Farming Magazine - July, 2014

SUGARING

2014 Vermont Maplerama

July 24-26, Highgate, Vermont


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The 2014 Vermont Maple- rama will be held July 24-26 at the Franklin County Field Days in Highgate, Vermont. It will be a full weekend, featuring 14 tours, great food and entertainment. For more information, call Kyle Branon at 802-363-7947 or visit http://franklincountymaple.com/maplerama.html.

Schedule

Thursday, July 24

3 - 8 p.m. Registration

5 - 7 p.m. Appetizers

4 - 8 p.m. Trade Show

Friday, July 25

6:30 - 8 a.m. Registration/Trade Show

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tours

5 - 6 p.m. Social Hour/Trade Show

6 - 7 p.m. Dinner/Awards/Entertainment

Saturday, July 26

6:30 - 8 a.m. Registration/Trade Show

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tours

1 p.m. Chicken Barbecue

Tour Stops

Friday, July 25

Tators Sugar Shack

Green Mountain Mainlines

Ryan's Maple Ridge Sugarhouse

Branon Family Maple Orchards

Elm Brook Farm

Memory Lane Maple

Gagne Maple

Cutler View Maples

Dubie Family Maple

Boston Post Dairy

Gervais Family Maple

B&T Black Creek Farms

Saturday, July 26

L'Esperance Family Maple

Boston Post Dairy

Memory Lane Maple

Gagne Maple

Cutler View Maples

B&T Black Creek Farms

International Maple Syrup

Contest

The 2014 maple syrup contest will include the top three color classes of Grade A syrup, using the new grade standards now in place in Vermont: Golden Maple - Delicate Taste, Amber Maple - Rich Taste, and Dark Maple - Robust Taste. Producers still using the old system of grading for their 2014 syrup may submit their syrup graded Vermont Fancy, Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber. Entries must be U.S. pint size or equivalent containers, graded and properly labeled.

Entries will be judged based on the requirements of the point of origin. All entries will be displayed after judging on Friday and through the banquet and used for breakfast on Saturday. Awards for best of class and best of show will be presented at the banquet. Sugar makers whose entries meet the standards of the class and grade will receive either an excellent or outstanding ribbon and a $10 reimbursement, with additional prizes for entries judged best of class and best of show. All entries must be submitted to the Maplerama registration table no later than 8 a.m. on Friday, July 25.