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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Northfield Ma

    Default Hobby farm upgrade.

    I'm retiring this year and am wondering what I have to to to upgrade my Sugaring operation so I can market my syrup.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2013


    What do you have now for an operation and what are your procedures for producing and packaging your syrup? Some of the things you can/should do are:
    Cleanness, Make sure your operation is clean.
    Proper density and packaging temperature.
    Proper grading and labeling.
    Good record keeping and accountability with every container.
    All stainless welded or lead free soldered equipment. There is a little leeway with this if you are not selling bulk but try for everything stainless and leadfree.
    Let us know what you have and I am sure we can help. Your not to far from me so if you would like to visit sometime let me know.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Loudon NH


    You would need to follow MA maple law as far as packaging and labeling is concerned. It wouldn't hurt to join your state maple producers association. In NH we get discounted pricing on association jugs and a lot of free promotion for maple month. Take bill m up on his offer to go visit. Maple producers like to share their knowledge and show off their operations.

    Congratulations on your retirement! Mine starts this Friday when I punch out for the last time.

    "Red Roof Maples" Where the term "boiling soda" was first introduced to the maple producing world!

    Algier 2x6 evaporator, W F Mason arch
    Lapierre 250 Turbo RO machine
    SP-22 vacuum pump
    1930 Ford Model AA Doodlebug tractor
    1971 IH 454 52hp diesel tractor
    A couple of Honda 4 wheelers
    About a dozen chainsaws and no chickens

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Albion PA


    Depending on your state you may need to have a inspection done and pay a fee. Check with your Ag dept, or food safety folks.
    Good luck! Marketing can be as much fun/ work as making it!
    Keep boiling!
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors


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