ABOUT OHIO’S MAPLE PRODUCTION
Producers & Production
• 900+ families produce Ohio maple syrup
• We are up to 7th generation producers
• We come from all walks of life
• Making maple is sustainable farming in action
• Many of us supplement farm income with maple
• We make about 100,000 gallons each year
• 70% of our maple syrup is sold “farm gate”
• We add $5-6 million to Ohio’s economy yearly
• Ohio averages 4th to 5th among 12 U.S. states
Maple Syrup Quick Facts
• 43-50 gallons of sap make 1 gallon of syrup
• We burn 1 cord of wood to make 20 gallons
• Sap is only 2-3% sugar
• Maple syrup is 66.5% sugar
• Maple syrup has 13g/Tbsp. carbohydrate
• Maple syrup weighs 11 pounds per gallon
Maple candy: molded maple sugar crystals
Maple Cream: semi-solid spread
Maple Fondant: fudge consistency
Maple Spread: same as cream
Maple Sugar: granular or molded maple sugar crystals
Maple Syrup: viscous liquid
Maple Taffy: non-crystallized solid
How we make pure maple syrup
In the spring when temperatures fluctuate between freezing at night and above freezing in the day, maple (Acer family) trees send sap from root to bud to assure there will be energy for leaves to open.
We drill small holes into the tree trunks to drain a small portion of the sap the tree won’t miss. Using buckets or tubing, we gather the pure, clear sap.
In the sugarhouse we boil away excess water on large pans over wood, oil or gas burners called evaporators, turning sap into rich, thick golden syrup. We then filter and bottle our simple, pure, all-natural product.
How We Grade Ohio Maple Syrup
Measured samples held up to the sun are matched to color standards.
Grade A Light Amber
First syrup of the season
Light straw color
Mildest maple taste
Used to make fine candy and cream
Grade A Medium Amber
Made early to midseason
Light brown color
Mild maple taste
Used on ice cream and yogurt
Grade A Dark Amber
Made later in the season
Dark brown color
Bold maple taste
Used on waffles and cereal
Last syrup of the season
Very dark brown color
Strong with caramel overtones
Used in baking and cooking
Easy Maple Syrup Uses
• Pour on waffles, pancakes, French toast
• Sweeten smoothies, tea and milkshakes
• Use on cereal, ice cream, yogurt
• Naturally sweeten grapefruit, coffee
• Glaze ham, carrots, squash and apples
• Stir into barbeque sauce and baked beans
• Give as an excellent “from Ohio” gift
Why Use Maple Syrup
It is pure and all-natural.
It contains no preservatives.
It is fat and cholesterol free.
It is low in sodium.
It has as much calcium as milk.
It is rich in minerals and B vitamins.
Producers & Production
How We Make
Pure Maple Syrup
How We Grade
Ohio Maple Syrup