Gov. Shumlin will kick off the 2015 maple season this Tuesday, 3/17 at noon at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond

Media Alert


This Tuesday (3/17), Governor Shumlin will officially kick-off Vermont’s 2015 maple season by tapping at tree at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond.


Slopeside Syrup is located on the grounds of Cochran’s Ski Area, a not-for-profit ski center founded in 1961 by Mickey and Ginny Cochran. The sugaring operation was established in 2011 by four of Mickey and Ginny’s grandchildren: Jim Cochran, Tim Kelley, and Roger and Douglas Brown.  Roger Brown was named 2014 “Sugar Maker of the Year” by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. Fourth graders from Richmond Elementary, who are learning about maple production as part of their farm-to-school curriculum, will join the Governor for a tour of the sugarhouse.


WHERE: Slopeside Syrup, 1090 Cochran Rd. Richmond, VT 05477 (Google Map )

**Please park in the ski area lot**


WHEN: Tuesday, March 17th at noon


PLEASE NOTE: A brief, up-hill walk is required to reach the tree site – winter footwear is recommended. Members of the media are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. so there is ample time to set up.





Alison Kosakowski
Communications & Marketing
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
c: 802-272-4547