The history of humans harvesting maple sap to make natural sweeteners stretches back almost a thousand years. Maple sugaring is a form of agriculture that predates the era of colonialism in America’s Northeast region, the only area in the world where it is practiced.
Native Americans held springtime sugaring rituals; Algonquin tribes understood the nutritional value and energy source within maple sap, tying it to their very existence in creation myths.
European settlers, primarily French, adopted the practice from these indigenous peoples. Over hundreds of years and much trial and error, the process has been refined to what we participate in today.
At Backwoods Alchemy Maple Farm we embrace the mystical process of purifying maple sap whilst harnessing the elemental forces of earth, air, fire, and water. Just as medieval alchemy sought to promote health, cure illness, and prolong life, we strongly believe in the curative nutritional properties of our maple syrup. Combined with the physical rigors of maintaining a Vermont maple sugaring operation, it truly is our Elixir of Life!