A Visit to Roxbury Mountain Maple in Hobart, NY

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A Visit to Roxbury Mountain Maple in Hobart, NY

 

Maple Syrup for sale at Roxbury Mountain MapleI’m a big fan of maple syrup, and have been for years (sorry, but no Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup for my home-made waffles or cottage cheese pancakes), so our visit to Roxbury Mountain Maple in Hobart, NY in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, this past weekend while we were in neighboring Roxbury for a family wedding was a real treat.

 

Do you know where maple syrup comes from?

 

No, not maple syrup trees, but close. Sap is gathered from sugar maple trees. The sap, I learned, is mostly water and so that must be boiled off to yield the syrup (the flyer from Roxbury Mountain Maple says 40 to 50 gallons of sap will yield a gallon of syrup). Current technology focuses on using reverse osmosis to remove a large percentage of the water and ultimately saving boiling time and energy.

 

Maple Syrup processing equipment

 

 

Traditionally sap was gathered by taps into buckets at individual trees – highly labor intensive and time consuming. Roxbury Mountain Maple now uses 350 miles of blue tubing to collect sap from 21,000 tree taps and take it downhill directly to the processing plant.

 

 

We had an opportunity to tour the plant, since no one was around other than one family member, and then to taste some maple butter, and of course purchase gifts for ourselves and friends. I remember visiting Vermont numerous times as a kid growing up since my Grandparents lived there, and I quickly grew fond of the maple sugar leaf candies. So, of course, in addition to bottles of syrup I had to snare some of these.

 

Maple syrup processing equipment

 

It was a fun visit, despite the cold (in the 30s, with off and on snow flurries!!) and well worth a trip should you be in the area.

 

Roxbury Mountain Maple

781 Roxbury Mountain Road

Hobart, NY  13788

(607) 538-1500

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff I am jealous and I live through your travels...some of us work for a living and if you like Maple Syrup since you are up that part of the world check out Vermont too:))Endre

May 17, 2016 04:46 PM #1
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Endre Barath, Jr. 

It was great fun visiting and learning more about how it is all done these days.

I don't recall visiting a syrup-making place in Vermont as a kid but I spent a lot of time there and the maple candy was definitely a highlight for me.

Jeff

May 17, 2016 11:32 PM #2
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Hi Jeff Dowler CRS I found your "story" very interesting, but I think I will stick with my Aunt Jemima. Maple syrup offends my sense of value. I realize it must be good, and if I had unlimited resources I might spend the "extra" money on it.

Bill Roberts

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I in fact had seen the process on a school field trip my daughter took some 20ish years ago to the NE states.  I'm a more watery syrup kind of person. Now you're going to have to share your cottage cheese pancake recipe

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Bill Roberts 

Well I get that. But I would not give up my maple syrup no how. It's worth the money IMO.

And the prices at this place were amazing. Wish we had brought more home! Better than anyplace I've found here!

Jeff

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Tammy Lankford, 

I haven't visited a place like this since I was a kid so it was great fun.

And I just emailed you the cottage cheese pancake recipe!

Jeff

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