RICHFORD — The board of directors of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (VMSMA) presented the 2022 Annual Maple Awards at their annual meeting.

Outstanding Sugar Maker Award to Roy Corse, of Whitingham. He was born into sugaring on the family farm where maple syrup has been produced since 1868. In the sugar house, production records are posted and date back to 1918. Together with his wife and helpers, they have over 12,000 taps. 

Vermont Maple Person of the Year to The Purinton Family, of Huntington. Peter and Carla Purinton and their children (and their children’s families) tap over 17,000 trees on 350 acres of farmland. VMSMA is grateful to the Purintons for their willingness to literally carry the load while VMSMA managed the container availability for dealers and members.

Sumner Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Michael Christian, Village Mapleworks, of Orwell. He has promoted the Vermont Maple name to greater New England  through countless volunteer hours at the VMSMA booth at the Eastern States Exposition (“The Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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