Vermont’s maple syrup season has officially kicked off with a ceremonial tree tap by Gov. Phil Scott at the Proctor Maple Research Center, celebrating the center’s 75th anniversary helping the state’s maple industry.
Monday’s celebration was a change in location for the annual tree-tapping ceremony, which is typically held at a traditional maple tree farm,
Due to the low supply from last year’s maple season, researchers wanted the season’s kickoff to be aided by the center to help ensure “good yields and make high-quality maple syrup.”
the 6,000 trees at the research center will provide about a half-gallon of maple syrup per tap. Last year, trees only provided about one-third of a gallon per tap.
Vermont usually produces nearly 2 million gallons of maple syrup, making the state the biggest producer in the U.S.