Ann and Doug Rose were born and raised here, both “Vermonters since 1955.” They purchased the Green Mountain Sugar House from Ann’s parents, Marjorie and David Harlow, in 1985. Since then, the Roses have owned and operated the sugarhouse themselves, from tapping trees and collecting sap, to boiling and freshly packing the syrup into jugs and glass bottles.
The sugarhouse has been a family heritage. “Our son Josh is now working for us full time year-round,” Ann said, “and our daughter Jessica helps out when she can during busy times, foliage, open house weekend, and busy sugaring weekends. Our granddaughter Jacquelyn also spends a lot of time here helping out during her summer vacations.”
The Harlows originally built a small sugarhouse across the road in the early 60s, and soon after built Green Mountain Sugar House in 1968. At that time, buckets collected sap from the maple trees, and wood fired evaporators were used to boil the sap. But “times have changed!” The Roses have upgraded the equipment, reducing energy and fuel, and expanded to over 13,500 taps! “Oil now fires the evaporator, and food grade tubing replaced the buckets. Vacuum pumps were also installed to help draw the sap through the tubing, and a reverse osmosis machine now reduces the amount of water in the sap, cutting the boiling time almost in half.”
The red roofed sugarhouse, just steps away from the lake on Route 100, is where maple syrup and many things maple are made, including maple cream, fudge, candy, and maple nut brittle. It’s also a Vermont Country Gift Shop! Their syrup is made with years of experience, to produce “the award-winning flavor that is our heritage.”
Ann and Doug started to tap around the Jan. 15 this season, and from February into April the Roses will be boiling and giving tours of the sugarhouse. They allow visitors when they are boiling, and Maple Open House Weekend will be March 24 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with lots of goodies like maple creemees, donuts, and maple coffee, and “hopefully will be boiling too.” They also “have tour groups that make reservations ahead of time for tours during the summer and fall,” Ann explained.
Visit or tour the Green Mountain Sugar House, where you can watch and taste the syrup being made. The sugarhouse and gift shop is open year-round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.