Maple Sugaring FAQs

  • Do your products contain gluten?
  • NO.  Maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream and maple sugar contain no gluten.

  • Does taking sap from the tree, harm the tree?
  • Trees are only tapped once they reach a diameter of 10 to 12 inches.  Tapping a tree is similar to a human donating blood - only a small amount is taken for a short amount of time, so no harm is done.  

  • How much maple sap does it take to make a gallon of maple syrup?
  • The answer depends on how sweet the maple sap is. The sweeter the sap, the less it takes to make one gallon of syrup. However, a good rule of thumb is 40:1. It takes approximately 40 gallons of maple sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup. 

  • When is maple syrup season?
  • Here in western Massachusetts maple production season usually starts in mid/late February.  In the higher elevations boiling may not start until the first week in March.  The season usually lasts 4-6 weeks, all depending on the weather. Most producers here are done boiling by mid-April, when the night time temperatures remain above freezing and the tree buds begin to swell.