Sap drips from a maple tree at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, Vt. Brattleboro Reformer file photo. Editor’s note: In the UpCountry, we get the chance to celebrate the maple sugaring season over two weekends. This year, in the Berkshires, maple producers will open their sugarhouses on Maple Weekend, March 16 and 17. The… Continue reading How to be a backyard maple buff
“When you don’t work for something like this and you get it, you feel kind of embarrassed,” Linwood B. Lesure said, reviewing the events that made him the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of 1977. That wasn’t saying he had not earned the honor, the second one ever awarded by the American Forest Institute. Last year, a Florida tree farmer received the honor, and previously recognition was bestowed only by state and region.
That gas station down the road may be part of an aesthetically valid composition.
"Only in the city can one be so certain of the season. In the country, the issue is still in doubt. We cannot purchase proof of spring. What we have here is the mere best that God can do, which, as March runs into April, seems not to be much."
Howard C. Rice Jr. describes an UpCountry winter's role in creating literary history.