We had actually planned to visit a few maple farms but after visiting here we decided that anywhere else would never meet it's high standard. They advertise that they close at 5:00 p.m. And as we arrived at about 4:40 I fully expected us to be too late for a tour. But not at all - we were first shown a short film all about how maple syrup is made - and we knew nothing beforehand so it was great. We we then taken into the main area of the sugar house to join three other visitors for a talk from the owner Glenn. He must have greeted many visitors over the years but spoke to us as if we were he first ones ever there - he is obviously highly knowledgable about the whole process; passionate about the subject and very proud of their products (and so he should be)! Despite being well gone 5:00 he was still chatting away with us all and answering all our questions. We finally moved into their shop area and were given the chance to taste the different grades of syrup. If you have never tasted proper maple syrup from somewhere like this then you really need to. What sells as pancake syrup tastes nothing like it and even "real" maple syrup I have bought in the UK tastes nothing like it. I bought as much as I though I would be able to get back safely in my suitcase (of course it is quite heavy which limits overseas visitors). My husband had told Glenn that he works in forestry and after the other visitors left they carried on chatting and I eventually gave up and went and sat in the car as my shopping was getting heavy. It was well after 6:00 when my husband eventually came out.
It was one of the best visits we had on our trip and it was wonderful to have such a wonderful host. If you only visit one maple farm in Vermont make sure it is this one!
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