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Runamok Maple expands to new facility

Leon Thompson | July 20, 2018

FAIRFAX, Vt.—One of Vermont’s largest maple producers has put its entire operation into a former game piece factory in the northwestern part of the state.

Staff at Runamok Maple, owned by Eric and Laura Sorkin, spent more than a week in July moving into the 55,000-square-foot facility in Fairfax, located in maple-rich Franklin County.

The building is located at 293 Fletcher Road and is the former site of Morse Hardwood, which used to manufacture wooden Scrabble game tiles. The structure has been vacant for about two years, so the Sorkins are happy to fill an economic void in Fairfax, while their business grows and thrives. MORE ]

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Cotton candy equals cash

Paul Post | March 2017

Maple cotton candy can be a fun path to sweet success, for groups or individuals.

But there’s a knack to making it, which involves no small amount of attention to detail. MORE ]

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Candy Research, Part 1

By Stephen Childs Cornell Maple Program in cooperation with Merle Maple | November 2015

The goals of this project are to improve the overall quality of maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar pieces or maple sugar candy which ever name you may be using. Quality is identified in terms of the smoothness, graininess, hardness, shelf life and lack of white spots deep in the pieces or on the surface of the pieces. The second goal is to improve the labor efficiency of making and handling the pieces.
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Candy Research, Part 2

By Stephen Childs Cornell | Maple Program in cooperation with Merle Maple with Merle Maple | January 2016

The goals of this project are to improve the overall quality of maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar pieces or maple sugar candy which ever name you may be using. Quality is identified in terms of the smoothness to graininess, too soft to firm to too hard, length of shelf life and lack of white spots deep in the pieces to white dusting on the candy surface to no white spots. MORE ]