Pints of Sweet Maple Heading to U.S. Soldiers

Front Page / May. 15, 2008 12:00am EDT


Pints of Sweet Maple Heading to U.S. Soldiers

For the fourth consecutive year, Operation Maple Sweetness solicited donations from sugarmakers and Vermonters to be distributed to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Due to very high demand for Vermont’s premium syrup, Operation Maple Sweetness donations had been slightly lower than in previous years. To encourage last minute syrup or monetary donations, the Agency of Agriculture teamed up with the Department of Motor Vehicles to accept donations at DMV offices throughout the state.

Vermonters answered the call and the last minute drive put Operation Sweetness far beyond its goal.

In total, Operation Maple Sweetness raised more than 6200 pints of syrup, well beyond the 5800 pint record set last year. Much of the donated maple syrup was packaged last week at Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville. The syrup containers are stamped with a special label before being distributed to thousands of troops by Memorial Day as a simple gesture of appreciation.

"For some, it might be their first taste of Vermont maple syrup and for others it will be a reminder of home," commented Roger Allbee, Secretary of Agriculture.

"I’m so proud of Vermont for coming through once again," said Governor Jim Douglas. "It’s a chance to bring a taste of Vermont to a place of the world that is experiencing great stress and help those who are serving our nation."

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