Thank you for visiting Nightingale's Maple Farm online. Maple season is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to seeing you this spring at our annual open house event. Of course you don't have to wait till then if you are out of syrup now, the store is open all year. Please feel free to call us directly at (518)882-9334, or use the Contact Us page.
If only it was this easy!
Many folks are surprised to learn that the sap which flows from maple trees is a colorless liquid with only the slightest hint of sweetness. The sugar content of raw tree sap is usually between 1% and 2%, which means that it requires about 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon maple syrup.
Buckets vs. Tubing
In bygone years, the collection of sap was mainly done using open buckets as you see pictured here. Some low volume producers and "do it yourselfers" still use this method.
In the late 1970's, vinyl tubing began to be employed as an alternate method of sap collection. Most producers use this method as it has several advantages. The obvious one is that it is a labor saver, but it also helps to keep the sap contaminant free until it can be processed.
The heart of the operation is this state of the art stainless steel evaporator. This unit is designed to operate at high efficiency. Steam from one pan boils the sap in another, and preheats the incoming sap before exiting the building.