Butcher Family Maple Products. Local And Family Owned Business

Being the first somewhat warm day in March and anxious to find something to do and found a maple syrup tour where all the major maple product producers in Ohio were offering tours. I’ve been to Dawes Arboretum before and seen their old fashioned process. It’s interesting, but I also noticed a family owned operation located between Mount Vernon and Granville called Butcher Family Maple Products. ¬†After a nice country ride, we were greeted by members of the Butcher family and given a full tour.

Maple syrup production facility.

The maple syrup processing facility at Butcher Family Maple Products.

They were collecting syrup from every maple tree on their farm and from across the road. There is even a line running under the road to pump sap to the facility from area across the road. This photo shows the huge network of lines in the woods.

Lines connecting maple trees.

Lines connect every maple tree tap on the property.

Maple tree taps connected to bring in the sap to the facility.

Lines cross everywhere around the property and converge at a pump going to the processing facility.

 

Maple syrup evaporation equipment.

Evaporating equipment that removes the water from the sap and leaves only the syrup.

As you can see from the photo, this place is CLEAN! Before the sap reaches the evaporator there is a reverse osmosis process that removes much of the water. The remaining water is boiled off at this wood powered evaporator and goes into the white barrel. From the barrel, it goes through a filter for final output as maple syrup.

Real maple syrup products are not cheap, but I found Butcher’s prices to be lower than many that I’ve seen in stores. You can buy direct from the Butchers by purchasing online or using the contact information on their website.

Mr. Butcher is a resident of Newark, Ohio, a part-time firefighter in Alexandria, and a retired Columbus, Ohio fireman. All of the family were happy to answer questions and explain the process. The best part though was that they gave free samples and they were awesome. Try the samples and you’ll be hooked.

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