Making Sugar the Old Fashioned Way
One of the Principles of Permaculture: Use and Value Renewable Resources
Tapping Our Maple Trees
2015 was our first year on the farm and we wasted no time to learn how to collect Maple Sap from some of our Maple Trees on the Farmstead. Some of these Trees are over 150 years old. That first year we tapped only 3 Trees and made around 15 pints of Syrup. Most people are unaware that the ratio of Sap to Syrup is around 40 to 1 which means it takes 40 pints of Sap just to get 1 pint of Syrup.
If you visit our Farm during March and April you will be able to sample the most Refreshing and Natural Energy Drink right out of the Tree. Maple Sap is our Drink of choice while we're gathering and boiling down the Sap to make our Syrup. We also sell our Pure Maple Sap during our season.
Our Expanded Sugar Bush
In 2016 our Sugar Bush multiplied and we went from just a few taps to over 50. Our sugar Bush is expanding again for 2017 and we are currently looking to upgrade our process of boiling and evaporating our Sap.
In order to be Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Our Syrup is Bottled in Glass Bottles rather than Plastic. Although this adds to our Processing Costs we feel our Bottles add to the Value of our Syrup and the bottles can be reused for salad dressings and condiments.
Our 100% Pure Maple Syrup is bottled in our 12 oz. Bottles. During our Maple Sugaring Season we call the 12 oz. is our 480 oz. Bottles. That's how much Maple Sap went into each Bottle. As we expand our Sugar Bush and our Processing we will be Offering additional Products in the Future.