Did You Know?
Vermont is undoubtedly the largest maple syrup producer in the United States, producing over 2.55 million gallons of maple syrup in 2022. Total production in the U.S. for that same year was 5.03M gallons. According to Vermont Business Magazine, "Vermont remains the top producing state in the nation, with more than double the US total."
In Vermont as in most states, all of this maple syrup is actually produced in a very short time frame. On average, Vermont’s latest maple season in 2022 lasted 40 days, compared with 28 days in 2021. (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service). Of course, depending on where in the state the sugarmaker is producing, this time frame can shift slightly due to weather conditions.
Vermont also has the most maple tree taps in the United States, with 6.65 million taps in 2022.
One statistic that remains the same - it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup!
Maple syrup is loaded with polyphenols which are plant based compounds that work as antioxidants.
A normal sugaring season lasts just between four and six weeks, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association (VMSMA).
Maple Syrup grades differs only in color and taste, as sugar content, density and quality remain the same for all grades, according to VMSMA.
Vermont’s maple syrup grading system shows that the darker the color of the maple syrup, the stronger the taste is.
Maple syrup is very rich in vitamin and minerals vital to maintaining a healthy diet, and is also is rich in antioxidants thought to lower risk of disease and help to prevent cancer as part of an overall active and healthy lifestyle.
(Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vermont Business Magazine, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association - VMSMA).