Meet the Urban Sugar Makers!
Meet the Urban Maple Sugarmakers in Burlington's Old North End
On a warm Tuesday afternoon in Callahan Park in Burlington’s South End, friends and strangers alike cluster around a large metal bucket filled with sap.
As the sun sets and temperatures drop, over a dozen people crowd around the evaporator like it’s a campfire. It’s a shiny metallic rectangular tub hooked up to a propane tank. Cinder blocks surround it to keep in the heat. They’re boiling sap to make maple syrup. It’s a familiar scene in early spring in Vermont. What they pour in is almost clear, but once they’re done boiling, it’ll be a richer amber color.
"This will be syrup in probably an hour," says Angus Doherty, one of the founders of the group organizing this urban sugaring event, Tap O.N.E.
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