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All About Maple

Information about maple syrup

Pure Maple Syrup is made only in the late winter/early spring when the trees are thawing out from a long winter's nap. Many books have been written explaining how to properly make Maple Syrup and experts from all over the maple belt like to offer advice on proper production techniques. However, making great tasting Maple Syrup is not something you learn about from a book. It is not something you learn from a class. Great syrup making is an art that takes years to perfect. It is a skill that is passed down from generation to generation through the most subtle ways.

We are grateful to Jim and Darlene Brown, formerly of Brown's Pure Maple Products, for passing this knowledge on to us.  They learned the art of Maple Syrup production from their mentors, and now they are passing that knowledge on to us, the next generation.  We hope that our children will pick up the torch and continue in the years to come.

Maple Syrup is graded by color.  The darker the color, the more pronounced the flavor.  Maple Syrup producers recently standardized the grading system, removing Grade B syrup.  Here is an explanation of the new grades:

Grade A Golden Color:  Delicate taste.  Formerly Grade A Light Amber or No. 1 Extra Light. As tradition goes, this is the first few runs of syrup at the beginning of the season, however with modern technology, we can produce this grade of syrup throughout most of the season. It has a fine pronounced sweetness with a delicate maple flavor. This syrup is desirable for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and as an ice cream topping if a delicate maple flavor is desired.

Grade A Amber Color:  Rich taste.  Formerly Grade A Medium Amber or No. 1 Light/Medium.  This syrup is by far the most popular choice for all purpose syrup. This grade has a rich full bodied taste that makes it the perfect compliment to most foods.  It is the gift of choice by many.  This grade used to be referred to as medium amber.

Grade A Dark Color:  Robust taste.  Formerly Grade A Dark Amber or No. 2 Amber.  It is less desirable as a table syrup but often preferred in baking and cooking because of its strong flavor.  This syrup is great to pour over baked apples or squash or use as a glaze on meats and vegetables.  Similar to a traditional dark amber colored syrup. 

Grade A Very Dark Color:  Very strong taste.  Formerly Grade B.  This is the darkest, most flavorful syrup available to consumers. 

Each of these grades of syrup are made the same way. The time of season the syrup was made or the condition of the sap collected will cause these variations in color.


Busy, busy, busy!November 26th, 2016

Wow!  I have neglected to update our blog in a REALLY long time!  We have just been so busy this fall, but I know that's not a good excuse. In September, we attended Munnell Run Farm's Field

Fall FestivalsOctober 11th, 2016

Our farm has been in a whirlwind the last few weeks preparing for and manning a booth at Clarion's Autumn Leaf Festival and then Franklin Applefest.  This was our first time at both of these fest

What's happening on the farmMay 19th, 2016

It has been very busy around here recently.  So busy that I haven't had time to post an update.  But today I'm making time. We are fencing in one of our hayfields for pasture.  Our hors