Maple Sugaring – History

Maine Maple Sugaring History

The History of Maple Sugaring and Production in Maine

Maine has a long history of Maple Sugaring going back to the Native American tribes of the Northeast. Up until the 1800’s, Maple sugar was the primary form of sugar used in the United States. Once the sugar cane industry opened in the Caribbean Islands in the 1800’s, Maple syrup became a delicacy. As the demand for local and organic foods has increased, Maple syrup has grown in popularity as an organic and preservative-free option for sweetening. Ask us about ME Maple Producers or share your Maine Maple Sugaring comments. To feature your Maine Maple business, contact us.

History of Maple Sugaring – Maple Syrup Production

A Brief History of Maine Maple Syrup and Sugaring

The first people to make maple sugar were the Native American tribes of the Northeast, who used it as a flavoring for bread, stews, teas, and vegetables. Native Americans also traded maple sugar for other products they needed. The French and English colonists were delighted with the taste of maple sugar, and eventually, they learned the process of making it from the Native Americans. Maple sugar became the principal sweetener in North America. (Native Americans and colonists could not store maple syrup easily, so they used the dry form.) When cane sugar was introduced, New Englanders still preferred maple sugar because it was much cheaper and did not involve West Indian slave labor.

Once a staple of American life, the sweet products of the maple tree are now specialty items. Over the years, the price of cane sugar fell dramatically, and now cane sugar is the variety most Americans use every day. The popularity of Maple syrup keeps New England sugarhouses going. As anyone who has ever tasted it knows, genuine Maple syrup has a taste and texture that the imitations just cannot match. (In Quebec, cheap imitation maple syrup is called “sirop de poteau” or “pole syrup”, suggesting that it was made by tapping telephone poles. We couldn’t agree more.)

Production of Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar

When the weather conditions are right, sugarmakers will head into their stand of trees, usually called maple orchards or sugarbushes, in late February and begin drilling small holes into the trunks of their maple trees. If all goes well, a clear, slightly sweet liquid will slowly drip from the spiles into buckets or into a pipeline that will carry the sap to a central collection point.

The highest quality syrup is made from the freshest and cleanest sap. If not immediately tended, the sap will deteriorate and the resulting syrup will not meet maple connoisseurs’ high standards. Maine sugar shacks house huge evaporator pans fired by wood, oil, or gas to heat the sap to the boiling point. Billows of steam escape through a vent or cupola atop the shack, where the aroma travels on the air for all to enjoy.

It takes long hours and perseverance to produce Maine maple syrup worthy of the name. The boil-down process is especially tedious, continuing for hours in order to eliminate all water content from the sap. Once the boiling process is complete, the delectable golden brew is filtered and packed for distribution to eager consumers around the world. The Maine Department of Agriculture administers stringent quality requirements on the making and selling of Maine maple products.

Changes in Maple Syrup Production Methods

Because maple syrup is a natural product, the process of making it has changed little over the centuries. The main improvements have been in the materials used for collecting and boiling the sap. Native Americans had cut slashes in the trees and collected the sap in containers made of bark or hollowed-out logs. Colonists were concerned that slashing the trees with axes harmed the trees, and they began drilling small holes into the tree and inserting a wooden tube. The tube allowed the sap to flow out.

The process of collecting the sap with buckets was quite time-consuming. Over time, people began to use horses, oxen, or tractors to haul the sap to the sugarhouse. Most modern sugarmakers use plastic tubes to carry the sap from each tree to a central location. Plastic tubes also protect the sap from dirt and bacteria.

New materials have also made the process of boiling the sap more efficient. The Native Americans had used hot rocks to heat the sap. Colonists used wood fires and kettles made of cast iron, a material they had brought with them from Europe. In the late 1800’s, people began using flat-bottomed tin pans instead of iron kettles because they provided more even heat. Recently, many sugarmakers have replaced their wood-fired evaporators with ones that use oil.

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Maine Maple Syrup

  • FLAVOR PROFILE: The darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor. Our Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste maple syrup is the darkest grade available, providing a strong and hearty maple flavor. Great for all around use including table top and cooking.
  • SUSTAINABLY SOURCED: At Butternut Mountain Farm we are committed to giving you 100% pure Vermont maple syrup. The farmers with whom we work with understand maple and share our commitment to maintaining the health and sustainability of our forests.
  • QUALITY STORY: Our pure maple syrup is carefully selected to ensure the product you receive is of the highest quality. With our strict quality standards, we can trace every drop of syrup from farm to table.
  • PACKAGING BENEFITS: Easy-open, easy-pour, jugs are tamper-evident with an inner seal. They ship well, so they make excellent gifts. Syrup stored in BPA-free plastic jugs retains its natural flavor better than in traditional tin containers.
  • OTHER USES: Use in coffee/tea, cocktails or over cereal, fruit, yogurt or pudding. Add to baked beans, apple pies, pickles and stir fries. Makes a delicious marinade or sauce. Great as a gift.
  • That's why our Grade A maple syrup is renowned for its wonderful flavor, color and consistency
  • Most use it on pancakes, waffles or French toast, but the possibilities are endless
  • Each serving of Maple Grove Farms Pure Maple Syrup contains no high fructose corn syrup, fat, sodium or cholesterol
  • As the largest packer of pure maple syrup in the country, we go out of our way to provide you with the finest maple syrup possible
  • There's nothing quite so good as pure maple syrup
  • Tastes Like Real Maple Syrup: The perfect mix of water, tapioca fiber, non-GMO Lakanto Monkfruit Extract, natural flavors, sea salt, and other quality ingredients makes this sugar free maple syrup a perfect topping for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, granola, frostings, marinades, salad dressings, and other sweet, sugar free treats. You may also use it with beverages like coffee and tea.
  • Delicious Sugar Free Condiment: Our keto sugar free syrup has 1 net carb and lower calories than traditional maple syrup. Plus, it’s all natural, low glycemic, and gluten free.
  • Lifestyle Friendly: Lakanto Sugar Free Maple Flavored Syrup works with ketogenic, diabetic, candida, paleo, vegan, low sugar, non-GMO, and all natural diets. Diabetics and dieters alike can enjoy the texture, taste, and sweetness of syrup without spiking their glycemic index.
  • Refrigerate After Opening: For best results, we suggest to consume Lakanto’s low carb sugar free syrup within 90 days after breaking the safety seal and refrigerate after opening.
  • The Ultimate Breakfast: Our syrup is vegan, all natural, and does not contain any artificial ingredients. This maple sugar free syrup makes a great topping and additive for a healthy lifestyle. For the ultimate ketogenic breakfast, savor the rich, smooth, maple-like flavor of our syrup on top of Lakanto Pancake and Baking Mix.
  • Mrs. Butterworth's original recipe that you've come to know and love
  • Perfect topping for pancakes and waffles
  • Thick, rich, and buttery flavor
  • Delicious way to start the day
  • Kosher certified
  • Syrlo tastes like the "good stuff". Naturally sweetened with allulose, our keto syrup packs the great maple flavor you crave, without all the sugar and calories. So I guess you could say that because of Allulose, all-you-lose with our keto pancake syrup is the stuff you never wanted in the first place!
  • Perfect maple syrup for low carb, sugar free and keto lifestyles. Just because you decide to embrace your health goals and follow a healthy diet doesn’t mean that sweet cravings don’t still hit from time to time. Our sugar free maple syrup allows you to satisfy that sweet tooth while sticking to your healthy lifestyle - and that’s always a good thing.
  • Good eatin’, no cheatin’. At Livlo, we believe in balance. We’re committed to making products like this keto maple syrup to keep you happy AND healthy. Because at the end of the day, what good is one with out the other?
  • A world of sweet, healthy possibilities. Just like the traditional option from our neighbors to the north, our sugar free syrup is perfect on low carb pancakes or waffles, drizzled over yogurt or popcorn or even stirred into your favorite recipes that use traditional maple syrup.
  • Great with your favorite Livlo foods. Our pancake syrup puts a maple-flavored twist on your Livlo favorites. Try Syrlō keto maple syrup with Granolō (our low carb granola), or make french toast with our gluten free, keto-friendly bread mix!
  • Perfect topping for pancakes and waffles
  • Delectable flavor of butter in an easy pour bottle
  • 36 ounces of syrup at a 24 ounce price
  • Delicious way to start the day
  • Kosher certified
  • 100% ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP: Coomb’s Family Farms makes high quality 100% organic Vermont maple syrup perfect for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and any other recipe. Harvested from ancient sugar maple trees and hand crafted using traditional, artisanal health spout taps, our syrup is a pantry staple.
  • GRADE A DARK COLOR AND ROBUST FLAVOR: With a deep hue and robust maple flavors, this versatile Grade A syrup is great as a topping and for cooking. Its strong maple flavor also lends itself to meat glazes, grill marinades, and on top of waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.
  • RESPONSIBLY SOURCED: Coombs Family Farms has produced organic, great tasting maple syrup for seven generations. We farm our own land, produce 100% organic maple syrup and package our own pure maple products. Coombs also sources maple syrup from over 3,000 small independent family farms that share our commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, and sustainable forest management.
  • “A NATURAL FOOD”: This 100% organic Vermont maple syrup is harvested from pesticide free farms. Containing no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes, this Grade A syrup is non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, and Kosher Certified.
  • PROTECT A WAY OF LIFE: At Coombs Family Farms, we support small family farms because we believe they provide more than high quality food. They help restore those lost feelings of connection and meaning by providing opportunities for us to play a better role in determining where the foods we eat come from, how our food is produced, and how it gets to our table. Small farms also strengthen rural economies, preserve important ecosystems, and protect a way of life that is increasingly under threat.
  • Certified Organic/Kosher
  • Packaging may slightly vary from the above image.
  • Deep Rich Flavor
  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Pure Maple Syrup is perfect for adding to pancakes, yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, recipes and more.
  • 100% ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP: Coomb’s Family Farms makes high quality 100% organic Vermont maple syrup perfect for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and any other recipe. Harvested from ancient sugar maple trees and hand crafted using traditional, artisanal health spout taps, our syrup is a pantry staple.
  • GRADE A DARK COLOR AND ROBUST FLAVOR: With a deep hue and robust maple flavors, this versatile Grade A syrup is great as a topping and for cooking. Its strong maple flavor also lends itself to meat glazes, grill marinades, and on top of waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.
  • RESPONSIBLY SOURCED: Coombs Family Farms has produced pure, great tasting maple syrup for seven generations. We farm our own land, produce 100% organic maple syrup and package our own pure maple products. Coombs also sources maple syrup from over 3,000 small independent family farms that share our commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, and sustainable forest management.
  • “A NATURAL FOOD”: This 100% organic Vermont maple syrup is harvested from pesticide free farms. Containing no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes, this Grade A syrup is non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, and Kosher Certified.
  • PROTECT A WAY OF LIFE: At Coombs Family Farms, we support small family farms because we believe they provide more than high quality food. They help restore those lost feelings of connection and meaning by providing opportunities for us to play a better role in determining where the foods we eat come from, how our food is produced, and how it gets to our table. Small farms also strengthen rural economies, preserve important ecosystems, and protect a way of life that is increasingly under threat.
  • Certified Organic
  • 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Crafted with superior flavor and exceptional quality in Dutchess County, NY

Maine Maple Products

  • DISTINCTIVE SCENTS OF WASHINGTON: Sipping earl grey tea in the morning while bundled up on a rainy day captures the essence of soft downpours in Washington. This 13.75 oz scented candle is the perfect accessory for your home and office as it will bring back memories through nostalgic scents. Natural and sustainable materials with fragrant Top Notes of Maple, Bergamot, Patchouli; Mid Notes: Rhododendron, Cedarwood; Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla.
  • THE PERFECT CANDLE: This 13.75 oz scented candle is the perfect accessory for your home and office as it will bring back memories through nostalgic scents.
  • POURED IN SMALL BATCHES: With an average burn time of 60-80 hours, this Homesick Premium Scented Candle is hand-poured in the USA with a natural soy wax blend. A perfect scented candle for calm and meditation.
  • CANDLE CARE: We recommend keeping the organic cotton wick trimmed at ¼ inches and burning it for 2-3 hours at a time. IMPORTANT: Extinguish flame completely when finished.
  • Made with supersuede fabric for quick-dry
  • Elastic waistband
  • Back pocket
  • Drawcord closure
  • Ocean print allover
  • Nature Nate's 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey is a sweetener as nature intended. One ingredient: Honey. All we add is the bottle
  • Packaged in a 32-oz. bottle, our pure honey pairs nicely with granola, yogurt, coffee, tea, and any food needing a drizzle of natural sweetness. This unfiltered honey contains all the natural benefits of honey straight from the hive and has been tested to ensure it’s clean of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and manufactured additives
  • Our blend is crafted for exceptional taste, granting us an award-winning flavor through ChefsBest
  • Our honey is raw & unfiltered meaning it is gently warmed for pourability and unfiltered to keep the natural good stuff like pollen intact
  • Contains - 1 - 85 Ounce Box of Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • Our soft crunchy sea salt flakes have a fresh intensity and clean taste containing the perfect balance of natural minerals to enhance any dish
  • Maldon salt is a prestigious and unique product known for its flavor and quality and sought after by the health-conscious and gourmets alike
  • Maldon salt is perfect to elevate your classic cocktail to the next level by seasoning or decorating
  • Pure and natural, no additives - Since 1882, Maldon Salt has been made with the same traditional artisan methods
  • Ultimate potting soil that has everything your plants need in one bag
  • Ocean Forest is pH adjusted at 6.3 to 6.8 to allow for optimum fertilizer uptake
  • Ocean Forest has a light, aerated texture that's perfect for indoor and outdoor plants
  • Product may arrive in a WHITE bag that was added as an extra layer of protection for shipping
  • Elderberry Syrup: Elderberries, the fruit of the Sambucus tree, have been used for generations — it’s even been said that Hippocrates, “the father of medicine,” referred to the elder tree as his “medicine chest!” With our delicious Liquid Elderberry, you can easily take this by mouth as a tincture or add it to your favorite beverage.
  • Multiple Benefits: With this delicious raspberry & blueberry flavored liquid, receive the benefits of Elderberry and feel confident that you are supporting your immune system and overall health. Our Organic Elderberry Liquid Drops can be taken as a tincture, added to your favorite fruit smoothie, or mixed in with MaryRuth’s Multivitamin or Multiminerals.
  • Vegan Formula: Original Formula — Per Serving (30 Drops): 150 mg Organic European Elder Berry Extract. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Glycerin, Citric Acid, Organic Raspberry and Organic Blueberry Flavors. Each bottle comes with 30 servings. Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Easy-to-Take Liquid Drops: Shake well before each use. Add to water or take directly. Follow dosage chart: 1 - 3 years: Up to 7 drops (35 mg), 4 - 13 years: 15 drops or ⅓ dropper (75 mg), 14 years and up: Up to 30 drops or ⅔ dropper (150 mg), For Intensive Use: Up to 4 times daily.
  • For Most Lifestyles: Elderberry Syrup by MaryRuth's USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, Made in a GMP Facility, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Gluten & Wheat Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Sugar Free, Formulated for the Whole Family.
  • FLAVOR PROFILE: The darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor. Our Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste maple syrup is the darkest grade available, providing a strong and hearty maple flavor. Great for all around use including table top and cooking.
  • SUSTAINABLY SOURCED: At Butternut Mountain Farm we are committed to giving you 100% pure Vermont maple syrup. The farmers with whom we work with understand maple and share our commitment to maintaining the health and sustainability of our forests.
  • QUALITY STORY: Our pure maple syrup is carefully selected to ensure the product you receive is of the highest quality. With our strict quality standards, we can trace every drop of syrup from farm to table.
  • PACKAGING BENEFITS: Easy-open, easy-pour, jugs are tamper-evident with an inner seal. They ship well, so they make excellent gifts. Syrup stored in BPA-free plastic jugs retains its natural flavor better than in traditional tin containers.
  • OTHER USES: Use in coffee/tea, cocktails or over cereal, fruit, yogurt or pudding. Add to baked beans, apple pies, pickles and stir fries. Makes a delicious marinade or sauce. Great as a gift.
  • MAY HELP PREVENT AND ELIMINATE HAIRBALLS - Vegetable oil and soybean oil helps lubricate the intestinal tract.
  • PROMOTES HEALTHY SKIN AND GLOSSY COAT- Regular use along with daily brushing will help with the reduction of hairballs.
  • GREAT TASTE: Tasty chicken or salmon-flavor appeals to even the pickiest cats.
  • MADE BY VETS: Formulated by veterinarians, all Nutri-Vet products are made to the highest standards of quality and consistency.
  • MADE IN USA with globally sourced ingredients - Made in the USA with premium ingredients you can trust. All Nutri-Vet supplements carry the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) quality seal.

Maine Maple Producers by Region

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Discover Maine Maple Producers by region. Aroostook, Downeast, Katahdin, Kennebec, Lakes, Mid-Coast, Portland and South-Coast.

Aroostook ME Maple Producers
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle
Downeast & Acadia ME Maple Producers
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
Katahdin & Moosehead ME Maple Producers
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono
Kennebec & Moose River ME Maple Producers
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
Lakes & Mountains ME Maple Producers
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
Midcoast ME Maple Producers
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
Greater Portland ME Maple Producers
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
South Coastal Maine Maple Producers
Biddeford, Kennebunk, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York


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