We use maple industry-approved practices throughout our sap and syrup production process. While our operation is not certified organic, we follow organic production principles.
We use modern tubing collection and reverse osmosis sap concentration, followed by high-efficiency wood-fired evaporation and finishing.
3.4oz (100mL) maple leafs, 8.5oz (250mL) flat & maple leafs, 12oz (355mL) flat bottles, 16.9oz (500mL) flat bottles, 33.8oz (1L) round jugs, and 64oz (1.89L) round jugs.
3.4oz (100mL), 8oz/half pint, 16oz/pint, 32oz/quart, 64oz/half gal, and 128oz/gallons.
We have a limited supply of Sycamore syrup available now in 200mL flat glass flasks.
We also have Syrup Straws available for sale and samples.
Please contact us if you're interested in bulk orders/pricing. We would be glad to supply large orders for wedding or party favors, special events, gifts, etc., and would be happy to work with you on different bottle types, sizes, and even your own label/tag design.
The Swan family has been making syrup since 2015, having tapped between 6 and 25 trees yearly until 2020. We made 60 gallons of syrup with a bit over 200 taps in 2021, and made a leap upwards to 200 gallons from nearly 800 taps in 2022. We now have roughly 1,050 maple taps, and over 50 sycamore taps. We have just a handful of maples at our house outside Hillsboro, where our sugar shack is located. Most of the trees we're tapping are leased from several landowners on the beautiful waters of Stamping Creek of the Greenbrier River, in addition to our partnership with the Yew Mountain Center in Lobelia.
There is a long history of maple syruping in the mountains of central and northern Appalachia. Nearly everyone we meet has a story (or many stories) from their youth or ancestors of making syrup, and home-scale evaporator setups about in our area. Some of the huge old trees we collect from are in obvious locations for ease of collection at long-gone farmsteads. Some are adjacent to long-gone sawmills and lumberyards. Some we think are virgin timber, somehow escaping the original logging of the area in high, cliff surrounded slopes, adjacent to National Forest land. The high elevation mountainsides in our area make for ideal habitat for trees young and old, and provide simplicity of collection with modern gravity-driven tubing collection systems. As with other local agricultural and forest products, we think our area produces some of the finest syrup in the world.
We are lovers of maple syrup and other maple sweets and products, and have a growing sweet tooth for additional tree syrups such as Sycamore, Black Walnut, Birch, Beech, Hickory... who knows what we'll try next year. We enjoy seeing the agricultural and tourism related value that this adventure brings. We are setting up operations with room to expand, and plan to continue build relationships and partnerships with more landowners, with an eye to adding tracts of trees in the Hillsboro area in coming years. We aim to provide an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative forest land management to traditional timbering. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a stand of trees for which you'd be interested talking about the possibilities and benefits of tapping and managing for non-timber forest products.
We are participating in Mountain State Maple Days in on February 18 and March 18, 2023. See their website: https://wvmspa.org/mountain-state-maple-days/ . Otherwise, don't hesitate to contact us for information on tours of our sugar house or primary sugarbush in Seebert any time. Additionally, we are partnering with area non-profits to help expand education about maple syrup as a non-timber forest product: http://www.wvforestfarming.org/
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