all know the highest grade of maple syrup is called "Vermont Fancy." But that’s not what other states and Canadian
provinces call their top quality syrup. That’s
why, for the first time, a
standardized set of grades is being proposed for producers everywhere.
A year after breaking Vermont’s decades-old record for maple syrup production,
syrup makers are predicting a less-than-stellar output this year with
unseasonably warm weather during the peak of the sugaring season.
Despite the late-season snowstorm, the sap is
running again in maple trees around the state. A recent cold snap shut down many sugaring
operations for about ten days, causing some Vermont maple syrup producers
to worry about this year’s crop. But maple experts
say the 2011 season could be a very good one.