Rebecca and Art Harris have made maple syrup from the sap of their large stand of hard maple trees for decades. “Making” maple syrup is a little misleading because it’s nothing more than boiling maple tree sap when it begins to flow in the spring. There are no additives or preservatives. It’s a 100 percent pure, natural product.
The evaporating process reduces the liquid, which is the consistency of water when it comes from the trees, to the thick, sweet syrupy consistency. Continue the evaporating, and the result is maple cream. Continue it further, and you have maple sugar, and Harris Sugar Bush offers maple cream and sugar, as well as maple candy, jelly, cotton candy, teas, maple-covered nuts, maple mustard dipping sauce, maple pecan topping, and much more. As you might expect, honey and sorghum also are stocked on the shelves of the store on the property. The store is handicap-accessible and, while someone is nearly always on the property, it’s best to call ahead. Maintaining acres of maple trees is time-consuming, and the staff is often in the woods that surrounds the store.
Harris Sugar Bush is open every day during maple syrup season, which is from the last week of January through the first week of March. Tours of the maple stand are available throughout the year by appointment.