A Visit to Roxbury Mountain Maple in Hobart, NY
I’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.
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.
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.
781 Roxbury Mountain Road
Hobart, NY 13788