Did You Know?
Vermont is undoubtedly the largest maple syrup producer in the United States, producing over 2.22 million gallons of maple syrup in 2020. Total production in the U.S. for that same year was 4.37M gallons. According to Vermont Business Magazine, "this represents over half the official US crop and by far the most of any state."
In Vermont as in most states, all of this maple syrup is actually produced in a very short time frame. For example, in 2019 the season "officially" opened on March 12th, and closed 34 days later on April 15th (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 6.15 million taps in 2020.
It takes 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).