Like great dads everywhere, ours are there when we need them, even if it means many hours of hard work designing and producing a brand new product for a brand new company.
Now that Vermont Evaporator Company is all of (almost) three years old, we're looking back with a smile at the fun we've had with our dads along the way.
So, thanks for the help, dads! And, in addition to that Vermont Evaporator Company tee-shirt you've just unwrapped, here's what people say about the invention you helped us bring to life (all exclamation points are legit!):
"Thanks! After 4 years using a concrete block and restaurant pan setup for our 20 taps, we're ready to try something a lot more efficient." - Nancy (Hancock, MI)
"Top quality product . . . Have been boiling for 5 years on a homemade barrel stove and second-hand-pan, producing about 5 gallons a year. Today is our first boil of 2018 with our new Sapling Evaporator. What a HUGE difference! So stoked for our new tool!" - Jenee (Cooperstown, NY)
"We look forward to our new Sapling!!" -Stephen (York, ME)
"After running a large operation for years, the Sapling is a joy to run. It's perfect for the backyard maple syrup producer." -Tony (Ohio)
"Thank you so much, can't wait to get it going!" -Julie (Brookfield, NH)
"Thanks for the great products!!" -George (Clinton Corners, NY)
"I can't wait to use this!" -Rachel (Zionsville, IN)
"My family and I are so excited for your little Sapling and can't wait to use it in all seasons." -Taber (Laconia, NY)
"I really like the concept, looking forward to giving it a try." -Nathan (Amherst, NH)
"Looking forward to sugaring with the Sapling!" -John (Hawley, MA)
"Just doing my first boiling today and all seems to be going well. Thanks for a great product!" - Jack (Strafford, NH)
"Great to see this made-in-Vermont product - looking forward to trying our first sugaring this winter!" - Matthew (New Haven, VT)
"So excited!!!!!!" -Sarah (Portland, ME)
"Can't wait to use our new Sapling." Tamara (Montpelier, VT)
"Looks like a great fit for our sprouting sugar operation." -Erik (Stowe, VT)
"I look forward to picking up this fun new tool . . ." -Justin (Ripton, VT)
"We've never done this before ever. [The Sapling] was just what we needed. This is our first batch. . . . man it tastes great. And not a hint of smoke in it . . . Thanks again . . . . Great family run business idea you have here." - Mike (NH)
And last but not least:
"[T]his is a perfect Father's Day Gift!" -John (Taftsfille, VT)
- Kate & Justin
Vermont Evaporator Company founders Kate & Justin McCabe on the first day of their 2017 sugaring season.
On Teaspoon of Sugar, we write about maple sugaring, maple syrup, starting and running a small business, and living the sweet life here in beautiful, downtown Montpelier, Vermont.
157 Pioneer Ctr., Ste. 1; Montpelier, VT
Hours: Any old time, by appointment.