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Maple Sugaring: Boom or Bust

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. Tommy Branon and I rode out of Cold Hollow in the…

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Branon Family Values

Maybe it came from the cows. 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,…

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