Maple Grove Farms of Vermont

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Facility:Maple Grove Farms of Vermont
Description:Enter under the Welcoming Green Awning and view our award winning video, 'Vermont's First Industry - Maple Syrup', while sampling our yummy maple candies. A friendly, knowledgeable Tour Guide will take you through two floors of our factory. You'll see 100% pure, natural Maple Syrup packed on the filling line or watch our Gourmet Dressings go by. Follow your Tour guide down to the kitchen and see Maple Candy being made in our vintage equipment. View the room where a whole lot of shaking goes on! Walk through the crystal room where the candy is set in tanks overnight to form its protective shell ... then look right into our packing area and watch the candy being inspected and carefully hand packed. Next, stroll into the Sugar House Museum and learn about 'The Whole Sugaring Experience' .. Open May 10 - December 22 Monday to Friday 8 am-2 pm (except major holidays). Tours start every 15 minutes and run continuously in the fall. Plan to spend an hour with us to fully enjoy Maple Grove Farms. Guided tour cost $1.00 per person, children 12 and under free
Address 1:1052 Portland St.
Address 2:
City:St. Johnsbury
Zip Code:05819
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Telephone:(800) 273-3334
Website:Visit Website
P. Smith, Co-op Member
Worth a visit if it's not too far off your path.

We parked and followed the signs in to the ticket window, where we sat and waited until almost tour-time, when a friendly gentleman appeared, greeted us, and took our $2. ($1 each for me and my mother, DD11 was free - hard to beat the price!) We were there on a quiet day and wound up having the tour all to ourselves.

Since you will be going through the factory - most of the production will be behind glass, though - you will receive a hair cover to wear. We saw several male employees wearing beard covers, so it's possible that bearded men will be asked to wear one of those, too. Most of what we saw on our tour was related to the process of making maple-sugar candy - molding, drying, etc. Our tour guide was informative and friendly and the tour was enjoyable, if short.

While we were certainly informed of the gift shop, the tour does not end there and it is entirely possible to bypass it if you like. I will say that we have enjoyed the products we've tried, though. If you do go in, look for the small sale table and you may find a good bargain.

The one disappointment for us was discovering that they are not truly a maple farm. While there is a sugaring shack on the premises (worth seeing), they actually get their raw product from a number of regional farms. It's a system that keeps a lot of smaller farms in business, which is a good thing, but visitors should be aware that they will need to go elsewhere to see sap gathered, boiled down, etc. Luckily, there is no shortage of nearby places where you can see all of this in-season.

Overall, we were glad we did this and we have a cute picture of us standing next to the giant maple-syrup can, but I don't think I would make this the only reason to visit the area. It does make a nice addition to a local visit, though and if you're in the area, it's worth a quick trip over.
Amy, Co-op Member
Really wouldn't give it quite a 3. We travelled from out of state and hoped to get a tour of the Maple Grove factory. My husband remembered touring years ago, and we picked up brochures advertising the tour. When we arrived this afternoon (8/16/11), we were informed they no longer gave tours--they were discontinued last year. Now there is just an old sugar shack replica with videotape and a gift shop. So no longer a field trip destination. Good products though.
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