• Branon Family Maple Orchards: Conserving Working Forests Through Ongoing Partnership

    August 2017

    Branon Family Maple Orchards: Conserving Working Forests Through Ongoing Partnership

    High Meadows Fund

    "The High Meadows Fund is taking a closer look at the impact of a few of our core grantees, starting with the Vermont Land Trust."

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  • It’s boom time for this Vermont sugar-making business

    December 29, 2016

    It’s boom time for this Vermont sugar-making business

    American Agriculturist

    "After exiting dairy, the Branon family built one of Vermont’s largest maple sugar production and retailing operations"

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  • Talking 50th Vermont Maple Festival

    April 2016

    Talking 50th Vermont Maple Festival

    Local 22 & Local 44 News This Morning

    Vermont Maple Festival co-chairs Stephen Tetreault and Cecile Branon visit Local 22 & Local 44 News This Morning to tell us what's happening at the 50th Vermont Maple Festival this weekend in St. Albans.

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  • Vermont Family Businesses and Entrepreneurs Celebrated

    October 30, 2015

    Vermont Family Businesses and Entrepreneurs Celebrated

    Grossman School of Business

    "For the fourth year, the University of Vermont’s annual celebration and recognition of entrepreneurship and family businesses, the UVM Grossman School of Business, Family Business Awards, packed the Waterman Memorial Lounge on Friday."

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  • The 'heart and soul' of sugaring in Vermont

    March 28, 2015

    The 'heart and soul' of sugaring in Vermont

    Burlington Free Press

    " The Branon operation, split between Fairfield and Bakersfield, taps 68,000 trees, and that's down from past years, before a series of storms forced the Branons to take damaged trees offline. The 2013 storm coating trees and vacuum lines with two inches of ice was particularly damaging."

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  • Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

    March 24, 2015

    Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

    Happy Vermont

    "On a thousand acres in Fairfield stand more than 68,000 maple trees tapped for sugaring season. The trees are part of Branon Family Maple Orchards, located in the heart of sugaring country in Franklin County, not far from the Canadian border."

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  • Maple Sugaring | Boom or Bust

    February 25, 2015

    Maple Sugaring | Boom or Bust

    Yankee Magazine

    "Maple sugaring — turning sugar-maple sap into world-class syrup — has been part of the New England farming landscape for generations. Today, however, technology and big money may alter that forever."

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  • Maple Becomes Big Business In Franklin County

    April 1, 2013

    Maple Becomes Big Business In Franklin County

    VPR

    "Maple has become big business. In the past ten years, the number of trees that aretapped has tripled and technological advancements have doubled the amount of syrup produced for each tap."

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  • Branon Family Values

    February 2013

    Branon Family Values

    The Maple News

    "Thomas Branon, patriarch of one of Vermont’s best known sugaring families, grew up on the family farm milking cows and tapping trees. As a sixth generation member of the farm in maple-rich Franklin County, Branon learned early to treat his moneymakers — the cows and the trees — with respect and care and they will return with lots of milk and sap."

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  • Farm Family Gambles It Can Switch to Maple

    March 22, 2012

    Farm Family Gambles It Can Switch to Maple

    The Herald

    "A visitor to the Branon Family’s sugarhouse in Fairfield in Franklin County is offered a seat in a handcrafted pine chair at a butternut table, and is handed a mug of coffee flavored with two popular Vermont products: milk and maple syrup."

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  • In this state: A sugaring family’s gamble paid off sweetly

    March 22, 2012

    In this state: A sugaring family’s gamble paid off sweetly

    Stowe Today

    "A visitor to the Branon family’s sugarhouse in Fairfield is offered a seat in a handcrafted pine chair at a butternut table, and is handed a mug of coffee flavored with two popular Vermont products: milk and maple syrup."

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