The advent of plastic tubing came in the early 1960s; tubing was not invented to increase production but rather to save on labor.
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Don Stevens said it’s documented that Indigenous people were collecting maple sap and boiling it down before 1600, because there are citations…
Vermont has gone from producing an average of about 500,000 gallons a year in the late 1990s to more than 2 million gallons last year.
Albert Lynde of Guilford gathers sap with a team of oxen in April 1960.
A Penobscot birch bark bucket, similar to one the Abenaki would have used.
A Penobscot spile. Native Americans would stick a spile such as this in a slice in a maple tree to get the sap to run down and drip into their…
2020 was a good year for Vermont’s maple sugarmakers. The best ever, in fact. Vermont’s maple makers made just over 2.2 million gallons of syrup this year.