Maple Sugaring

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In the Beginning

 

Andy Aldrich grew up on this farm and was a home builder for over 40 years. During the 1960-70’s approximately 30 acres of the woodlot, where there were maple saplings, was originally promoted for future timber. Times and things change, 40 years later a small modern sugaring operation was started from scratch and built out in 9 months. One that was designed that one person could operate. A new post and beam sugarhouse and storage building from timber off the farm. The tubing system was laid out with two goals; efficient sap collection and easy access to the remaining 70 acres of mixed hardwood timber.
 
 


                 
       
 
 
 
  
 
   
 
 
 
    

A Productive Sugaring House

 

The sugaring operation features; 2800 taps, high vacuum (29lbs), R/O for at that time, high concentrate (18-24) and a wood pellet fired 2 1/2 x 9 evaporator. Production has averaged 1/2 gallon syrup per tap, producing only table grades. The new sugar house and operation won a Vermont Better Homes Award in 2013 in the commercial category with a special notation of it’s efficiency. This maple operation is a Vermont Certified sugarhouse.
This maple operation has been featured by UVM Extension on Across the Fence and was a featured stop during Vermont’s Maplerama 2019.
 

You’ll also see 6500 Christmas trees, forage fields, and the standing timber and an 1890-1900 barn currently being historically restored.

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Member of Vermont Maple Sugar Maker Association
Member of the Chittenden County Maple Sugar Makers Association

 

 

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Syrup and maple products are available daily at the sugar house from day after Thanksgiving to Christmas eve; during sugaring season, and the rest of the year by previous arrangement.

 
 
  
 
 
 
Choose & Cut and precut Christmas Trees are available from day after Thanksgiving to Christmas eve at the sugarhouse.

Christmas Trees

Sugarhouse: 2370 Dugway Road
Richmond, VT 05477
802-793-2700
 
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