Each spring, just as winter begins to loosen its grip and the wooded paths start to dry, we kick-off sugaring season here in Vermont. During this time, sugar makers diligently collect sap and boil it down until it thickens into maple syrup — the sweet, sugary goodness we all know and love.
It’s an exciting time for Vermonters, and an age-old process that speaks to the core of Green Mountain culture. Below, discover six Southern Vermont sugar houses producing some of the finest maple syrup in the country.
1. Robb Family Farm (Brattleboro, VT)
Situated on the outskirts of Brattleboro, Robb Family Farm has been in the sugaring business since 1920. This sixth-generation farm boils sap over a traditional wood-fired arch, selling three delicious grades of maple syrup in classic glass jugs. They also craft maple candy and ice cream in an on-site kitchen in an old milking barn.
2. Paradise Farm Sugarhouse (West Brattleboro, VT)
Maple cream, candies, and homemade pies are just a few of the sweet treats awaiting you at Paradise Farm Sugarhouse. The farm (including its 200-year old farmhouse) sits on 55 scenic acres along the banks of Whetstone Brook. During your visit, get a glimpse of the sap-boiling action and pick up some goodies at the farm’s country gift store.
3. Collins Tree Farm and Sugarhouse (Westminster West, VT)
Up in the rolling country landscapes of Westminster West, you’ll find the Collins Tree Farm and Sugarhouse set back from the dirt road, and nestled comfortably at the edge of a large open field.
The Collins family has an interesting backstory — the family purchased the land in 1936, planning to open a ski school there; a snow-sparse winter caused them to change course, however. Martin Collins developed an affinity for sugaring at the early age of five, and now taps over 4,500 maple trees each year at this whopping 200-acre farm.
While the Collins Tree Farm and Sugarhouse does not offer tours, the their pure Vermont maple syrup is available for purchase online.
4. Dwight Miller Orchards (Dummerston, VT)
As one of Vermont’s oldest sugaring operations, Dwight Miller Orchards has been producing pure maple syrup for eight generations (and counting). The Miller family also grows and harvests organic apples, among other orchard fruits, and makes fresh-pressed cider. May through October, the Miller family brings their goodies to the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market, so you can taste the magic without leaving town.
5. Bunker Farm Sugar House (Dummerston, VT)
Sap runs sweet in Dummerston, where The Bunker Farm runs several springtime tours and sugaring demonstrations at their sugarhouse. In addition to making wood-fired maple syrup, The Bunker Farm maintains a plant nursery and enough cows, pigs, and chickens to make Old MacDonald jealous.
The sugaring hype culminates in March with the annual Maple Open House Weekend (although depending on the weather, the season can extend into mid-spring), when many farms and sugar houses throughout Vermont give the public an inside look into the proud process of sugaring.
For a dive into an authentic Vermont tradition (plus a little catering to your sweet tooth), don’t miss out on these Southern Vermont sugar houses and a trip to the Latchis — our own personal slice of Vermont history as storied as the long tradition of sugaring.