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More than Maple: A Practical Guide to Producing and Marketing Syrup

Everything is better with maple syrup. At least that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. So what better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself?

The Sugarmaker’s Companion by Michael Farrell is a comprehensive guide for both beginning and professional, home-scale and commercial maple producers, providing an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to make a profit producing syrup—and have fun doing it.

 

Farrell’s book is the only one of its kind. It includes information on:

  • Finding trees other than maple to tap, including birch and walnut;
  • How to successfully market product and create successful business models;
  • The economics of buying and selling sap;
  • Enhancing diversity in the sugarbush;
  • How to build community through producing syrup; and,
  • Ecological forest management; and more.

“My goal is to inspire you into action, providing information on many topics related to sustainable sap and syrup production from a variety of species,” writes Farrell in the Preface. Whether you’re a novice, an expert, or anywhere in between, The Sugarmaker’s Companion is a must-have addition to your bookshelf.

“Mike Farrell’s The Sugarmaker’s Companion should be on every maple producer’s bookshelf,” writes Brian Chabot of Cornell University. “It contains a substantial amount of information not found elsewhere, especially marketing ideas, novel products, economic analyses, and creative ideas for expanding markets for pure maple products.”

Read Chapter 1: Why Maple Matters below.


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