In the years leading up to the American Civil War some abolitionists boycotted cane sugar, which was primarily harvested and processed by slaves in the West Indies and promoted maple syrup as an alternative sweetener that was not made by exploited workers.
Mountaintop Maple Syrup Made in NY's Catskill Mountains
Maple syrup comes from the sap of the sugar maple tree, which is boiled down to create a sweet concoction. In the late winter and early spring in the Catskill Mountains, as the daytime temperatures slowly rise above freezing, the sap in the maple trees begins to flow. For hundreds of years people harnessed this flow of sap to create a rich amber syrup, a local specialty of the north country. "Sugaring Off" was a yearly communal ritual in late March, where families would come together and boil down the precious liquid. We honor this tradition by using a wood fired, cast iron evaporator using sustainably harvested wood from our own 100 acre farmstead.
Pure Maple Syrup. What Could Be More Natural?