Our Maple Syrup Process

It All Starts in the Woods

Maple Syrup Tap
Maple syrup tap connected to lateral tubing

When the cold, blistery days of winter begin to shift towards the warming trends of spring, we begin placing taps on the maple trees in the sugarbush, with most of the maple trees being sugar and black maple.  This is the first step towards the production of maple syrup.

Maple syrup mainline with incoming laterals

These taps are connected to an interconnected network of tubing that protects the sap from debris, helps keep it cool in transport, and protects the woods from having to run heavy equipment for collection. Additionally, we utilize tapping guidelines that are heavily-geared towards the long-term protection and sustainability of the trees.

Driving the Water from the Sap

 

Maple Sap Evaporation
Steam rising from the evaporation process being run in the sugarhouse

At the end of the tubing is the sugarhouse. This is where the evaporation of water from the maple sap takes place, which is the process for how the sap is turned into maple syrup. This process is completed by our wood-fired evaporator.

Maple Syrup Evaporator
2.5′ x 10′ wood-fired evaporator

The evaporator is 2.5 feet wide and 10 feet long. When running at full capacity, the boiler will evaporate 75 gallons of water per hour. The evaporator is a combination of traditional roots and modern improvements. The traditional roots of our maple syrup production uses wood, a renewable energy that we can process on our own. And the modern improvements come in the former of a tighter air delivery system that increases combustion efficiency. The results are an evaporator that uses less wood, produces less pollution, and makes more maple syrup.

Packaging the Deliciousness

Maple Syrup Canning
Half gallon plastic container being filled.

As the syrup comes off the evaporator, it is checked to ensure it is at the proper density of 67° Brix (amount of sugar in the syrup). This is the ideal range for storage and flavor, it is also the high standard that the state of Vermont uses for their maple syrup. From there the syrup is filtered and assigned a grade based on appearance. The final step is to heat the maple syrup up to 185°F and package it into containers ready to be taken home and enjoyed.

Our maple syrup begins it’s long journey as sap in the maple trees on our farm, runs the food-grade tubing, evaporates on our wood-fired evaporator, and is packaged in our licensed and inspected sugarhouse. It is this intensive process that makes our maple syrup the pride of our farm

From our woods to your waffles! We hope that you enjoy our maple syrup as much as we enjoy making it!

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