More Maple Syrup Harvested in Vermont This Year Than Ever Recorded

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A maple worker collects maple syrup from a tap. | Vermont produced more maple syrup than ever before this year. | Photo courtesy of Patrick Tomasso/Unsplash

Vermont harvested more maple syrup this year than it ever has before. 2.5 million gallons of it in 2022, to be exact, according to new data from the US Department of Agriculture. That’s an 800,000-gallon increase from 2021, Vermont Public Radio reports.

According to Mark Isselhardt, a maple specialist with the University of Vermont who spoke with VPR, the primary factor as to why so much maple syrup was able to be harvested this year was the weather. 2022 has seen excellent weather for making maple syrup, Isselhardt told VPR, because March was warm enough to see sap flow, but not too warm to cause issues. Then April remained relatively cool, keeping production flowing at an exceedingly productive rate for what turned out to be a long harvest season in Vermont.

Vermont’s maple syrup production has grown from 500,000 gallons in 2003 to more than 2.5 million gallons in 2022. Will consumer demand continue to keep this trend moving upward?

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