The Fortin family has been involved in maple sugaring for four generations, starting with Grandpa Louis in the early 1900s. The family’s dairy farm had a nice 1,000 tap sugar bush located in Derby Line, VT. The syrup provided the family with much-needed income to assist in managing the farm and 9 kids!

Grandpa Louis did not enjoy boiling the sap. He preferred to work with his team of horses and gathered the sap, so he left the boiling to the oldest boys; my father Lucien was second oldest, so he did a lot of it.

Eventually, one of the other sons, Robert, bought the family farm and continued sugaring for many years. As youngsters, my brother Marcel and I (Jerry) would often help our uncle gather the sap, and we learned about the whole process. The two of us started tapping our own trees in 1989, and with the help of our families, it has grown from a few buckets to what it is today. My brother left the maple business a few years ago, to spend more time with his family, and manage his carpentry busines. I retired FEB 1, 2021 from the dept. of corrections after 23 years, and I am pursuing the maple business full time (a dream come true). At 10,000 taps it has become a full time job, but one that I thoroughly enjoy. My wife (Chrissy) and family work full time, but they pitch in whenever they can. We hope to someday leave the farm to our kids, so they can carry on the rich tradition for years to come!


Our sugar place can be found in the rolling hills of Barton VT. It features an old sugar house and covered bridge, making it a picturesque scene, especially in the fall. At just 100 acres it is not a big farm, but one that is well managed and cared for. We consider ourselves very fortunate and try to be good stewards of the land. We manage our property not only for syrup production but for wildlife as well. It is not unusual to see deer or turkeys on any given day. Keeping a balanced ecosystem is always on our minds, and it reflects in our logging and management practices. We are Certified “Organic” by VOF and abide by all their guidelines.