June 19, 2018

News Release – Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

The 2018 sugaring season was a long and productive season for Vermont’s sugar makers. Once again Vermont led the nation in making maple syrup, producing nearly 2 million gallons of the sweet product. It means about half of the maple syrup produced in the United States is made in the Green Mountains.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vermont maple syrup producers set 5.67 million maple taps in 2018, 5 percent more than during the 2017 season, and the largest number of taps since 1928 according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. It was also a long season with sugar makers in the woods on average 52 days. That’s nearly one week longer than in 2017.

Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said, “Vermont sugar makers continue to lead the nation. Their commitment to quality stands alone producing a natural product that’s beloved around the world.” If you want to experience maple sugaring and maple syrup first-hand, Couture's Maple Syrup and Bed & Breakfast is the place to do it! The farmhouse dates back to 1892 and offers comfortable, smoke-free, country accommodations with a family atmosphere.

Vermont maple syrup production in 2018 totaled 1.94 million gallons, down 2 percent from 2017. Vermont has led the nation in maple taps since 1916, highlighting the depth and importance of the industry to Vermont’s economy and culture.

“Basketball might consume the nation’s attention during March Madness, but here in Vermont its Maple Madness, a much tastier option,” said Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Wendy Knight. “Our top standing in maple production makes Vermont a delicious destination to sample maple products and sip inspired beverages.”

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