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Posted 10/7/2016 at 10:53:44 PM
 
We had a very busy spring, great syrup season. Plenty of cool nights and warm day for collecting.
Cooking, processing, and bottling for many weeks.
Three county blue ribbons! Yea!
Gearing up for the holiday season, always the busiest for us.

Real Maple, for Real People!

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 7/14/2015 at 5:57:22 PM
 
It was a great weekend at the Madison County Fair in New York.
Paradise Farms took a First Place Blue Ribbon in; Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, and Maple Candy.
We are beyond thrilled.
Thank you to our customers for making something we love a success.
 
 
 
 

Posted 11/29/2014 at 4:02:43 PM
 
Consider New York State Maple Syrup from Paradise Farms for some of your friends and family this Saturday.
Maple makes the very best gift. As a small stocking stuffer, or alone as a gift. A sweet way to say "we appreciate you!"
Check out our facebook page, for some of our latest maple photos and information

facebook.com/newyorkmaple

Happy Shopping!
Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 8/29/2014 at 6:38:54 PM
 
What a great year for us. A record level of production, and a couple more blue ribbons to add to the board.
We entered our medium amber maple syrup and our granulated sugar into the county contest, and were thrilled to take home two new baby blues. I thought our syrup was unbelievable this year. I was especially pleased with the dark amber. I thought it was the best dark Tim had produced to date.

Thank you to all those who try and buy our products. Small local farms, producing quality products for folks locally and around the country - not just a dream, a reality!

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 3/24/2014 at 8:40:20 AM
 
It is 3/24, and we have only starting making maple syrup last week!
Due to the extreme cold, we didn't put our taps in until the second week of March.
We are very happy we waited so long, because we think the best sugaring will be in
April this year. All of the sap collected so far, is clear and sweet, with much of the sap having
a 3.0 sugar content. Being able to pull large chunks of ice out of the buckets gives you a
great percentage, because those chunks of ice are pure water, not sugar.
Nice light amber color to everything so far.

While we were not on the Maple Weekend list, as our sugar house is only big enough for the evaporator
and the wood, some Syracuse University students surprised us this weekend.
We gave them our story, and showed them the process. We did boil all day Sunday. Everything is
empty, and waiting to fill this Friday. This should be a great run coming up.

For photos, and daily updates, visit us on facebook. Look for Paradise Farms Maple Products.

Happy Maple Season!

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 1/6/2014 at 9:36:22 AM
 
What is it that makes great maple syrup?
So many factors, so many steps, and so many different ways to do things now-a-days.
It is subjective. What one producer swears by, may not even be a practice by another.
Paradise Farms has won blue ribbons for Best In Class Maple Products New York State,
for the past four years. The blue ribbons are for our light amber, our medium amber, our extra dark amber, and our maple sugar. We have also won second place ribbons for just about everything else. So while we can't speak for
other producers, we can tell you why we believe ours is special.
First, Tim does all the drawing off of the maple so he can maintain a consistent quality detailed approach. He works diligently with his thermometers, and hydrometers, checking each draw, and making sure it meets his high standards. If it doesn't, it is back into the evaporator.
Also, our maples have a shockingly high sugar content. Our maples line old farmland, and only extend about 100' back into the woods. The tops (canopy's) of the trees, are huge, receiving tons of sunshine all year long.
When your sugar content is high, your color and flavor will be light and sweet.
Lastly, we have kept our operation simple and small. Our sugar bush is still maintained the old fashioned way.
We tap, and collect bucket by bucket. This gives us the ability to throw out any sap which is not crystal clear.
When you look into our collection tanks mid day, you will see crystal clean, clear sap. Yellow, cloudy, opaque, foamy sap, is a sign of fermentation, and can be a sign of poor sanitation practices. We don't use tubing, or big fancy machinery.
During our start up, and self schooling work of visiting most every sugar house in the Northeast, we found the majority of the operations we visited were using tubing with visible mold, and bacteria. One New York operation DID have the cleanest tubing we saw, out of all of the states, showing it can be done right, so Kudo's to them.
Lastly, we still cook over a roaring wood fire. Most of the wood we burn, is old maples that had to come down, or that local folks were clearing. Kind of a nice full circle approach to maple production.

Have a sweet day

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 12/30/2013 at 4:31:41 PM
 
Seems fitting that our New York State Cocktail, comes from our New York State tree, the maple.
A New York Paradise Maple Spritzer.
Serve this light, delicious, refreshing cocktail at any gathering,
and you will be the talk of the town.

New York Paradise Maple Spritzer

6 oz club soda
2 Tbs med-dark Paradise Farms maple syrup
1 shot chilled vodka
3 ice cubes
In a martini mixer;
add the maple syrup to the club soda
Add ice cubes, and stir briskly to both mix and chill
add vodka, stir for another minute, cap,
pour into a martini glass


Alcohol free
New York Paradise Maple Spritzer

6 oz club soda
2 Tbs med-dark Paradise Farms maple syrup
Ice cream scoop of packed snow, or crushed ice
Place scoop of snow, or crushed ice, in a glass
In a martini mixer:
add maple syrup to club soda, stir well.
Pour over snow/ice & enjoy!
 
 
 
 

Posted 12/12/2013 at 2:16:21 PM
 
You can come get your holiday supply of New York Maple Syrup this
weekend at Shopping Town Mall. Paradise Farms will be selling
our award winning syrup in regular jugs, as well as our popular
elegant gift bottles. Everything from glass hockey players, to gingerbread
men, and everything in between.
Fri-Sun, Everything Nice Gift Show at ShoppingTown in Dewitt.

Remember, wine is fine, but maple is a staple!

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 12/6/2013 at 9:22:44 AM
 
I have received several calls lately from people who would like to know where to
get our maple products. First, for those of you who waited to get our maple popcorn, once a year
at the Manlius Historic Society Craft Festival, wait no more. You can get it at Sidehill Farmers,
down in Manlius, in the Snow Top Plaza. You can also get wonderful, locally, humanely produced
meats there as well. So, the list is:

Side Hill Farmers, Manlius
Tops Market, Manlius & Fayetteville
Nice N Easy, Manlius
Ace Hardware, Fayetteville
Chuck Hafners Garden Market, North Syracuse

Or online at:
www.newyorkmaplesyrup.com
etsy.com/shop/mapleproducts

Maple makes the sweetest gift

Julia
 
 
 
 

Posted 12/6/2013 at 9:22:09 AM
 
I have received several calls lately from people who would like to know where to
get our maple products. First, for those of you who waited to get our maple popcorn, once a year
at the Manlius Historic Society Craft Festival, wait no more. You can get it at Sidehill Farmers,
down in Manlius, in the Snow Top Plaza. You can also get wonderful, locally, humanely produced
meats there as well. So, the list is:

Side Hill Farmers, Manlius
Tops Market, Manlius & Fayetteville
Nice N Easy, Manlius
Ace Hardware, Fayetteville
Chuck Hafners Garden Market, North Syracuse

Or online at:
www.newyorkmaplesyrup.com
etsy.com/shop/mapleproducts

Maple makes the sweetest gift

Julia
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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