The Branon Family
Our family is proud to say that we are a 7th generation Vermont Maple Producer and Agricultural based family. Tom & I purchased the Dairy farm/Maple Sugaring operation from Tom's parent's in 1984 and have continued to expand and diversify the Maple Sugaring business. The cows have gone but the land and crops are still worked and follow the Vermont Organic standards. As we continue to expand the operation and become better stewards of the land we always meet challenges but manage to stay strong and offer quality products and great customer service. We deliver the same service that we expect as consumers.
Since our last update we have been moving forward and keeping very busy. Our family grew by one more! Our son Justin has married and his partner Roger has been thrown right into the family with open arms! In fact he is the very cleaver person that builds and maintains this web site! Declan & Kassidy have grown to be 4 ½ and 3 and love to help at the sugarhouse.
2013 brought us many changes in our operation! It all started June 1st by adding 18 solar tracker panels to the land to produce electricity on the grid to run the operation. "Tapping the sun" as we call it, is in full tilt and working very well.
The end of July 2013 we decided that we were going to build a new sugarhouse! The first stick of lumber was laid on the concrete on September 1st and a new building went up thanks to great friends, family and a community that helped us put up the rafters and roof. It is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed having room to work as we had outgrown the last one. It is not completely finished for all the aspects of the building, but as far as where we work for making the syrup, it is completed. It was a stretch 10000+ square feet but we made it.
The building is home to 2 – 6x16 oil fired evaporators, and 4 Reverse Osmosis 8 membrane machines to concentrate the sap to higher sugar content here at the main sugarhouse so we are conserving as much energy as we can, finding ways to continue to reduce our energy blueprint.
In 2016 we purchased a part of the Cold Hollow Mountain range – over 2000 acres from the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. It was a huge opportunity and task for us and our sons. We are in the process of setting up the woods. Restoring and building new roads to be able to gain access to the woods. We have built a building that is not complete yet but is in full service. This will take us many years to turn into a working sugarbush but with the next generation working with us we are fully capable of handling the challenge.
We have been members with the Vermont Land Trust since 1997 in which we conserved our land in Fairfield and in 2016 we conserved over 2000 acres in Bakersfield. In 2003 we received Organic Certification with the Vermont Organic Farmers for our Maple Syrup, since then we added Maple Cream, Maple Sugar, Maple Vinegar, Maple Candy & Maple Jelly to the organic line of products. All the products we sell are made here by us.
We also received our Kosher certification in 2014 and in 2016 we were certified a “Bird Friendly” Sugar Bush by the Vermont Audubon Society. Our Facility is also certified under the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association Voluntary Sugarhouse Certification Program. We take pride in having a very clean environment to process our products.