MAD RIVER VALLEY, VT (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Another sugaring season is beginning in Vermont, and Tonewood is sharing this time-honored local tradition with foodies, connoisseurs and environmental advocates around the world with its innovative maple tree adoption program. Founded in Vermont’s Mad River Valley to support small-scale maple farming and to preserve the future of maple production, Tonewood showcases the state’s most famous resource in a variety of gourmet liquid and solid forms.
Tonewood’s maple tree adoptions support local sugarmakers and guarantee access to the freshest supply of nature’s purest sweetener, Vermont maple syrup. Adopters receive three packages over the course of a year, including a certificate of adoption, an informational adoption booklet, a high quality photo of the chosen tree, a Four Grade Collection of syrup and Tonewood’s Sweet Pairing of maple wafers its signature maple cube with each adoption.
The maple tree adoption concept is a collaboration between Tonewood and local, artisanal maple producers, in which each producer retains responsibility for the care and production of his product. Tonewood carefully selects partnering sugarmakers to ensure a high level of quality, and is currently collaborating with multi-generational sugarmakers – the Hartshorn and Vasseur families – located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.
“Vermont’s Mad River Valley is my home and maple has always been prevalent in my life,” says Dori Ross, founder of Tonewood. “Losing maple production because of human-aided climate change would be devastating, which is why I launched Tonewood and our maple tree adoption program. The taste of our products remind people of the importance of preserving maple while we donate a percentage of sales to fund critical research to preserve this precious industry.”
As a member of 1% for the Planet, Tonewood supports climate change research at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center.
"Climate change is already changing the maple industry by shifting the timing of when maple syrup is made to earlier in the spring as well as shortening the flow season. Producers are adapting to this to some degree, but further research is needed to understand the long-term effects of climate change on maple production, and to try and devise strategies to mitigate the detrimental impacts," says Timothy Perkins, Ph.D., Research Professor and Director of the Proctor Maple Research Center.
For more information on Tonewood’s maple tree adoption program, visit http://www.tonewoodmaple.com/pages/adopt.
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Tonewood Maple is celebrating maple’s naturally sumptuous flavor and under-realized versatility by redefining a standard for elegance and quality in maple products. Through collaboration with expert sugarmakers, Tonewood produces pure maple syrups and other specialties that are single-sourced, unblended, and free of additives.
By combining a standard for excellence with sleek design and forward-thinking sustainability practices, Tonewood has created a unique tree adoption program in which adopters receive premium artisan maple products produced from the bounty of their adopted tree. Tonewood seeks to preserve maple production by funding climate change research, local farming efforts, and sustainable forest stewardship. A portion of every Tonewood sale is donated through 1% for the Planet to climate change research efforts at the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center.
For more information on Tonewood’s tree adoption program and gourmet maple products, visit http://www.tonewoodmaple.com.