The Christian Science Monitor, March 2023
Ruth Goodrich celebrated Christmas doing something no one in her family had done before. Boiling maple syrup.
Goodrich Maple Farm in Vermont’s Washington County has been family-owned since 1840, and Ruth and her husband, Glenn, have operated the business for the past four decades. They started with 25 trees and have expanded to 150,000. Ms. Goodrich has seen it all, but tapping trees in December was a first, as winter brought rain instead of snow.
“That was the earliest we’ve ever boiled,” says Ms. Goodrich. Due to the warm New England winter, a season that normally would have begun in early March started three months early.