Updated: Feb 4, 2022
100% Pure Maple Syrup is made from the sap of Maple trees and ONLY Maple trees. The sap is collected in the early spring when the daytime temperature is above freezing and the nights are below freezing. Maple syrup is made by drilling a small hole in the tree, inserting a spout or "tap", collecting the sap, and then boiling off the excess water to concentrate and caramelize the natural sugars found in the sap. On average it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
All maple trees will make Maple Syrup. Sugar Maples normally have the highest sugar concentration but all maple sap will make syrup. We mainly tap sugar maples and red maples here at Crighton Family Farm and the surrounding woodlots. When the sap is running we boil it down on our Traditional Wood Fired Evaporator. Sometimes when you drive by you can see the steam billowing out of our "sugar shack".
The sap only "runs" from early February until late March or early April. Once the night time temperatures are no longer below freezing and the trees buds are "popping" open, the Maple season is over for another year. Lots of long hours go into making Pure Maple Syrup. Everyday that sap is collected we run the evaporator to ensure the freshest highest quality product possible.
Be sure to check back in a few days to find out about MAPLE CREAM! Some have called it "...More addicting than Crack!"