill of sugar on snow and fresh maple syrup on pancakes and waffles, here are some...
Cleaning and Storing DIY Maple Syrup Equipment

Cleaning and Storing DIY Maple Syrup Equipment

The season is over, and it’s time to pull your taps, and clean and store your DIY maple syrup equipment. Here are some tips! After you are finished making maple syrup for the year, it is time to clean and store your DIY maple syrup equipment. First, remove your taps...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

In some backyards, maple syrup making season is just getting underway, while in others, it’s wrapping up and time to think about other backyard pursuits. Here’s what’s going on in maple and backyard news now! Maple News While sugaring season is at an...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

Maple recipes for high sugaring season feature quick fuel for DIY maple syrup making! Here’s how to make your maple and eat it too! Breakfast! The most important meal of any day, expecially a day spent making maple syrup. Waffles are excellent fuel for a day of...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

We’re shoveling snow, sleeping, eating and shoveling more snow up here in Vermont. Here’s what’s on for maple and backyard news in other parts of sugar country. Maple News The world lost a beloved leader of indigenous rights earlier this year when...
Collecting and Storing Sap for DIY Maple Syrup

Collecting and Storing Sap for DIY Maple Syrup

The sap is running and your buckets are filling up! Time for maple sap collection and storing your sap in preparation for your first boil. Tips and tricks on collecting and storing sap for the DIY maple syrup maker ahoy! The weather is just right – freezing nights and...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

It’s that time of year again! DIY maple syrup making season has begun in many places. But it’s not as if we stop eating maple just because we’re tapping trees! Here’s how people are making their maple and eating it too in 2022. Maple in season?...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

A month’s worth of maple and backyard news, all packaged up for you!   Maple News It’s that time of the year! Our maple news bags runneth over. Let’s dive in! You may recall that December’s maple news was dominated by Canada’s...
The Health Benefits of Being in the Woods

The Health Benefits of Being in the Woods

Why we hobby maple syrup makers are so happy and fit! Ok, that may be overstating it a bit. Hobby maple syrup makers, like regular people everywhere, come in all fitness levels. But we are willing to wager that, as folks go, we’re still a healthier-and...
Resolution: Maple

Resolution: Maple

It’s almost 2022 and you’re looking for a healthy, natural, outdoor hobby to get you through to spring. Aren’t we all!? You’ve decided to try your hand at making your own maple syrup this year. Resolution maple! Excellent choice. Here’s...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

A maple-flavored holiday starts with the good stuff: 100% pure maple syrup! Are you ready for a maple-flavored holiday? Us too! Here are the recipes people are using to incorporate nature’s sweetest treat into their end-of-year holiday traditions this year! A...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

We’re foraging evergreens for seasonal decoration and working hard to fulfill holiday orders. What’s your maple and backyard news? Maple News The biggest maple news of the moment is this: there’s a maple syrup shortage. Did you know? Facing this...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

Maple Candied Pecans: Toast pecans in a cast iron pan over medium heat, stirring often, until frangrant and browning. While stirring rapidly, drizzle with maple syrup. Stir until all liquids have evaporated, take off the heat and continue stirring for one minute....
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Wet maple leaves carpet the floor of the sugarwoods. Rainboot weather is afoot! What’s your maple and backyard news? Maple News It’s National Native American Heritage Month, and maple people everywhere are taking notice.  An Ohio sugarmaker who turns...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

Maple Sweetened Apple Butter: Cut 20 apples into eighths and place in stock pot with 1 C apple cider; cook down until mushy. Put though seive or food mill to remove seeds, stems and skin. Put in slow cooker and mix in 1 C maple syrup, juice of 1 lemon, 2 tsp each...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

An outbuilding. A retired boat or two. And maple trees just starting to turn in the distance. That’s what’s happening in this backyard! What’s your maple and backyard news? Maple News Is maple syrup more sustainable than cane sugar? Apparently! Will...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

The first day of fall means it’s time to make and can Maple Tomato Jam. Combine in stock pot 5 lb. finely chopped tomatoes, 2 1/2 C maple syrup, 1/2 C lime juice, 1 tbsp sea salt, 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, 1 tbsp red chili flakes, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

The colors are slow to turn this year, but, soon, we’ll have a rainbow on the grass and in the trees! Maple News Fall approaches. And with it, at least this year, mapley happenings all across sugar country. Maple syrup workshops coming up in Kentucky, maple...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

Dill n’ Maple Fridge Pickles: Wash and slice cukes. Put the cucumbers, a dill flower, a peeled garlic clove and 2 tablespoons of maple sugar (or syrup) in a pint jar. Fill with white vinegar and refrigerate until snack time! This is not a drill. End-of-summer is...
Murder in the Maple Woods

Murder in the Maple Woods

Murder in the Maple Woods is a debut novel by Claire Ackroyd, a landscape designer and independent organic inspector from central Maine. Any lover of maple, mystery or Maine will enjoy this fast-paced murder mystery by debut novelist Claire Ackroyd! Where are the book...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

A backyard is the greatest escape! Maple News August is traditionally a slow-news month for maple, and 2021 does not dissapoint. (Or rather, it does . . .) Quebec producers have announced that they are adding 7 million new taps next year instead of 3 million. And the...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

The Spicy Maple Shrub: Simmer 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of seasonal fruit, 1/3 cup of maple syrup, one cinnamon stick and 1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes for 10 minutes. Strain, cool and serve over ice, or with selzer. Pairing maple syrup with fresh seasonal...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News It’s the waning days of COVID (she types, hopefully) and the supply chain is a fright. Will there be a maple syrup shortage? Yikes! These people say “yes.” Quebec is certainly thinking ahead: the province plans to add 3 million more taps...
Maple Recipes

Maple Recipes

House Maple BBQ Sauce: Mix two parts maple syrup, two parts ketchup and one part apple cider vinegar. Add Worcestershire sauce and cayenne or red pepper flakes to taste. Enjoy! Ahh, eating in the summer. It’s light. It’s fresh. And it can certainly be...
What is “Bird-Friendly” Maple?

What is “Bird-Friendly” Maple?

Audubon Vermont, the State of Vermont, and Vermont Maple Sugar Makers have teamed up to make Vermont’s working forests prime songbird habitat. The result: Bird-Friendly Maple! If you pay attention to the news about what folks are doing in their backyards these days...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News The numbers are in from the Northeast Region Maple Syrup Report, and national maple production in the United States was off 17% in 2021, and 21% off in Vermont, our top maple producing state (New York, Maine, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire ranked second...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News Us: “Internet, are you hungry?” Internet: “I could eat!” Maple continues to feel the online recipe love this month. Ready to refresh your cooking? Check out these new ways to eat maple. In the morning, choose Citrus Cream Cheese...
Maple: The New Urban Tradition

Maple: The New Urban Tradition

When you think of Philadelphia, you don’t think of maple syrup. Right? Cheese steaks and scrapple, sure!  (Also, Rocky and the Liberty Bell.) But not maple. There’s now a chance that might change, thanks to the creative ingenuity of folks in...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Backyard sugar house in spring. Maple News It’s May. So as far as maple news goes, it’s mostly about slathering that fresh harvest on something and eating it! Start strong and sweet with Cornflake Crusted French Toast, Apple Pie French Toast, Campfire...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Spring rain brings red maple buds to the forest floor. Maple News The seasonal wrap ups are wrapping up for the year. Vermont sugarmakers report yielding only 40% to 70% of an average crop, and the story sounds much the same in Quebec, where, despite there being...
Maple News

Maple News

Wild leeks, also called ramps, just coming up at the base of a maple tree. When the ramps come, the sugaring season goes. We’re calling it: 2021 is the year of the DIY maple syrup maker! From Missouri to Prince Edward Island, from Minnesota (also here and here)...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News Maple news is pouring in from all over maple country. Rhode Island (state tree: Sugar Maple) has seen its season come and go, as has Connecticut (where maple syrup is hailed as the state’s first agricultural product). The season was short and sweet,...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News And, we’re cookin’! Maple syrup production is officially in full swing across the United States and Canada! In some places, producers report that the season started early this year, while in other places, folks say their areas got a late start....
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News At long last! Sugaring season opens across the country, and it’s a snowy one! The steam is rising from sugar houses in New Hampshire, the ceremonial first tree-tapping is scheduled in Wisconsin, and people are coming together from different walks of...
Maple and Backyard News

Maple and Backyard News

Maple News It’s getting to be that time of year! Time to learn how to make maple syrup (at least virtually), visit local sugar houses, and try a maple-flavored craft beer styled after Bernie Sanders’s now-iconic mitten-pose (“S’mitten...
DIY Maple Syrup: When to Tap

DIY Maple Syrup: When to Tap

How not to miss your maple-syrup-making window! You’re going to make maple syrup this year, and don’t want to miss your window. You’ve got all your tools and equipment ready. (If you don’t check out our new line of DIY maple syrup supplies!)  But you don’t know when...
(Stress) Baking with Maple Syrup

(Stress) Baking with Maple Syrup

Oy! The pressure. Good thing there’s baking. And good thing there’s maple. Here’s how to substitute maple syrup for other sweeteners. Stress-bake away! Hummingbird cake, a southern delicacy, shown here made with maple instead of honey, frosted with maple buttercream...
True Crimes of Maple

True Crimes of Maple

Inside the sweet world of syrup, a picture of crime emerges . . . Burglary, vandalism and heists, oh my! The hidden world of maple crimes, revealed. Maple Police Blotter Fraud – Vermont, July 3, 2020: Police have charged Richard Blackmer, 38, with dozens of charges...
Maple: America’s Indigenous Sweet

Maple: America’s Indigenous Sweet

This Independence Day, recall the uniquely American history of our favorite, independant, homegrown sweet! First developed by the native peoples of North America, maple has always been an important food source in this country. It has also been a symbol of, and vehicle...
Our COVID Promise

Our COVID Promise

File under “Boring but Important” if you must, but here’s what we’re doing to keep ourselves – and you – safe! As businesses reopen around our state and yours, know that our level of commitment to doing things the safe, right and responsible way has never wavered....
Six Recipes for a Maple Cocktail Hour

Six Recipes for a Maple Cocktail Hour

Apparently, cocktails have been around forever, and, while the popularity of cocktails has waxed and waned, fancy-boozy-drinks are currently very much on the rise. All three of these things can also be said for the—timeless, enduring and currently-in-vogue—taste of...
Maple School: Maple Syrup Story Hour

Maple School: Maple Syrup Story Hour

Children’s literature on maple syrup making is prolific, varied, and fun. Here are some great titles for a maple syrup story hour for the youngest maple lovers in your life! Children’s literature on maple syrup making is prolific, varied, and fun.  We highly recommend...
DIY Maple Syrup: A Sugar Maker’s Glossary

DIY Maple Syrup: A Sugar Maker’s Glossary

You’ve started making your own maple syrup, but are still a bit stymied by some of the maple lingo out there. We offer a sugar maker’s glossary for your edification! A “spile,”  pictured here, is a plastic or metal spout that channels the sap from the maple tree into...
Something to Read: Giving a Book about Maple

Something to Read: Giving a Book about Maple

Books make great gifts for maple lovers of all ages! At gift-giving time, my coworker and sister-in-law Nikki has a mantra: “something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.” I like it. It offers a limiting principle for those who...
Sweet Company

Sweet Company

How Vermont Evaporator is kind, responsible and thankful in business. Hi. We’re Nikki and Kate. We manufacture and sell backyard maple syrup making equipment for regular people. We help families get into their woods and make something delicious together. We feel good...