April 7, 2012
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Spring in Vermont is short lived, but its sweetness makes up for the lack of duration. I consider both spring and Autumn to be little buffers on the two main seasons in this Northern part of the country. Autumn eases us into winter, while spring eases us back out, and fills our minds with euphoric thoughts of glorious Vermont summers.
But spring isn’t just about preparing us for summer. There are many qualities inherent to this season of beginning that are unique to the few weeks it graces us with its presence. Spring gives us animal babies, the return of birds, and the emerald green grass that begins sweeping its wide brushstrokes over the mountains, valleys, pastures, farms, and rolling hills with the most vibrantly tranquil hue known to man, woman, or animal. Spring also means maple sugaring here in Vermont. Just about any property owner has at least one Sugar Maple tree ready to be tapped. For many families in Vermont, tapping trees and making a few bottles of their own syrup is a wonderful family tradition.