ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — The Chittenden County Maple Sugarmakers’ Association will host Vermont Maplerama 2019, an event that annually brings more than 200 producers from several states and Canadian provinces to Vermont for tours, industry updates and a chance to discuss concerns and successes with industry experts and other participants.
This year’s Maplerama, planned for July 18-20, will be headquartered at the Whitcomb Barn, 199 Jericho Rd. (State Rte. 15), Essex Junction. Full registration is $200 per person, which covers the opening reception, tradeshow, choice of tours on Friday and Saturday and all meals, including the awards banquet and Saturday barbecue lunch. Participants unable to attend the entire program may pay for individual tours and meals.
Visit go.uvm.edu/maplerama for information or to register. Although the registration deadline is July 1, registrations may be accepted after that date, so if interested, please contact Sonya Horton at (802) 282-3392 or Bill LaPorte at (802) 644-9001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each tour will include transportation and stops at six maple operations in the Chittenden County area. Producers will have an opportunity to observe the latest technologies and innovations in maple production and hear from owners about their operations. A video of all 15 tour stops, produced by Mark Isselhardt, University of Vermont Extension maple specialist, may be viewed at go.uvm.edu/maplerama-tours.
On Friday in lieu of the tours, participants have the option of taking part in a day-long forestry clinic at Westford Sugarworks led by Rick Dyer, Lamoille County forester, and Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County forester. The hands-on sessions will cover timber stand improvement of the sugarbush, identification and elimination of invasive plants and how to improve roads and water crossings and design and install water bars.
Producers also are invited to enter the maple syrup and products contests with categories for the four grades of maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy and maple sugar. Awards will be presented at the Friday night banquet.
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