Though we always wanted a farm-based business, maple syrup production was never on our radar. Julie was raised showing horses and goats, while I showed pigs and worked on a couple of local dairy farms. It wasn’t until Julie’s Great Uncle Andy stopped to see the new property that maple syrup entered the picture. “Sugar maple, sugar maple, sugar maple,” Andy said, pointing at trees as we drove down the lane. “You have a lot of sugar maples. You really should think about tapping them.”
So in 2012, we put in 100 taps on gravity tubing with the help of Uncle Andy. We hauled it 45 minutes away in Ford City, PA and he boiled the sap for us during the day while we were at work. We then would help him in the evening and weekends with filtering and bottling as well as clean up and firewood.