Life is Sweet! PREORDER your Maple and Birch Syrups

by Brian and Nissa on January 8, 2014


Who loves real syrup?

Sugaring season is coming up in just a few weeks and we have an opportunity to purchase a small used sugaring equipment outfit not far from the farm. We need to raise the funds right away to go and pick it up. We will reserve you a gallon of finished maple syrup or three pints of birch syrup in the spring for $50. We need to pre-sell 60 gallons of maple or 180 pints of birch by the end of this week. We can do that right? Tell all your friends and dear families – we can ship anywhere.

Circumstances necessitate our transition to full-time farming right away. The company Brian contracts for is drawing down and preparing to move out of state. One full sugaring season replaces a significant portion of Brian’s current income.

UPDATE – New Goal::  

Last weekend (Feb. 8th), we drove out to pick up our new-to-us sugaring equipment!  We have decided to leave our pre-orders open until we start sugaring in March in order to raise enough to get our dairy equipped and licensed.  With the pre-sale of 60 more units, we can get our dairy equipped with milking machine, bulk storage tank, 3 bay sink, and some more goats.  And all of that will mean that we can get licensed as a dairy in Massachusetts.  The dairy would have the potential of replacing 60-70% of Brian’s former income during the milking season.

Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered syrup, to everyone who has shared this link, and to everyone who has prayed for our success.  You are amazing and we are so grateful.

If you want to see the sugaring process, please join our mailing list and watch for the start of the sugaring season.

Thanks everyone and God bless!

PREORDER your birch syrup here.

PREORDER your maple syrup here.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Jan McNulty January 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Please advise as to how long the maple syrup would last? Will it sugar up?

Brian and Nissa January 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm


Unopened syrup can keep indefinitely, opened for a year in the fridge, indefinitely in the freezer. If your maple syrup crystallizes, as it sometimes will, heat it in a glass container in a pan of hot/simmering water until the crystals liquefy.

Jan McNulty January 9, 2014 at 8:01 pm

ok, thank you I am debating this. I know maple syrup is VERY expensive in the stores here. I would be taking a leap of faith on this one as you could take my money and there is nothing I could do. With that said, if Mary is ok with it, I’m ok with it. I just have to ponder if I can let go of $50. If you don’t make the required sales, what then? Thank you for your patience with me.

Camille January 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Is the maple syrup grade A or B?

Faith January 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

What does birch syrup taste like?

Brian and Nissa January 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hi Faith,

Birch syrup tastes like caramel to me. It has also been described as ‘woody’. But then I think that maple tastes woody too. Birch doesn’t taste anything like maple. It has it’s own taste.

ivan_the_mad January 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I’ve bought some of your maple syrup, thanks to Mark Shea’s alert. Sadly, my wife put the kibosh purchasing the birch syrup for now. I hope that this venture goes well for you, I’d dearly love to buy some of your birch syrup later!

Ellen January 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Question: will you be selling grade B syrup or at least the lowest grade A? That is what I use for most of my cooking, etc..

bfaw543 January 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I understand you are beginning your farming. I read that birch syrup comes from Alaskan birch and a lot is needed per pint. How do I know that with start up costs I will receive the product. Do you have capital to purchase the necessary animals and equipment.

Brian and Nissa January 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

Hi Ellen,

We should have some of each, but we won’t know how much of each until the season is done in April. We don’t currently have a way for customers to choose one or the other online, perhaps when we have migrated the store from its current location to this site, and after sugaring is done and we know what we have.

Brian and Nissa January 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

Hi there,

Birch syrup can come from wherever there are birch trees to tap. There is no such species as “Alaskan birch”. “Alaskan birch syrup” merely denotes the location that the syrup is made. We actually have, on our farm, around 3000 birch trees, roughly equal to the largest birch producer in Alaska. Birch syrup is also produced, in volume, in Canada and in the Baltic region. We are particularly blessed to have our birch trees in three groves that are exclusively birch, laid out in neat rows. The processing equipment is the same for birch as it is for maple.

There is a local farm that has an outfit available to buy, which is what we’re raising the funds for. Currently, we are using a homemade affair that is not adequate to put all of our maples (about 800) and birches into production. We don’t need animals to run the sugaring operation, though some draft horses would be lovely and idyllic, wouldn’t they?

Brian and Nissa January 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

Thank you so much! Hopefully we’ll still have some birch syrup available later in the year and you can treat yourself… maybe for Father’s Day. :)

Brian and Nissa January 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

Many thanks, Mark Shea for sharing about our farm! We are so grateful!

Brian and Nissa January 13, 2014 at 9:19 am


We should have some of each. We won’t know how much of each type until the end of the sugaring season. We don’t currently have a way for customers to choose one or the other on the online store, I’m afraid. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

bfaw543 January 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Wow, just read it takes 100 gallons of birch sap to make 1 gallon of birch syrup. Yikes!

Charlei Scott January 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Referred by Tricia Gaitan. Just need to know if shipping is included in the $50 or that will be additional. Would love to try birch syrup. Didn’t even know it was a thing.

Brian and Nissa January 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

Hi Charlei!

No, shipping is not included in the price. The price of the syrup pre-orders was reduced to offset shipping costs and to thank you for supporting our efforts. After the pre-order closes, the price will go up to its regular rate of $65/gallon for maple or 3 pt. birch.

Laura Petry January 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

I saw your answer on shipping. Can you estimate the cost of shipping to 60517? Thanks

Brian and Nissa January 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

It depends upon the shipping method you choose. There is a host of options available on the ordering page. It will calculate the shipping for you so that you can choose the best option.

Eileen January 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

Sounds enticing! What grade is your maple syrup?

Brian and Nissa January 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hi Eileen, We won’t know what grades, or how much of each grade we have until it is finished.

Eileen January 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

I guess what I’m really asking is if I pre-order would I receive Grade A? Thanks!

Brian and Nissa January 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

Eileen, If you need a specific grade, your best bet is to wait until sugaring is done and order then. At that time, we will know how much of each is in stock, and can offer those options in the online store.

Rose February 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I tried to preorder but as I understood shipping it gave in-store pick up as only option for shipping?

Brian and Nissa February 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I’m not sure exactly what you’re seeing. If you did not provide a zip code, the software cannot calculate the shipping cost, so only in-store pickup will appear. Please make sure your shipping address is correct, and let me know if you still have issues.

Stacie February 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Will you be bottling your syrup in plastic or glass bottles?

Jane February 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Grade A or grade B for $50/gal?

Brian and Nissa February 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Both. The gallons will be in plastic, but we will be putting our smaller quantities in glass.

Brian and Nissa February 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

As of this year, it is not permitted to sell grades B or C to the public. It’s a USDA thing. There are various subsets of grade A from which you could choose, but only for on farm regular sales. Pre-orders are our choice.

Brian and Nissa March 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Jane, All syrup is grade A. It is not legal for us to sell Grade B. The pre-order price is only available for a couple more days. Once we start boiling, the price goes up to $85/gallon.

bfaw543 May 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

How did your first year of sugaring go?

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