As the days get shorter and the cooler temperatures move in, our green leaves transform to the magnificent colors of Autumn. This season is Vermont’s finest hour. The maple sugaring story also takes on a new twist, as the Maple Museum exhibits turn into a colorful array of fall foliage celebrating the harvest.
This summer brought thousands of visitors to the museum...many from the 4 corners of the world. Highlights included a visit from the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the success of our expanded sampling room.
In June the Horseless Carriage Club of America hit the road from their convention headquarters and ended up displaying their autos in the museum parking lot while shopping and learning all about Maple Sugaring. Their auto drive on route thru Pittsford, Proctor and Brandon was extra special with the abundance of back roads and century and a half old covered bridges...five to be exact.
Since Food and Wine and Saveur magazines have rated us a top ten food museum, our sampling room has become an important feature. Recently we increased the size to include over 30 varieties of Maple Syrup and Specialty foods, many using maple as an ingredient.
Stop by and learn more about Vermont's most famous and most misunderstood agricultural commodity, Maple. How many really know what Maple syrup is where it comes from and how it's produced? Our exhibits reveal the intricate mysteries of nature for centuries locked in the maple tree and the special sugar it produces. For your convenience, the Gift Shop is the best around, it includes many locally made items such as jewelry, pottery and candles. We also have a full service shipping department.
Everyone knows how good pure maple syrup tastes on a steaming hot stack of pancakes, but how about as a food topping or sauce. Share this experience with your friends and relatives. Each order is personally prepared, carefully packaged and ready to mail within several days of receipt and will include a greeting composed by you and our colorful "Story of Maple Time in Vermont" brochure. Most of all your order will include the nostalgia of a time thought to have disappeared but maybe hasn't.
Stay tuned to our web site in September and October for the Fall Foliage Report and more about our “Halloween and Fall Celebration” from September 15th through October 31st, when our decorations demonstrate the Vermont tradition of scaring off “evil” spirits during this wonderful time of the year.