Upstate Syrup Meets Manhattan Foodies

We often tell customers that maple syrup has many uses. The creative minds at Black Tree know this, too, and recently began cooking our products into their signature dishes. (They’re definitely not a pancake house.) Their menu features “seasonal, fresh and innovative” and includes locally-sourced products.

The East Pole also started using our maple in their meals. They offer “elevated home cooking” and a whole lot of class. They’re also housed in a brown-stone, which is pretty cool.

We’re grateful our list of restaurant affiliates keeps growing. If you get the chance, be sure to stop in and give these establishments a try; your weekend is planned!

How Much Sap does a Single Tree Produce Each Year?

As any farmer will tell you, there is no sure way to precisely predict how much a plant will yield each year. Part of the adventure (or occasional headache) of farming comes from variables that contribute to a harvest. We plan as much as possible, but snow, rain, sun, and many other natural factors, contribute to how much is produced.spigot

Trees come with their own variables. Size is one consideration, as is the health of a tree. In general, though, we expect between 15 – 20 gallons of sap from each tap. We attach one or two taps to a tree depending on its size. Using vacuum-sealed lines connecting the trees to the holding tanks maximizes the yield.

An optimal sapping season will last for as long as three months, with the thermometer reading in the 40’s during the day and dropping below freezing at night. The longer the season lasts the more sap we can expect from the trees.

Of course, the sap must then be boiled down to produce maple syrup, so 15 – 20 gallons from each tap equals much less volume of the final product.

We always encourage our customers to make a trip to the beautiful Catskill Mountains of upstate New York to check out and even learn about the tapping process!

Nutritional Information

Did you know that maple syrup contains an abundance of naturally occurring minerals? It has been proven that maple syrup contains many minerals, such as calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Also, much like bananas and broccoli, it’s a natural source of antioxidants.

Researches have said that antioxidants can help prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, support the immune system, and even slow the effects of aging! Maple syrup contains many additional nutrients, and has one of the lowest calorie levels of any common sweetener.

Researchers have found that maple syrup contains large amounts of phenolic compounds; these compounds are commonly found in plants, blueberries, tea, red wine and flax seed.

So why not satisfy that sweet tooth of yours with some good old fashioned, naturally tapped maple syrup from Roxbury Mountain?

What is the Shelf-Life of Maple Syrup?

Since we properly fill and seal our containers, our maple syrup is good for years! Once you open and start using our great tasting maple syrup, it will keep in the refrigerator for months, as it is a natural sugar and does not spoil.

The shelf-life for uncoated maple candy is about two weeks, on the shelf or in the refrigerator.

For coated maple candy, the shelf life is around six months when kept at room temperature; coated maple syrup candy should not be kept in the refrigerator.

The shelf-life for maple cream is about two months in the fridge, but you can also keep it frozen for a long period of time.

Because our maple syrup is so fresh and tasty you and your family will probably want to eat it right away; this blog is set up just as an FYI, in case you are able to fight the urge to eat all of our syrup in one sitting!

For more information, or to place an order please contact Roxbury Mountain Maple at 607-538-1500.

Sugar Rush

The harsh weather this winter and early spring delayed our sugaring season; however, the increase in temperatures over the last couple of weeks has finally sent the sap coursing throughthe maples and down the lines to the sugar house.

We are now busy turning that sap into fresh and delicious maple syrup. The cold winter is behind us at last, and the maple syrup is flowing again. Each sugar bush produces syrup with a unique taste, and here at Roxbury Mountain Maple it has a distinctively rich maple flavor that sets it apart.

In recent years, when the winters were mild, we were able to start the tapping process in mid-February in time for an early sap run. This year, however, we weren’t able to start making syrup until mid-March. Thankfully, we have been blessed with warm days and cool nights this month,and we hope to continue making syrup well into April. The ideal conditions for keeping the sap flowing are mild days, with freezing temperatures at night. The snow in the forecast is actually great news, as this will keep the trees from budding.  Once the buds come out, we know the sugaring season will soon end.

Not to worry, our supply of syrup should hold us over until next season, so delicious maple syrup is available year round. To order and have it shipped to directly to your home give Roxbury Mountain Maple a call at 607-538-1500, or shop online.


Cooking with Maple Syrup

As everyone knows, maple syrup goes great with waffles and pancakes, but it also goes well with other dishes; one such dish that people just can’t get enough of is the Sweet oven-baked Grits and Millet with pecans and maple syrup.

This breakfast food takes a little bit longer to prepare, as it takes about an hour and twenty minutes to make, so it might be more practical for a weekend breakfast.

When you mix the grits with the high protein millet, you get a nice fine texture, as well as a nuttier taste. When you add our natural maple syrup, you get a sweet everlasting taste mixed in with the fine proteins of the millet!

Thanks to the New York Times, here are some of the ingredients that will help make your breakfast a special one:

  • Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • ½ cup of corn or hominy grits
  • ½ of millet
  • ¾ or 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of our naturally tapped maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of lightly toasted, chopped pecans
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Heat a 9 to 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat, and add the grits and millet. Be sure to stir it over the heat for 3 to 5 minutes, and then remove from heat and add salt and water while still stirring.
  • Place the pan in the oven and cook for about 50 minutes.
  • After the 50 minutes add in butter and our maple syrup, stir and place it back into the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the mixture is no longer watery.
  • Remove from the heat and serve your breakfast guests; you can top off each bowl with more maple syrup, to add even more flavor to the dish!

Here at Roxbury Mountain Maple, we tap our own natural maple syrup in New York, and even sell it online. We will bottle up as much maple syrup as you need, and ship it your way! Maple syrup is great for cooking ingredients, as well as birthday presents and wedding flavors.

For more information and to order syrup online click here, or give us a call at 607-538-1500.

Burn Off Steam This Weekend

Still crying because you couldn’t make it to our last Maple Weekend? Dry you tears. We’re throwing open the doors to our sugar house this Saturday and Sunday and hope you’ll walk right in. The sap is running, which means you’ll get to try warm syrup right out of the evaporator.

These’s no better way to spend the weekend. We hope to see you! Stop in any time between 12 – 6PM.

You can do any and all of the following during your visit:

  • Sample award winning maple syrup.
  • Experience the process that goes into producing maple syrup.
  • Discover the woods where it all begins.
  • Enjoy free samples of delicious maple confections on homemade pastries.
  • Bring your kids. There is an adorable calf waiting to meet them.
  • Learn the craft behind candy-making.
  • Drink in the beauty of upstate New York. It’s worth the trip.
  •  Tour our state of the art sugar house.
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    More on Maple Weekend 2014

    The crew at Roxbury Mountain Maple learns more about the art of making maple syrup year by year. While many of you may not know too much about how this form of liquid gold is made, we are opening our doors to you this weekend, March 22-23, and next weekend,  March 29-30, offering you the chance to learn about the process.

    Maple Syrup is only made for a couple of months each year, although this can vary drastically based on the weather.  You are always more than welcome to stop by our maple house anytime during the year, but we are officially unrolling the welcome mat this weekend and next! We are so excited to show our customers the process that goes into producing our delicious, all natural syrup.


    In fact, maple producers all over the region will be opening their sap houses to the public on the weekends of March 22-23 and March 29-30. This is an annual event, encouraging people to experience the camaraderie and fun of the maple season.


    At Roxbury Mountain Maple we’ll be boiling off, giving tours of the sugar-bush and sap house, and serving free pastries and coffee in our charming country store.

    Our animals are usually a part of the fun, too, so be sure to bring your kids; you will get to enjoy the livestock, chickens, roosters, and other animals we raise at Roxbury Mountain Maple!










    We’d invite Aunt Jemima, but she’s a little too embarrassed to show up.

    For more about the regional event, please visit:, or give Roxbury Mountain a call at 607-538-1500.

    Saturday and Sunday
    March 22-23, 2014.

    Saturday and Sunday
    March 29-30, 2014.

    New York Maple Weekend 2014

    It’s sugaring season, and sugar houses all over New York will be opening their doors to welcome guests March 22-23rd & 29-30th. You can go to the official Maple Weekend website for directions and further details at:

    Visit Roxbury Mountain Maple between 1:00PM and 7:00PM and enjoy fun activities and delicious, free samples. We hope you will stop by and make yourselves at home.

    While you are here:

    •  Tour our state of the art sugar house.
    • Sample award winning maple syrup.
    • Experience the process that goes into producing maple syrup.
    • Discover the woods where it all begins.
    • Enjoy free samples of delicious maple confections on homemade pastries.
    • Bring your kids. There is an adorable calf waiting to meet them.
    • Learn the craft behind candy-making.
    • Drink in the beauty of Upstate New York. It’s worth the trip.

    We Can’t Wait to See You!

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    It’s Tapping Time!

    The woods are full of activity as we ready for sugaring season. It’s tapping time! “Tapping” refers to the process of drilling holes in the maple trees and then connecting the trees to the network of tubing that leads to the sugar house. When the temperatures are warmer in the day time, but still cold at night, sap rushes through the tubing and is collected for boiling. Here is what the tapping process entails:

    The hole drilled in the Maple tree looks like this:



    In the old days, before the use of tubing, each hole was fitted with a spigot (like the one in the picture below) and bucket. We still hang buckets on trees that aren’t easily accessible.


    The majority of our 9,000+ taps are connected by over a hundred miles of plastic tubing.

    Lines in the Winter

    And yes, everyone of those trees is connected by hand, through the efforts of our amazing team, who walk miles and miles to supply Roxbury Mountain Maple syrup for your table.