Vermont's Liquid Gold is About to be Tapped! The Sweet Season is on its way!
Don't you just adore that iconic red and black checked shirt of the gentleman testing his syrup???? Love, love, love it!!!! I have my own red and black shirt, scarf, gloves and hat ready to go!!!!
Anyways, I've been craving the sweet stuff for weeks now in preparation for my sugar house visits in CT and MA where they will be boiling a few weeks earlier that our northern friends in VT and NH. So far, I've had my Corse Farm syrup (Whitingham, VT) on Cabot plain yogurt (looks like sugar on snow as I pile it on!), cream of wheat and yes, vanilla ice cream. How about right out of the bottle???? We recently went to a sugar house in lower SW MA for our first official pancake breakfast but alas, not boiling yet due to weather conditions. A bit disappointed but understood. However, the breakfast was divine with LOTS of syrup on pancakes and sausage. We sat right next to the wood stove overlooking the cross country trails and later took a lovely drive through the back roads. Just divine! I still have two bottles of syrup purchased at last year's Dorset Farmer's Market during my VT foliage vacation and can't wait to open them! And I still haven't started this year's adventures!
What I love the most about visiting Vermont's sugar houses is not only the tasting/buying of their finished products, but it is their pride and delight shared with visitors when they showcase their sugaring process. I feel like family as soon as we enter the facilities. Moreover, the comradery shared with their fellow sugar makers is so special! Maple sugaring season is such a festive event, I can never get enough of it all. As I mentioned before, it comes close to foliage season at the top of my list! Last year we hit 6 sugar houses in one day in Whitingham's maple weekend (link to come, same time as the official open house weekend). I tasted every grade in each of the sugar houses and then some (maple ice cream, maple covered nuts, maple shakes, maple candy, maple cream, maple cookies and my latest and most epic new maple taste, sugar on snow! Wow, now that was amazing! And a pickle and doughnut to top it off! Needless to say, I didn't touch anything maple related for at least a week, well maybe to be honest, a few days!
I hope you all can visit your local sugar houses as the sweet season is taking hold very soon. Sugaring season heralds in the arrival of spring and I for one, am VERY READY!
Stay tuned for more updates! Cheers! CT