Our Partner Producers
We produce our own maple syrup at our sugarbushes in Cambridge and Bolton but even with our 100,000 taps, we do not make enough for our needs. To ensure our supply, we partner with many other sugarmakers, buying maple syrup from producers who we know are passionate about their product and their land.
Read on to learn more about a few of our many sugaring partners.
Branon Family Maple Orchards
Branon Family Maple Orchards is among the most respected maple producers in Vermont. The business is owned and operated by Tom and Cecile Branon and their sons, Kyle, Shane and Evan. Spanning over 4,000 acres of forest, they manage over 90,000 taps in the towns of Bakersfield and Fairfield. Tom is a 4th generation sugar maker who has worked in the woods for over 60 years. As a kid he gathered sap with buckets using horses to deliver it to the sugarhouse. Their operation is considerably more modern today and they continue to pass down the family tradition to the next generation. When asked what sugaring in Vermont means to her, Cecile replied, “Vermont is a very sp
ecial place and people all over the country relate it as a clean organic way of life. Maple Syrup has become synonymous with Vermont which makes it a very special product with high standards and practices. It is a pride in itself to be considered a Vermont Sugarmaker, certified Organically and considered doing all the right things to protect and care for a gift we have been given.”
Ledge View Maple
Ledge View Maple is owned by husband and wife team, Alan and Jennifer Cary. Their operation is nine years old but Alan has been working in and around the sugaring industry most of his life. In fact, he started with us here at Runamok when we were just getting our operation up and running, and contributed to everything from woods set-up to building construction.
With 16,500 taps on his own property in Fletcher, today they are a family operation, often getting help from their son, Trevor and other family members. They both participate in all the aspects of the business from tapping to running the evaporator. When asked about a favorite part of her property, Jen replied, “The lookout area on top of the mountain; and our second lot has beautiful views of Mt. Mansfield.”
Like many Vermonters, they wear many hats. Alan has a separate excavation business and Jen is a cosmetologist. But maple syrup is becoming a larger presence in their lives every year. Jen says, “We enjoy keeping the Vermont tradition alive, working as a family in the woods and Sugarhouse and it is a large portion of our annual income.”
Dan Crocker is the owner of Sidelands Sugarbush, Inc. Located in Westminster, Vermont, he works with 24,000 taps in his woods to produce some of the finest maple syrup you could taste. “It makes me happy to produce a wonderful tasting product which is more beneficial than other sugar products and helps the environment as well, by keeping the forest intact,” he explains. Managing the operation in his woods for more than 40 years, he puts in the hours during sugaring season and then spends the whole summer getting ready for the next one. Like many Vermonters, he likes it in everything from his morning coffee to a midday smoothie. But his favorite use is over vanilla ice cream.