Vermont sugar maple sap buckets; the first step in making maple syrup. Photo by Putneypics/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution).
Official State Flavor of Vermont
Maple was designated as the official state flavor of Vermont in 1993. The U.S. Mint's Vermont quarter also commemorates sap collecting for maple syrup. All State Foods
It takes 40 gallons of sugar maple sap to boil down to 1 gallon of grade A maple syrup (the sugar maple is also Vermont's state tree). Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., producing over 500,000 gallons a year.