VT ASQ Presents a Free Tour: Maple Syrup Production: From Tap to Bottle - Sherman Hollow Organic Farm, Hinesburg
Well, the season has kicked-in for 2022 and we have arranged for an exclusive tour and “tasting on waffles” of maple syrup at a local sugaring operation. Try their unique Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple syrup.
Sherman Hollow Organic Farm is located on 42 acres in the Northeast corner of Hinesburg Vermont. It is a small-scale producer of high-quality maple as well as honey products and flowers for Tigri Flowers Co.
During the tour you will learn about:
- How the collection system is set-up from forest to sugar house
- Concepts & challenges of RO (reverse osmosis) systems to pull sap in- sort of like lean!
- Preparing and boiling batches of sap
- Bottling & grades of syrup
- Sanitation and quality control
- The “PDCA” of year-to-year sugaring process improvements, i.e. lessons learned!
Bad weather date: Wednesday March 30th
Schedule: 5:00 – 5:10 check-in
5:10 short VTASQ business meeting & networking
5:20- 6:30 Tour & Tasting
ASQ RUs: 0.5
To Register: Email Tim King, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There is a 20-person cap on the in-person tour
Sue & Don Gilbert own and operate Sherman Hollow Organic Farm
Sue's professional experience includes nutrition consulting with UVM Extension and product development with Earths Best Baby Food where she was involved in the early stages of organic food development. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree from University of New Hampshire and MS degree in Nutrition from University of Vermont.
Don's early professional experience included engineering and production management with E. I. DuPont. After returning to Vermont in the early 1980's he held positions in energy planning with Vermont's municipal electric utilities, utility regulation with The Vermont Public Service Board and various financial and management roles with Vermont Gas Systems including serving as the President and CEO for over 13 years. Don's educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont where he worked on his senior project at the UVM Proctor Maple Research Center to improve the efficiency of maple evaporators. He also holds an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Rochester.
Pat Reed - is a retired UVM professor with years of teaching in the field of med-technology. He is passionate about sugaring and helps Sue & don with many aspects of the sugar operation and enjoys speaking to those who tour the sugar house. Pat adds a bit of humor and history to the Vermont sugaring operation.