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Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

Maple Trees + Spring = Liquid Gold

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Maple Trees + Spring = Liquid Gold

Elena Gustavson

maple syrup jugs. photo by elena gustavson

maple syrup jugs. photo by elena gustavson

by Elena Gustavson, RAFFL's Everyday Chef. Maple syrup. Ubiquitous and delightful. Celebrated and loved. The sweet liquid gold of our green mountains. Vermont is well known for its sugar houses that dot our working landscape, belching steam from its vents and smoke from its stacks. Our season is short and completely dependent on the weather - freezing nights, 'warmer than freezing' days - and a sugarmaker can be found in the sugar house for days on end as long as the sap is running.


Maple syrup, like honey, is rich in antioxidants and minerals from the trees it comes from. It is a great substitute in recipes that call for honey or simple syrup and can often be successfully swapped in for  cane sugar.

In our house, besides the usual pancakes and waffles, we drizzle maple syrup over bananas slathered with peanut butter or use it to sweeten our tea. It is a delicious on oatmeal, in a smoothie, in a salad dressing and spooned over plain yogurt or even ice cream.


Maple syrup recipes abound, so rather than give you lots of new ones, see below for some great recipes within Everyday Chef as well as a few other exceptional sources.

So the only question now is...golden, amber or dark?

orange maple glazed carrots
orange maple glazed carrots


Links below will open up a new window

Everyday Chef: Our Favorite Recipes using Maple Syrup

VPR Cafe: Exploring Vermont Maple Syrup Recipes Through the Ages

Buzzfeed:  57 Magical Ways to use Maple Syrup

Vermont Maple: How We Make It

Tablespoon: How to Sweeten with Maple Syrup

Cornell University: Replacing Table Sugar with Maple Syrup (pdf)