Maple syrup, the new liquid gold

At Shelburne Farms in Vermont, all visitors are welcome to their sugar shack.

At Shelburne Farms in Vermont, all visitors are welcome to their sugar shack.

A visit to Shelburne Farms’ sugar shack two weeks ago prompted my story for MSN moneyNOW about this year’s sugaring.

The three people manning the sugar shack told me it’s been a great year for syrup — cold nights, warmer days. A late winter/early spring that’s more traditional than last year’s 80F temperatures in March.

But as noted by local news outlets such as Seven Days, not all is squeaky clean in the world of maple syrup. Prices are nearing $40 per gallon, making it the new liquid gold. That’s putting larceny in the hearts of some, with thieves swiping maple sugar equipment and illegally tapping trees. Then there was last year’s $18 million Canadian maple syrup heist.

The good news for consumers is that maple syrup tastes just as delicious as it always has — and should be more plentiful, too.

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