Who: Charlie and Helen Robb of Robb Farm Sugar House
What: Makers of pure Vermont maple syrup
Where: Brattleboro, Vermont
Early April is mud season in Vermont, as I discovered when I drove up there last week. Powering through the wet, muddy roads (yay for all-wheel drive!) and seriously questioning Apple's GPS navigation, I'd almost given up when I saw the plume of smoke rising from a wooded house in the distance. Wood burning fire? That was the heat source, I'd soon learn, but the smoke was actually steam from a large tank of boiling maple sap. I had arrived at the Robb Farm Sugar House, and was about to see maple syrup in the making.