Parker Family Maple Farm History
In 1884, Adolphus & Amelia Parker bought an acre of land and established their homestead in the Lake Champlain Valley near the Canadian Border in West Chazy, NY. Five years later, in 1889, they purchased an adjoining 60 acres and started a dairy farm and maple sugaring operation.
The farm is now run by Adolphus & Amelia's great-grandson, Michael Parker with supervision from his father, Earl Parker. Over the course of Earl’s lifetime the farm has seen many changes, from quadrupling the number of maple taps and moving the sugar shack from down in the woods to up by the road and making the difficult decision not to continue milking cows, it has not always been easy. Through many years of hard work and grit, the operation has now grown to include nearly 1,000 acres of land, a 90,000 tap maple operation (one of the largest in the U.S.), producing over 40,000 gallons of maple syrup per year! The Parker farm also now features a CDL maple equipment dealership, farm gift shop and restaurant pavilion as well as the 5th generation of Parkers, Joshua, Samantha and Keith!
We enjoy working as a family and with our friends to share the amazing process of making the maple tree’s sap into syrup. Tours are welcome and are often guided by members of our extended family, featuring the old and new processes that have been used to make the sweet stuff that keeps everyone coming back for more. By diversifying our farm and reaching out to our community we hope to preserve our family’s heritage for generations to come.
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Like your family, the Parker family is always changing and growing, and so is our business. Keep up to date with happenings at the farm, like building renovations, maple tapping season and upcoming events, like our popular pancake breakfasts. You can also see where we get featured in news articles and maple industry publications.