Vermont syrup-makers have sweet year

Accommodating weather and a boost in the number of maple trees tapped are being credited for a bumper 2009 maple syrup crop.

Sugar makers in Vermont and elsewhere produced 2.3 million gallons this winter, the most in at least 65 years, according to New England Agricultural Statistics.

That's good news for cost-conscious pancake eaters and maple-loving cooks: The high supply could help keep per-gallon prices in check after a year in which they soared past $65 due to depleted supplies.