The Rutland Herald reports that "the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association is asking producers to donate a gallon of dark amber or lighter maple syrup to Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness, which in turn repackages the syrup and ships it to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq." Last year 900 gallons of syrup were shipped to troops abroad. According to Richard Green, who runs a sugaring operation in Pultney, "We got very nice feedback from Vermonters and non-Vermonters. It kind of reminded [the troops] of home. Those who said they weren’t Vermonters said it was nice to be remembered back home.”
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Record set for number of pints sent to troops abroad
Vermont Public Radio reports that "for a fourth year in a row, sugarmakers have donated maple syrup to Vermont soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan." Vermonters donated 6,200 pint, a record. "The syrup was packaged for shipment to soldiers on Saturday."