The first bright leaves appear incongruously on a hot, early August afternoon in the yard at Silloway’s sugarhouse. Just a couple miles south of the apple orchard at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Mondays are a good time to chat with Bette (Silloway) Lambert and her daughter Marilyn as they pack mail orders and make maple sugar. These two women are the powerhouses behind the marketing and production of the myriad maple goods on display at this maple palace. Not an exaggeration, the wood-fired arch gleams amidst the high ceilings and catwalk of this stunning structure. And it is not just a showcase, it is a working environment. Wood stacked in the yard attests to the fact that all the sap produced on Silloway Farm is boiled to syrup solely by wood. The 22,000-tap sugarwoods is managed by Marilyn’s brother, Paul, with the help of many family members and neighbors. Late winter and springtime find the whole family at work. Not just sugaring, either. Bette’s brother David owns and operates a 65-cow organic dairy at the age of 77. You get the feeling that work ethic matters to this old Vermont family.