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commodating the marketing demand for bottle sizes, a policy that allows the sugar bush to efficiently store and main- tain a saleable inventory.


Retail Store


Te Jorns’ Sugar Bush retail store, managed by Roland’s wife Donna, is open year round to customers, offering not only maple syrup but other related products. Some of the syrup is whole- saled, some sold to local restaurants, and some to mail order customers.


The retail store at Jorns’ Sugar Bush offers an array of products from Dixie Jams to Uncle Tom’s Pancake Mix and, of course, their own maple syrup.


that forces the liquid under pressure through membranes that remove 80 percent of the water. From that ma- chine, the sap is pumped into a four-by-


Making Maple Syrup at Home


Making maple syrup at home as a family project does not require sophisticated equipment. Locate a hardwood maple tree that you may use, purchase inexpensive spiles (locally Nelson’s Hardware carries them), and get a plastic bucket to collect the sap. Drill an appropri- ately sized hole in the tree, tap in the spile, hang the uncovered pail, and you are in business. Boil the sap in a stockpot on your kitchen stovetop or outside on a gas grill, remembering that the reduction is approximately 40-to-1, but relying mostly on the taste of your product.


sixteen-foot evaporator that contains a series of chambers in which the liquid is heated to the boiling point. Each day, after being calibrated to account for barometric pressure, the evaporator automatically controls the temperature necessary for the syrup to reach the pre- cise state of concentration that meets regulation standards.


4. Storing the maple syrup. From


the evaporator the hot finished syrup is pumped through a series of filters to remove “sugar sand” (a naturally occur- ring silicon) and into sterile 55-gallon steel barrels for storage. Te syrup may be kept safely in barrels for two or three years.


5. Bottling the syrup. Te bottling process occurs throughout the year ac-


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sells it! Donna keeps busy. Every day I take a couple of packages to the UPS.”


Mail orders come from everywhere,


on occasion even from Quebec and Ver- mont, both maple syrup capitals, and sometimes from as far away as Europe.


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