Sugar house tours and maple partnerships

Samples of this year’s syrup crop adorn the window at Yandow’s sugarhouse on Bradley Lane in Williston.

Annual Maple Open House weekend on tap

Vermont’s sugar makers open their doors to visitors Saturday and Sunday for the annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. A celebration of Vermont’s signature export, the two-day event will bring an estimated 30,000 visitors to the state, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association.

The weekend celebrates the current season’s crop of maple syrup and this year is expanded to include brewers and food-makers that support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in their ingredients.

Fireman, Ken Castonguay, stokes the fire at the Yandow sugarhouse.
Sweet steam rises from the sugarhouse stacks.

Visitors to sugar houses can expect a welcoming education in the process of making maple syrup from sap, as well as a look inside the work that goes into producing each jug. Other activities include sampling syrup, tours of the woods, pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sugar-on-snow parties and plenty of maple products to taste, including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees.

Some of the beverage and food producers participating this year will be Citizen Cider, Shacksbury Cider, WhistlePig Whiskey, Saxton’s River Distillery, Switchback Brewing Company and Lake Champlain Chocolates.

For more information about the weekend and to see the list of participating sugarhouses and partnering businesses, visit