HIGHGATE – Governor Phil Scott recently celebrated the Vermont Maple Season and Maple Industry today with the Gagne family at Gagne Maple in Highgate.
The Governor tapped a maple tree with school children from Highgate Elementary School, and helped boil maple sap into sweet Vermont maple syrup, while learning more about this important industry to Vermont’s economy, heritage and working lands economy.
“Vermont maple is second to none, and we wouldn’t have the best in the world if it wasn’t for hard-working families and sugar makers like the Gagne’s,” Governor Scott said.
Vermont’s maple industry has led the nation in total syrup produced for decades, bringing well over $50 million dollars of revenue to the state for the past three seasons.
The USDA census indicates that Vermont’s maple industry employs over 4,000 Vermonters and nearly half the maple produced in the United States comes from Vermont.
In 2019, Vermont once again Vermont led the nation in making maple syrup, producing more than 2 million gallons of Vermont’s sweet product.
This means about half of the maple syrup produced in the United States is made in the Green Mountains.
Gagne Maple has sugared in the hills of Highgate for 5 generations.
In 2001, the family built a new sugarhouse on St. Armand Road, accessing approximately 8000 taps in the nearby maple forest.
In 2003, the family purchased another nearby maple forest, bringing their total taps to more than 16,000 today.