What's Happening in the Sugar Woods

Sap Dogs

22 January, 2015

Everybody know that dogs are mans best friend, there is no exception to that here at Dubie Family Maple! We are proud to have to two dogs on "Staff" who work and play hard with our team out in the woods almost everyday! (Except when it's to chilly out!) Below we see Remy and Stella riding out to play in the woods while the guys are hard at work!

First we have Remy, Mark and Marianne's black lab. They have had Remy for almost four years now. He is a great hunting dog and loves running and playing outside! As you can see from the picture, he loves the snow! When it is not cold out, Remy likes to roll in every puddle and play fetch into the pond.

Second, we have Stella, Nate and Kristine's lab an vizsla mix. Nate and Kristine got Stella three years ago when Nate was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Stella enjoys trying to keep up with Remy in the woods and curling up on the couch when she is done playing for the day! Here you can see Stella and Nate!

We are grateful and happy to have these wonderful, friendly pups to share our lives with! They sure make working a lot more fun! Keep checking our blog for more pics of Stella and Remy!

How to Tap a Maple

06 January, 2015

As we begin our 2015 Maple Season, we wanted to show everyone just exactly what it looks like to tap a sugar maple tree! You can tap any variety of maple tree but we mostly tap Sugar Maples which have the highest concentration of sugar in the sap.

Dubie Family Maple uses trees on natural Vermont woodlands and has over 47,000+ tappable maple trees on 700 acres of land. We are a Certified Organic Producer and this includes making sure that trees in our woods flourish naturally and healthy. 

It is important that the trees are large enough to be tapped. They must be over 9 inches in diameter to protect the health of the tree. Maple trees utilize the sap to aid in growth and leaf production in the spring. Sap is the sugar rich nutrient which is boiled down and made into syrup. Very large trees can be tapped more than once and some more mature trees can be tapped up to three times!

Each and every tree is tapped by hand using a drill to put a small hole about shoulder height and about two inches deep into the tree. After the hole has been drilled a spout is inserted into the hole and tapped with a hammer to make sure that it is securely in place. The spout is where the sap from the tree flows from and leads into our tubing and pipe lines. These lines are all on vacuum pressure and lead back to the Sugar House.

The sap will not flow until later in the spring when the weather starts to warm up consistently above freezing. As you can see from the video below, it takes a while to tap each tree by hand. We have to start early in the year to make sure we get all 47,000+ trees tapped before the sap starts flowing.

In the video below you will see Nate Dubie, the Operations Manager for Dubie Family Maple, tap a tree and explain how to do it!

Seasons Greetings

23 December, 2014

As 2014 winds down and we look forwards to the New Year, the full swing of the Holidays are upon us. We wanted to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Dubie Family Maple. We hope that you take these next few days and enjoy family and friends and the love and joy that this wonderful time of year brings!

This has been a big year for Dubie Family Maple as we planned, built and finally launched our online retail site in early November. We are incredibly grateful to all of our friends, loyal customers and our family for all of the support and your belief in Dubie Family Maples products. We could not have done it without any one of you all, so truly THANK YOU!

After taking a few days off in the woods to spend with family for Christmas (don’t worry we will still be fulfilling all orders!) we will be back in the full swing of things. Our team has been busy checking lines from all of the recent snow to make sure everything is ready to go for next year’s Maple Season. Stay tuned for more updates on what is happening in the woods.

Until then, from our Family to Yours, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving Holiday Maple Morning !!

21 November, 2014

Need a sweet idea for the crowd about to come to your house? We have just the recipe !

Maple Biscuits

Tender biscuits swimming in just the perfect amount of sweet maple syrup.
The perfect way to start your day.
Just add a cup or two of coffee* and you are set to tackle the turkey.
*adding maple sugar or our maple cream to your coffee is another bonus !!!!
 

Enjoy

  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 
  • 4 teaspoons BakeWell Cream
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk

1) Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a baking dish ( i use glass casserole)

2) Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3) Work in the butter till the mixture is crumbly; some larger, pea-sized pieces of butter may remain intact.

4) Add the milk, stirring till everything is moistened.

5) Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface, and fold it over once or twice. Pat it into a ¾"-thick square, Cut into 2" chunks and put into baking dish.

Set Aside

Combine in saucepan

1 1/2 Cups Dubie Family Cooking Syrup (any grade will do)

3/4 Cup water

2 Tablespoons Cold Butter

1)On medium heat, bring syrup mixture to boil without stirring until all butter is melted. Take off heat and pour over the biscuits.

2)Bake about 30 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned and feel done to touch. The maple mixture will absorb into biscuits.

Serve warm 

 

 

 

Maple Cream

05 November, 2014

Yesterday the Dubie Family Maple Sugarhouse smelled extra sweet as Marianne whipped up a batch of Maple Cream! We use a special machine that stirs and whips concentrated Organic Dubie Family Maple Syrup. This concentrated syrup is called toffee. You can see in the picture below what the toffee looks like after being whipped up for a few minutes. It begins to have a more creamy caramel like color.

The toffee, now almost cream, continues to churn as it is also stirred by the Cream Maker from the top of the hopper to ensure it is all evenly incorporated. In the picture below you will see what the cream looks like right before we package it up for you to enjoy! It has a wonderfully light color, and it is peanut butter like in its texture. Dubie Family Maple Cream is perfect spread on toast, drizzled over ice cream or stirred into coffee for a sweet morning pick me up!

 

You can pick up tubs of our freshly made Maple Cream right here from our website, but be warned, it won't last long once you get a taste of this sweet treat! It is available for purchase in half pound or one pound tubs. Enjoy!

Welcome to Dubie Family Maple's Brand New Website!

29 October, 2014

We have been working on this website for a long time, in order to bring you the great maple products that you love. We have many things to offer from beautiful Glass Bottles, Plastic Jugs, Maple Candy and Maple Cream! All of these products are made from one ingredient, Vermont Organic Maple Syrup. Search through our product list and let us know what you think!

On the left you can see at the Syrup packaged and ready to send directly to your doorstep.
On the right is our brand new state of the art syrup canning machine. This allows us to fill 6 containers at once all while keeping the syrup from being exposed and keeping the syrup at a safe bottling temperature.