So, I heard you are looking for some delicious maple syrup and of course, you do not want to pay too much for it and ideally, you would want it on your table right now. Is that right?
All maple syrup is created equal, at the beginning...
Making maple syrup is hard work and a lifetime of passion and experience can certainly help to produce first quality maple syrup. The equipment used is particularly important and will play a huge part in the maple syrup taste, color and mineral composition. However, the taste you'll get is mostly determined by the forest.
Maple syrup sap is alive
Sap is made from water sourced in the soil which is drawn by the trees roots upward by negative pressure and send through the trees trunks to branches and then buds every spring. It's composed of a few hundred minerals, antioxidants, and different sugars to feed the bloom for the new approaching season. The sugars present in the sap are stored in the tree roots and are a blend of 10 summers of photosynthesis activity. Fascinating, right?
That is why the forest, its soil, maple trees and companion trees are the most important part of the maple syrup production. The trees are alive and they provide us with living sap. Our forest is our greatest partner and taking care of it is over 80% of our workload, 10 months a year.
Now that you know why sap and the forest is so primordial in maple syrup's taste, you can understand why blending maple syrup is a capital sin for us. Unless you buy maple syrup directly from a local producer (like us!), the maple syrup sold to you is in most cases sold to the supermarket by a big packer, not a local producer.
To save cost, big packers will blend maple syrup from hundreds of producers, from multiple crops. They will also balance taste and color to get a uniform looking syrup but this lowers the quality and of course, you taste the difference. Unfortunately, they do that to reduce their cost and improve their margins on their blends, which in our opinion is unthinkable.
That is why you can find the cheapest maple syrup at groceries, it's because they are blends. Get behind your local producers, buy locally if available and if not, we are there for you. Find our authentic maple syrup right here.
Did you know that maple syrup contains 67 polyphenols and is an excellent source of calcium, riboflavin and manganese?