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Maple syrup farming and sugaring

In the United States, maple syrup is mainly produced in the Northeast and the northern Midwest. To get 1 gallon of syrup one needs to evaporate nearly 45 gallons of row sap! So, if someone is considering starting their own maple enterprise, he must be ready to invest time, labor, and capital into it.

One of the safer ways to start a maple business is not producing the syrup itself but selling the gathered sap to other manufacturers. In this case, initial money input will be lower and a maple amateur has more time to learn better maple tapping techniques and gain essential experience.

As long as maple syrup production requires vast resources (both human and natural), numerous operations, and facilities, it is no wonder that usually it is a family-owned business. One does need a lot of time and hands to tap thousands of maple trees, work during the winter-spring harvest, and, eventually, process the sap into pure syrup.

The equipment set for maple sap collection and syrup production is large and diverse. Buckets, drills, quality containers for storing, an evaporator, vents, electronic thermometers, filters, and these are only a small part of all tools vendors use in their daily routine. Moreover, before starting your maple sugaring business, your production facility would need to be inspected by an inspector from the local Department of Agriculture to make sure your infrastructure meets established production and health standards.

Before pouring the syrup into bottles, farmers will take a long, challenging, nevertheless, rewarding year-long journey of making pure liquid gold that brings people so much joy and benefits!