Maple syrup production utilizes new technologies to improve efficiency, while catering to tourists looking for a nostalgic experience. A recent article in the New York Times features Montpelier sugarmaker Burr Morse.
"Forty years ago, Mr. Morse would snowshoe into the forest with his father to collect sap from galvanized buckets and load them onto a tractor. The farm has not changed much since then, but the winters have. So has the maple syrup ritual itself."
Read the full article by Julia Scott, "High-Tech Means of Production Belies Nostalgic Image of Maple Syrup," in the New York Times.