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The Maple Syrup Season 2014: In the Sugar Woods
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:12

"Mother Nature is finally giving us the results we have been hoping for all sugaring season. With more consistant below freezing nights and above 40's days, the sap has been running over 1200 gallons per hour at times. On April 7th we filled barrel #37, and by April 10th we filled barrel #70--big jump in production! But little did we know that wasn't the only action happening in the sugarbush. While checking the lines, we noticed a damaged area surrounded by some very LARGE tracks that head down hill. It was a huge bull moose making it's way towards the neighboring sugarbush. We called to warn them it was headed their way, and later heard it did not do anymore damage. Phew!


Thus far we are producing mostly lighter syrup, but we suspect it will turn pretty dark with tempuratures now well in the 50's. In any case, it is all Grade A and tasting mighty fine!" For more updates visit us on the Butternut Mountain Farm Facebook page.



The Maple Syrup Season 2014: Sap is Flowing
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 17:45

After what seemed like the LONGEST wait in the history of sugaring, we FINALLY had our first- and consequently our last- boil in March on the 31st. And then, April 1st arrived-- and how!! With the daytime temps getting into the high 40's/low 50's and the sun shining down, the trees thawed and the sap started to flow. By April 2nd we were getting between 300-600 gallons of sap per hour, and by April 4th  1100 gallons per hour! The day-to-day theme thus far has definitely been "slow start, strong finish," but as we filled our 35th barrel with what we consider "the best stuff on earth" and we’re energized by the process, the miracle it yields, and the season still ahead.

For daily updates, pictures of our maple sugaring season and more, please follow us on our Facebook page: Butternut Mountain Farm.

Vermont Green Careers Highlights Butternut Mountain Farm
Written by Emma Marvin   
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:43

Vermont has long been a leader in the Green Economy. A new website developed by the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Environmental Consortioum is dedicated to helping folks find careers in this fast growing sector. The website highlights occupations and Vermont businesses that are dedicated to developing more sustainable production and reducing the impact of humans on the natural world.  Check out this video on manufacturing and green jobs --- and learn how making maple syrup isn't just a green job, it's a sweet job too.

The Maple Syrup Season 2014: First Boil
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

We finished tapping as early as we likely ever have - about 15,000 taps this year. Mother nature though has been slow to keep up with us...bringing only a brief "warm" spell and returning us back into the cold. But, the warmth was enough for the maple sap to run and we collected enough to boil. Below are a few photos of the first boil of the year...the front pan hood open with steam coming out, syrup being drawn off, and Steve in front of the window of last year's syrup sample bottles - he's holding up the first sample bottle that'll be replaced with fresh maple syrup from the boil. Here's to a good 2014 Maple Syrup Season.

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Butternut Mountain Farm's Emma Marvin Recognized as Maple Person of the Year
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:36

Please help us congratulate our very own, Emma Marvin, for becoming the third generation Marvin (she and her father are the first ever father daughter duo) to win the Vermont Maple Person of the Year award! Her relentless dedication to the maple industry, consistent support of pure maple syrup marketing initiatives, and her efforts to merge the Vermont's three maple organizations, have rightfully earned her this prestigious title, and we could not be more proud! When asked how she feels about being titled Maple Person of the Year, she stated, "For my part, I feel like I have much work yet to do to truly earn the award." Thank you Emma for all that you do!

Everything Is An 'A': Butternut Mountain Farm On Capital Public Radio
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 31 January 2014 12:52
Check out Capital Public Radio's story on the Maple Grade Change, Grade Inflation In the Maple Syrup Aisle: Everything Is Now An 'A'. The story features Butternut Mountain Farm's own, Emma Marvin talking about the benefits of unifying the Grades.


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