What a wonderful sound! This is what every sugar maker dreams of this time of year. Dreaming of days in the 40s and nights in the upper 20s. Conditions like these make for perfect sap collecting weather. Every sugar maker will tell you there is nothing better than the sight of a full bucket!
Maple sap is harvested from maple trees when the temperatures are above freezing during the day and below freezing at night. This creates the sap flow inside the trees. Maple sap is harvested using a maple spile. We drill a small hole 1.5 to 1.75 inches deep into a mature maple tree and either hang a bucket like the one picture above or connect the tree to a tubing network that brings all the sap to one collection location. Maple sap is on average 98% water and 2% sugar. It normally takes 40+ gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. We boil the water away in a traditional wood fired evaporator. This process not only removes the water but carmelizes the natural sugars to create the unmistakable flavor of pure maple syrup. Nothing is added. No chemicals. No additives. No preservatives. Nothing!
All of our maple products are made from this pure maple sap harvested and processed this way. We use our maple syrup to also make Maple Cream, Maple Cotton Candy, Maple Leaf Candy, Granular Maple Sugar, and more!
We strive to produce the highest quality all natural products that we can. It make take more time, some energy, a little more patience, and a lot of attention to details, but if we wouldn't feed it to our own family we definitely won't make it or grow it for yours.
Thank you for taking a moment out of you day to read a little bit about how we do things here at Crighton Family Farm. Be sure to follow along as we share our story amd our blessings.