In this YouTube video, courtesy of our partners at Yankee Farm Credit, you can see the whole new operation, while learning more about the Parker family’s story from two generations of Parkers. Michael Parker and his father Earl discuss the changes that the farm has undergone since 1889 with focus on the big developments in the last 5 years. With help from Yankee Farm Credit, we have been able to expand production both in the field and in our facility at the sugarhouse.
In 2018, we took on a big renovation of our 50 year old sugar house. A landmark in the local community, the sugarhouse was becoming dwarfed by the scale of the tapping operation that feeds it, with more than 80,000 taps coming to this one location to be boiled down into maple syrup. The sugarhouse also hosts popular events, like Maple Weekend that draw many visitors from far and wide, so more space was definitely needed. Over the course of the Summer and Fall of 2018, our team worked hard to demolish most of the old structure and build a new, larger space to accommodate both equipment and visitors. Luckily, the tapping crew is pretty handy at construction and the surrounding forest provided all the lumber we could need. By February of 2019, the new sugarhouse was up and running with a modern, steam-heated syrup evaporator, big boiler to generate steam, large, bright kitchen for making maple confections and bottling syrup and a brand new gift shop. All this is made possible with help from our financial partners, like Yankee Farm Credit, that understand the unique challenges that we face in agricultural production. We are proud of how far we have come and hope that our dedication to continuing to evolve with the times and provide the best product for our customers shows in the hard work that we do everyday at our farm.