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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way that it has been for centuries. But that’s not the whole story.

What We Learned

It’s early March, and a team of our editors is driving along a winding dirt road in Vermont to visit a sugar shack tucked against a mountain covered with thousands of maples. At first glance, the passing forest scape is a canvas of barren trees and snowy fields, but a closer look brings into focus a web of silver taps and clear plastic tubing weaving among the trees—the sign that it...