There are few products more connected to the wild landscape of America than pure maple syrup. This minimally processed sweetener is harvested from the native forest of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada - there are only 17 states and Canadian provinces where it’s made during a narrow six to eight week period in the spring. The sap gathered from these wild-grown trees is concentrated at sugarhouses into syrup. The process requires little beyond patience, a willingness to work hard in sometimes unforgiving conditions, and a good bit of energy. As a result, the major distinction for organic maple syrup comes from the validation of forest management and food safety practices rather than the inherent process of making syrup itself. With organic maple syrup, production standards are certified through an annual inspection by a certified third party authority.
Purchasing organic pure maple syrup makes sense for those looking to trade up to organics or trying to purchase an entirely organic food basket. The premium for organic maple syrup is relatively small compared to other products - $0.10 per ounce or less, making them affordable additions to the shopping list of anyone looking to purchase healthier organic foods. As a result, the growth in demand for organic maple syrup is outpacing that of non-organic maple syrup at retailers around the county.
Interest in organic maple syrup, however, isn’t limited just to the use of maple syrup as a topping. Organic pure maple syrup is being evaluated as an ingredient both at the consumer and manufacturer level. As conventional and artificial sweeteners receive continued scrutiny, alternative natural, minimally processed, unrefined and raw sugars are garnering interest. Manufacturers are looking to pure maple, both organic and conventional, as a means to creating clean labels and a source of not just flavor but sweetness. Beyond the regular types of foods – granolas, cereals, fruit and nut bars, etc. – maple syrup can now be found as an ingredient in yogurts, nut butters, mustards, salad dressings, caramel popcorn, confections, beverages and more (be sure to read the ingredient roster to make sure that the manufacturer is using pure maple and not some imitation flavor).
Maple syrup is also making its way into the pantry of many home kitchens for use far beyond a breakfast topping. It’s going into a variety of recipes like these savory favorites of Butternut Mountain Farm. For families looking to eat less, but better sugars, pure maple syrup offers an alternative that hits all the marks by being healthy, delicious, and affordable. It can easily replace white sugar commonly used in home cooking and is the perfect sweetener for beverages. The flavor classes of maple syrup have also allowed for more creative home cooking, allowing prospective maple syrup users to choose from a variety of flavors to source just the right taste to suit their dish.
At Butternut Mountain Farm, we work with nearly 100 individual organic maple sugar makers, each with their own unique history but united in their shared commitment to making a highly sustainable product of exceptional quality. Like all folks who make their living from the land, these sugar makers have a strong sense of place – making them resourceful, dedicated, and socially responsible suppliers whose hard work translates directly into the quality of their product. If you’re looking for maple syrup as an ingredient – we’ll work with you to find the right product and package to meet your formulation needs. If you’re evaluating how to improve your retail shelf mix – and interested in exploring the opportunities that organic pure maple syrup offers – we’ll happily work with you to develop a program (branded or private label) to meet your objectives. If you’re a lover of pure maple and interested in purchasing organic maple syrup – we can connect you to the perfect product to use in your next batch of baked beans, serve atop pancakes, or sweetened coffee.