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NEWSLETTER • July 2009

Goings On

French Heritage Day

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To be held on July 18th (Saturday) in Vergennes. The Chamber of Commerce—event organizer—is looking for any sugarmaker that would be willing to sell/sample maple products. Please visit the website at www.frenchheritageday.com to learn more about this signature quad event.

If you are interested please contact the Marguerite at the Chamber, immediately, at 388-7951 to make arrangements.


It's not too late to attend Bennington County's Maplerama/Festival. Maplerama runs July 24-26. It's a great opportunity to learn new and different ways to do things in the sugarhouse and meet sugarmakers from all over Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Refer to your Maple Mainline or vermontmaple.org for more information.

Foundation Events

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The Vermont Maple Foundation will be promoting Vermont maple syrup at 2 events in August and we hope to find a few more volunteers. August 2—Legislators Conference at Shelburne Farms and August 23-VT Cheesemakers Festival, also at Shelburne Farms. If you are interested in volunteering for either of these events please contact Catherine Stevens at stevens.catherine@yahoo.com.

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The graphics still need to be finalized and applied!

Volunteers will get a chance to work in the new mobile sugarhouse that ACMSA donated generously to help the Foundation buy.

January Maple School

Planning is already getting started on the January Maple Schools. Addison County Maple School is scheduled for January 16, 2010. The School will be held at again at Middlebury High School. Mark your calendar!!

Field Days—August 4-8

Changes There are several changes planned for Field Days this year. First, the Directors of Field Days have decided to create a road and parking areas behind Lions, the Sugarhouse and the old grange building. The road will ONLY be accessible by special permit for the 3 businesses. Each business will have a limited number of parking permits. The parking areas will be dirt so in the event of rain (seems to be likely this year) at least we don't have to deal with wet grass to spin on! This is a very welcome change for those of us that need to come and go during the day and end up driving through the crowds. Field Days was able to create this improvement through donations from the 3 businesses involved. ACMSA have pledged $2,000 to the project.

Secondly, the floor plan will be changing in the sugarhouse. We need to make better use of the space we have as we get busier. Change that will happen is the rearranging of the syrup judging displays. We may also invest in a different display cooler for maple entries—one that is a bit smaller. Another the plan is also to consider purchasing a new frig/freezer for milk, whipped cream and maple pops.

Finally, a creemee machine, we have had many requests over the years for a maple creemees. The investment is substantial ($6,000) and it will require a rethink of the space and windows where the evaporator currently is to best fit the machine. We are hoping to use the front corner to sell creemees both inside and outside.


Worker Benefits As a thank-you for working at the Sugarhouse, like last year we will be paying for your lunch or dinner. This year the meal will also be available at the 4-H booth. As an additional thank-you, those that work 2 shifts or more will get a free ACMSA t-shirt.

Clean Up Day Plan to join the crew on Saturday, August 1st at about 9 am. Even though we will have some of the rearranging done ahead we do need a crew to do cleaning and set up. Come and go when you can. Many Hands Make Light Work.

Products for Judging Anyone wishing to enter products for judging must have entries at the sugarhouse by Monday at 6 pm. You can enter: Fancy, Med. Amber, Dark Amber, Grade B or Backyard, Maple Cream, Indian Sugar, Candy, or a specialty that has at least 1/2 cup of syrup in the recipe. Refer to the official fair book for more details.

Sign-Up Download the sign-up sheet to select your time to share your love of maple! If you would like to do a demonstration—it doesn't have to be cooking—please contact Sheila at 453-7155.

Picture This! Get your pictures in of your sugarhouse. Heather Seeley (hseeley@sover.net) or myself (rainvb@wcvt.com) will accept your pictures to update our displays! We have also acquired a copy of Thetford Academy's production that they were working on during the tree tapping. We'll be showing it on our TV.

Syrup Prices Consider selling your syrup to the sugarhouse. Prices this year are Fancy—$3.10 a pound and $3.00 for Medium and Dark Amber. Contact Moe at 388-4815 (home) or 388-3009 (work) if you are interested. Barrels of a variety of sizes will work.