A sweet taste of home: 'Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness'

Vermont maple syrup producers are each being asked to donate one gallon of syrup in order to send a taste of Vermont springtime to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the third year, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association is organizing Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2007 which will package the donated syrup into one pint containers and ship them to bases in Iraq. Over 800 gallons of syrup were sent in 2006. The syrup sent last year resulted in numerous heartfelt e-mails from the troops. Operation Vermont Maple Sweetness 2007 is a real team effort between Vermont maple producers, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, Vermont Maple Foundation, Vermont Industry Council, Vermont Maple Festival, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture. We want to thank the many other individuals and businesses who supported this project last year and are seeking sponsors for this years project. The deadline for donations of syrup is April 29 in order to have the syrup in the soldiers hands by Memorial Day. Maple Syrup producers are encouraged to donate one gallon of their best Medium Amber syrup and take it to the locations below. For more information about sponsorships call Sam Cutting IV at (802) 425-3971 and for syrup donations call Rick Marsh (802) 644-5482. Anyone wishing to may send a donation to: Mary Croft, Treasurer, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, 491 East Barnard Road, S. Royalton, VT, 05068. Please see www.vermontmaple.org for a list of maple syrup drop off locations.

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