The farm's main crop is between 600 and 800 gallons of Baystate Organic Certifiers Certified Organic Pure Maple Syrup. Syrup is produced each year from sap collected from 4000 taps and boiled to perfection in the farm's 5' x 14', wood-fired evaporator in sugar house we built in 1986. The farm's maple trees have long been known in town for producing high quality syrup with outstanding flavor. In years when production is off due to weather or other causes, we will sometimes need to purchase syrup from other local producers. Whenever this happens, we emphasize buying only excellent-flavored, Certified Organic syrup produced in the U.S.A. as close to our farm as possible.
During the maple production season, Norma, our son Jubal and I handle virtually all of the sugaring set up, boiling, and cleanup, including washing all of our miles of maple tubing to maximize cleanliness and sap quality. Norma is one of the very few full-time female sugar makers in the state, and is our primary tatse testter when we nneed to buy syrup. Now that Bill is fully retired from UMass, he focuses primarily on delivering syrup to our major retail outlets. Jubal is in charge of all of the packaging into retail containers. During the production season, a neighbor (Sara Bellows) who has worked for us the past several seasons helps out as well wiith all aspects of the work.