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Invasive Worms

By: uvmext

Gardeners know that earthworms can be beneficial for growing vegetables and flowers by helping with soil aeration and producing fertilizer through their castings. Sugar makers may not know that earthworms and relatively newer invaders the so-call...

1:27

International Maple Syrup Institute

By: uvmext

This is Mark Isselhardt, Maple Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and this is another Vermont Maple Minute. The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) was founded in 1975 to promote and protect pure maple syrup and other pure map...

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Hydrometers

By: uvmext

The Vermont maple law requires packaged maple syrup have a density of between 66.9 and 68.9 degrees Brix. Brix is a measure of sugar concentration in a pure sugar solution. Although we know there are other many dissolved minerals in maple syrup ...

0:43

Heat

By: uvmext

Processing sap with heat in the evaporator is essential. The reactions responsible for the development of maple syrup’s characteristic color and flavors require heat to proceed. Syrup produced by methods with little or no heating, such as freez...

0:53

Grading

By: uvmext

Grade A pure maple syrup is graded on four criteria; density, clarity, color, and flavor. All syrup must be fit within a standard density of 66.9-68.9 percent sugar. Syrup must be clear and free of any suspended particles that could form during ...

1:46

Forest Tent Caterpillars Update

By: uvmext

It appears as though the recent widespread defoliation event related to forest tent caterpillar has ended. According to the Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation, there have been no reports of defoliation attributed to this native ins...

1:29

Fall Color

By: uvmext

Autumn colors in leaves of maple trees is an annual phenomenon that is highly prized for its beauty and is also economically important. As day length shortens, the tree stops making new green chlorophyll pigment while the chlorophyll already in t...

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Contest Entry

By: uvmext

Summer is here and for many sugar makers that means maple contest time. Entering syrup in a contest is a great way to show off your product, make sure your syrup meets grading standards and perhaps earn a class winner or best of show ribbon. The...

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Containers

By: uvmext

Plastic, Glass, or Tin: Which is Best? Maple syrup is packed in a variety of retail containers. • Glass – allows the color and clarity of maple syrup to clearly show. A wide range of designs available. Best for maintaining flavor of syrup. ...