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Real Maple Syrup at Sams Club
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Donna from Mo    Posted 04-04-2003 at 11:49:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The other day I mentioned, on this board, that you can get genuine maple syrup at Sams at a pretty reasonable price. Somebody told me to check the label, that it was probably from Canada. I was at Sams today, checked the label, and sure enough... it's from Canada. Is that a bad thing? I think the price was $8.99 for what looked to be about a quart and a half to a half-gallon, although I forgot to check how much the jug held.


Salmoneye    Posted 04-04-2003 at 16:13:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No problem at all with Canadian Syrup...

They do in fact produce one whack of Syrup...

If the container was $8.99 US Dollars, I would suspect that it was a quart...Like Dave Smith says, right out of the shack a gallon is around $35-$40 depending on grade and if it is a 'good' year (meaning lots of sap)...The smaller you package, the more you get per gallon...

I made a bit more than 3 1/2 gallons today...If I sold it for $40 a gallon, that would be $140 for my 10 hour day...I used to make more per hour being a forklift jockey...

I aint in it for the money (yet) and many people aren't...It is a labour of love...And to do it 'right', is an art...Don't get me going on oil vs wood and Reverse Osmosis...LOL

;-)


Dave Smith    Posted 04-05-2003 at 12:32:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Salmoneye, Have you ever visited one of the new places? You are right, it looked like being a job and not fun. They also mentioned they had to be state inspected. This is a big family business and they rent land to use the maple trees for syrup. They had quite a store and sell all kinds of tapping supplies. I took note of the plastic line, fittings, filters, etc. You never know when I might need something like that. They have a wide selection.
Dave


Salmoneye    Posted 04-05-2003 at 13:53:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yah...

Been in the 'sappin parlours'...Looks more like a large dairy operation than a sugar shack...Guess that is progress... ;-)

Dunno about NY inspections...There are 2 'inspectors' here for the whole state, but they pretty much ignore small producers unless they get a complaint about them...There are a few laws here like Grading Standards, and what you can add (which is nothing but 'approved' defoaming agent), etc...The only time I have ever heard of a 'violation' here was one time they caught a repackager selling Canadian Syrup as Vermont Made...A VERY big no-no here...

I suspect the reason that the place you visited needed to be state inspected was due to having a 'store'...Once you start offering samples and sales of confections, then you get into the area of running a 'restaurant'...


Dave Smith    Posted 04-04-2003 at 15:54:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I paid $35 for a gallon of New York State maple syrup. I picked it up right at the sugar shack in Sardinia NY.
The procedure has sure changed since I did it in the 50s. They even have a osmosis gadget to remove most of the water.
Dave


cowgirlj    Posted 04-04-2003 at 14:54:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donna it's not that it's a bad thing being from Canada. But Canada's national tree is the Maple tree. Thus the Canadian Maple Leaf on our flag. Most of the real maple syrup produced comes from Canada.
As for the price, I wouldn't know, but I am willing to bet that Canadians pay 2 to 3 times that much for it.


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