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Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Vermont Maple. Please see if your question can be answered here. If not, please feel free to ask your question below, and a sugarmaker will get back to you with an answer. Thank you for your interest!
1. What is the best grade of maple syrup to buy?
The best grade of maple syrup to buy is the one that you like the best! Early season syrup is golden in color and has a delicate flavor. Mid season syrup is an amber color with a richer maple flavor (usually the most popular). As the season progresses, the syrup naturally darkens in color and the flavor becomes stronger and more robust, making the darker ones a good choice for cooking and baking. See our complete Buyer’s Guide on this website under products/maple syrup for more complete descriptions.
2. What is the best way to store maple syrup?
Once opened pure maple syrup must be refrigerated. It may be frozen for long term storage. For complete storage tips, visit our maple syrup products page on this website.
3. Does tapping hurt the trees?
Many of Vermont’s maple trees have been tapped for over 200 years. Each generation of Vermont sugarmakers practices good forest management and takes great care to ensure that future generations will enjoy healthy, vigorous sugar maple forests. When a sugarmaker taps a tree it’s much like us donating blood. We both have some reserves to spare.
4. Is anything added to Vermont maple syrup?
Nothing is added. All Vermont maple syrup is 100% pure, natural, healthful and delicious. The sugarmaker removes some of the pure water from the sap to concentrate, which allows it to develop its wonderful maple flavor.
5. I thought all pure maple syrup was organic?
While all maple syrup is inherently natural and must be derived from only maple sap, not all maple syrup can be certified organic. Certified organic maple syrup signifies that the producer has met certification standards regarding tree health, forest management, and more.
For more information on certified organic maple syrup, please read Vermont Organic Farmers’ Organic Maple Sap and Syrup Guidelines