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March 2015 – April 2016

Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits’- Maple Sugar Festival @ Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th


Boyden Valley Sugar on SnowCambridge, Vermont – Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits is hosting their annual Maple Sugar Festival during Maple Open House Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, March 28th and 29th, 2015, to celebrate the sugaring season.

The Boyden family has been making Vermont maple syrup for five generations in the picturesque Lamoille River valley using a traditional wood-fired evaporator with sap collected from over 300 acres of maple trees located on the family’s farm.  The sugar house is conveniently located behind the winery for easy access to anyone that is interested in viewing the sugaring process.

Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits crafts over 20 different wines, ciders, and spirits including two unique wines and a cream liqueur using their estate maple syrup.  The Annual Maple Sugar Festival is an ideal time to visit the winery to sample these local Vermont delicacies and learn about one of Vermont’s oldest and most loved traditions – Maple Sugaring!

Locals and visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits from 10am-5pm during the Maple Sugar Festival weekend to enjoy the activities and experience all things maple including:

  • Free Sugar on Snow!
  • Free Demonstrations of Maple Sugaring with a traditional wood-fired evaporator
  • Free Maple Syrup Sample Tastings
  • Free Winery Tours at 11:30am and 1:00pm (tours suitable for all ages)
  • Free Tastings of Vermont Maple Reserve, Gold Leaf wine, and Vermont Ice Maple Crème liqueur
  • Free Maple Cocktail Tasting and Recipe
  • Free Parking and No Admission fee
  • Donuts with maple cream will be available at the Sugar House while they last!
  • Specialty Wine & Food Tastings featuring Cabot Cheeses, My Little Cupcakes, & Brown Family Farm maple candies will be available in the winery
  • Pleasant Valley Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides will be available weather & ground conditions permitting

For questions or more information on the Maple Sugar Festival contact Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits at 802-644-8151 or  Follow Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits on Facebook or Twitter.

Maplerama 2015 @ Caledonia County Fairgrounds
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm

Caledonia County Hosts the 2015 Maplerama!

This year’s Maplerama will be held in Caledonia and Essex Counties, in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the most undisturbed region of the state, with its beautiful rivers and lakes and endless forests of hardwood and softwood. Hosted by the Caledonia County Maple Association, Maplerama 2015 will be based at the Caledonia County Fair Grounds site in Lyndonville, and will offer a great weekend of tours, food, fellowship and entertainment. The tour of the counties will feature visits to sugarhouses with a mix of traditional and modern technology, including underground pipeline, a wood chip fired evaporator, a large operation powered entirely by a 100kw diesel generator, and the huge new Sweet Tree operation in Essex County, which is becoming one of the largest maple operations in the U.S.
Thursday, July 23 at Caledonia County Fair Grounds, Lyndonville, VT 
12:00 – Grounds open for camping setup
5:00 – 9:00 Registration and Trade Show
6:00 – 8:00 Cash Bar and Appetizers
Friday, July 24 at Caledonia County Fair Grounds 
6:30 – 8:00 Registration and Trade Show
6:30 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 4:30 Tours
5:00 – Social Hour, Cash Bar and Trade Show
6:00 – Banquet and awards
7:30 – Entertainment with Rusty Dewees “the Logger”
Saturday, July 25 at Caledonia County Fair Grounds 
6:30 – 7:45 Registration and Trade Show
6:30 – 7:45 Pancake Breakfast
7:45 – 2:00 Tours
2:00 – Barbecue
For a full description and registration information, please visit:
Franklin County Maple School @ Franklin County Field Days
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration will start at 8:00am and classes will begin at 9:00am.  The cost for the day is $35 per person, which includes access to the trade show, classes/seminars, and a catered lunch.  If you are a dues paying member of the Franklin County Maple Sugarmakers Association the cost for the day is $25.  (Dues are collected at annual Meeting in January)  If you would like to become a dues paying member ask at our registration table.

Walk-in registration is welcome; however, we highly recommend pre-registering for this event as our maximum attendance for the maple school will be 300 people.  In order to reserve your spot at the event, please pre-register by filling out the registration form linked below and follow the directions on the form:

Maple School Registration Form

Schedule of Events for October 3, 2015 Conference

8:00 – 9:30 Registration Begins & Trade Show Opens

8:45 – Welcome by Matt Gordon(VMSMA)

9:00 – 10:00

Room A: Proctor Maple Research- Dr. Tim Perkins- From the Tree to the Evaporator:  How Microbes Affect Your Product. Sap coming out of the tree immediately starts to degrade in terms of sugar content and form.  This presentation will describe what happens in sap at various stages from the tree to the evaporator, and what maple producers might do to ensure the best quality product.

Room B: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester – Sugarbush Management & Land Use

Room C: Dominion and Grimm- Will be showcasing their new Electric Evaporator.  See how this new technology can help your operation

Coffee Break   10:30 – 11:30

Room A: Leader Evaporator- New Springtech Extreme R.O.

Room B: Tap Track- Jason Gagne- Come see how the wireless monitoring system can help you in your operation

Outside:  Glen Goodrich- Hands on Tubing Demonstration.  See the set up and ask about different applications and practices.

Sugarhouse: Cooking With Maple- TBA

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:50

Room A: LaPierre USA- Hyper Brix Technology- How to concentrate up to 35 Brix and make excellent Maple Syrup

Room B: Proctor Maple Research- Dr. Tim Perkins-Should I Tap Below the Lateral Line? Maple producers sometimes have to decide whether to tap below the lateral line, either because of tubing location, or to find an area of undamaged wood.  How does tapping below the lateral affect your sap yield?

Outside:  Glen Goodrich- Hands on Tubing Demonstration.  See the set up and ask about different applications and practices.

2:00 – 2:50

Room A:  CDL-  The “Master” Evaporator- Come see the features and ideas behind CDL’s latest evaporator and how it compares to a conventional evaporator

Room B: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester- Forest Management 101

SugarHouse:  Cooking With Maple- TBA

3:00 – 4:00

Room A: H2O- Anthony Larivee- High Concentration- H2O’s Super Concentrator- Making 40 brix and how to cool and keep concentrated sap

Room B: 3/16” Tubing- Ask the Experts about how this gravity system actually creates its own vacuum and how it can work in your operation

Room C: NOFA VT- How to get certified Organinc- Learn about the how to become certified organic in your sugar operation.    

Open House Weekend 2016 @ Open House Weekend
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day

Visit Vermont sugarhouses and restaurants across the state and watch as maple syrup is being made. Join our family tradition and be a part of all the fun!

Each sugarhouse is different, with a unique experience to offer guests.  Some hold pancake breakfasts while others offer wagon or sleigh rides.  At some sugarhouses you can ski or snowshoe through the woods and others offer a chance to taste authentic Sugar-on-Snow.  Please check back closer to the date for updated information and a complete listing of participating sugarhouses.