Meet Calvin Willard from Barnet, Vermont. Calvin is a lifetime maple sugar maker, and a maple syrup supplier to Butternut Mountain Farm. He also works in the timber industry as a logger, consulting forester and is a competitor in the professional Timber Sports circuit.
Tom Branon laughs warmly as he describes how much he loves the taste of maple syrup in his coffee. “The truth is, he puts a little bit of coffee in his maple syrup,” his wife Cecile chimes in. They lean into each other and laugh in the light of the beautiful, modern sugarhouse they built together in 2013. They have been farming together since they first met, over 37 years ago.
The Tiffany brothers don’t mince words when it comes to maple syrup. They love maple syrup on ice cream, over pancakes, and in their everyday cooking. They love being in the woods every day, and they love sugaring. They intend to keep doing exactly that.
A small, thoughtfully designed space, Rick Mayotte’s sugarhouse is set up for high syrup production. He’s running over 50,000 taps across beautiful land in Fairfield, Vermont, and he hopes to increase his production in the coming year.
“I have always been under the belief that if you drill too many holes, you kill your trees. You can have the nicest operation in the world but, with sugaring, you make your money out in the woods. So, you need to take care of your trees. Tree health is the most important part.”
Meet our friend Jeff Corey.