The journey of a drop of sap:
1. Trees are tapped each spring and a spout is placed in the new hole. The sap will run for 6-8 weeks while temperatures are slightly above freezing during the day and below freezing at night.
2. When ideal temperatures are realized, the sap flows through a tubing system into a collection tank.
3. Sap is collected daily and then transported to the sugar shack for processing.
4. Raw sap is boiled quickly after collection to ensure product quality. On average, it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup, with an average sugar content of 2 percent.
5. The sap is boiled over a modern, wood fired evaporator. This process develops the rich maple flavor and removes the water. The syrup equipment is stainless steel and completely free of lead.
6. Sap is boiled until it reaches the correct density of maple syrup.
7. Once the density has been achieved, the finished syrup is drawn off the evaporator.
8. The syrup is filtered, bottled and labeled.
Finally, it’s off to the customer to enjoy!