Idle Hour Maple
With winter ending and spring beginning, the sweetest season happens in Vermont – the maple sugaring season! It’s a busy time at Idle Hour Maple, and as much as we at the Woodstock Farmers Market would like to visit them in Vermont to watch the magic happen we will take the next best thing – pictures!
Matthew Biell is the owner and creator of Idle Hour Maple. A native of Crystal Lake, IL, he took off the Spring semester of his Freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to assist his family in the creation of the Idle Hour Maple Farm in Chittenden, Vermont. Matthew started Idle Hour Maple in April of 2016 as an outlet for selling his family’s syrup in Illinois. He sells his family’s delicious 100% Pure Maple Syrup at local farmers markets and he has plans to start his own maple syrup farm in Illinois after graduation.
Matthew sent us photos of his family boiling down this year’s sap to delicious Grade A, Vermont ORGANIC Pure Maple Syrup. His cousin Richie does the tapping and woods work and his cousin Brian is the boiling expert. Check out some pictures of the process!
Tapping the trees
The lines leading to the sugar house
Processing the final product
All the delicious syrup waiting to be bottled and delivered
Would you like to sample some delicious 100% pure maple syrup?? You can find Idle Hour Maple at the Woodstock Farmers Market Winter Market located at the McHenry County Fairgrounds through April. Starting the first weekend in May, Idle Hour Maple will be at the Summer Market on Saturdays. The outdoor market is on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on the historic Woodstock Square.