Sugaring on the Farm

Recently, one of our colleagues based in Vermont has been lending a hand in her spare time to a different kind of artisanal producer, she’s helping to haul in this year’s crop of maple sap.

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.comEach year during Vermont’s famous mud season, when the days start to warm and the nights still dip well below freezing, the maple sap begins to flow and is harvested by sugarers across New England. On Daph-A-Dill Ranch in Pawlet, Vermont, Chris and Daphne Ross are still collecting sap the same way their parents and grandparents did, in galvanized aluminum buckets that are collected each day into large holding tanks, hauled down to the sap house by tractor, and boiled into maple syrup.

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

Image: courtesy of Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

-David Calligeros

All photos by Jonathan Weiss, surfacist.com

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