The farm's main crop is between 600 and 800 gallons of N.O.F.A. Massachusetts Certified Organic Pure Maple Syrup, produced each year from sap collected from 3000 taps and boiled to perfection in the farm's 5' x 14', wood-fired evaporator in sugar house we built in 1986. The farm's maple trees have long been known in town for producing high quality syrup with outstanding flavor. In years when production is off due to weather or other causes, we will sometimes need to purchase syrup from other local producers. Whenever this happens, we emphasize buying excellent-flavored, Certified Organic syrup, or, at minimum, syrup produced without prohibited materials in the U.S.A. as close to our farm as possible.
Norma handles virtually all of the sugaring set up, boiling, and cleanup, and all of the packaging into retail containers. She is one of the very few full-time female sugar makers in the state. Now that Bill is semi-retired from UMass, he helps as well, as does son Jubal, and a neighbor (Sara Bellows) who has worked for us the past two seasons. Bill handles the majority of deliveries to various retail outlets.