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Harvesting maple sap and boiling it down into syrup is an old tradition in Vermont. When winter turns into mud season the sap starts to run. Some collect it the old fashioned way - hand-drilled taps in the maple trees dripping into galvanized buckets, horses driving through the sugarbush pulling the collecting vat, gathering the harvest by hand and pouring it in, then hauling the sap to the sugarhouse where a wood-fired boiling pan steams off 34 gallons of water for every gallon of syrup that is made. This book pictures a tradition of March in Vermont where big Percherons are used to work the sugarbush and maple-fired boilers make the syrup.


About the Author

Gerry Davis
GeraldDavis Williston, Vermont, USA
Gerry Davis is a photographer with a great love for the Vermont countryside, hill farms, sailing, seacoasts, church, fishing, and particularly people at work and at play. He takes great pleasure in sharing images of special times and special places. He works as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont and a lung disease specialist at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He is a transplanted “Flat-Lander” who came to Vermont almost 40 years ago; in another 2 generations his family will be “natives”.

Publish Date  September 27, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  40 pgs Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Travel

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Comments (2)


janetgoldenb says

Enjoyed your chronicle of making maple syrup. Sounds good right now!
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posted at 02:34pm Nov 09 PST


EverBGreen says

Greetings from Upstate New York where the tradition is also strong. There were family outings as a child and now an annual reminder upon a wagon ride at Highland Forest outside of Syracuse, New York. I highly recommend making their pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup an annual affair. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do such a superb job in chronicling the tradition.

posted at 04:18am Nov 01 PST

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