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Regulations

By: uvmext

Vermont laws governing the production and sale of pure maple syrup grant the authority to regulate to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets. The regulations that have been developed as a result of those laws cover everything from the...

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Photosynthesis

By: uvmext

The sugaring season has been over for a while. Maple trees ended their annual period of dormancy when their winter buds broke, allowing new leaves to emerge. These lush green leaves are now working to produce all the energy needed for the tree t...

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Organic Maple Syrup

By: uvmext

Certified organic maple syrup is produced by many Vermont maple producers and generally commands a higher price in the marketplace. In order to legally market your syrup as “organic” an approved third-party certifier such as Vermont Organic F...

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North American Maple Syrup Council

By: uvmext

This is Mark Isselhardt, Maple Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and this is another Vermont Maple Minute. The North American Maple Syrup Council is an international organization, founded in 1961. The purposes of the Council are to...

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Measuring Syrup Density

By: uvmext

Most people know that to make maple syrup you have to do a lot of boiling. You collect the sap from the trees and you evaporator the water while concentrating the sugars. You might not know that to determine if you actually have correct density ...

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Maple Seeds

By: uvmext

Sugar maple flowers that are fertilized in spring, will develop into mature seeds in late summer. The seeds come in the form of winged samaras (sometimes referred to as helicopters or whirligigs). Sugar maple samaras develop in pairs but general...

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Maple Laws

By: uvmext

The law is very clear on what can be sold as pure maple syrup; only “the liquid derived by concentration and heat treatment of the sap of the maple tree”. No processing that “adds or removes naturally occurring soluble materials” is allow...

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Maple Color Grades

By: uvmext

There are four grades of pure maple syrup; Golden Color/Delicate Taste, Amber Color/Rich Taste, Dark Color/Robust Taste and Very Dark Color/Strong Taste. Each grade has a range in color as defined by its light transmittance. Knowing the color of...

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Late Season Defoliators

By: uvmext

As late summer progresses so-called late-season defoliators are beginning to become visible in Vermont woods. Two such insects are maple leaf cutter and maple trumpet skeletonizer. The first report of damage from maple leaf cutter was in 1911 wh...