Category: Blog

What I Learned About Maple Syrup on the West Coast

I have been lucky enough to travel out west a couple times in the last month.  We mixed visiting friends and family with maple syrup business.  I have five key points I learned from my visit out west. 1) The demand for maple syrup out west is tremendous. I spent some time in San Diego, Portland Oregon, […]

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Pappy Van Winkle’s Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

What is better than maple syrup?  Bourbon.  Barrel.  Aged.  Maple.  Syrup.  What is better than bourbon barrel aged maple syrup?  The answer: maple syrup aged in a 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Bissell Maple Farm is collaborating with the Van Winkle family to produce an amazing blend of two […]

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Sugar Chalet – The Evolution of one family’s Sugarshack

What is a Sugar Chalet?  Well, there is a story behind that. In the1800’s the Bissell’s made maple syrup in this sugarshack.  I found this in a box of old photo’s on a postcard post marked  “1911”.  If you look close, you can see this postcard was a photo of a photo.  You can also see […]

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How Kentucky Enhanced Ohio’s Maple Syrup

“What’s better than maple syrup?!  Bourbon.  Barrel.  Aged.  Maple.  Syrup.”   That is the catch phrase that I use when people ask about our maple syrup.  When people try it, they buy it.  Think I’m exaggerating?  Recently, my brother-in-law and I flew to San Diego for the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival.  Eight different […]

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Maple Water! AKA sap.

Tree sap in a bottle!  Why didn’t I think of that?  I don’t begrudge any entrepreneurs to try things.  I like the fact that maple syrup is part of the discussion as it only helps the industry.  I have great respect for Michael Farrell and I think he is right on the money with promotion […]

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Rock Creek Maple Festival and Rock Creek SugarworkS

On October 4th, Bissell Maple Farm will be celebrating the grand opening of our Rock Creek Sugarworks campus.  To celebrate our new business and maple syrup outlet – we are having a Maple Festival.  We hope to see lots of visitors stop in for some pancakes with maple syrup, live music, some pumpkins, and a […]

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Pancake Police Alert – Fake Maple Syrup Causes Cancer

I told you so.  I told you so.  I told you so.  Fake maple syrup causes cancer.  More specifically, the carmel-4 coloring agent is a potential carcinogen.  However, this is something maple farmers have known for years: your “breakfast syrup” has some bad juju. Here is the Consumer Reports article that has been referred to […]

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Ohio’s Maple Syrup Conundrum

The 2014 USDA Maple Syrup Crop Report came out in early June.  I’m late to give my $0.02 because I have been mulling it over.  I scoured that report frontwards, backwards, and upside down.  I want to know what is happening in the industry.  I like analyzing trends.  So I took a closer look at the […]

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Food Service Distributors are Supplying Maple Syrup to Chefs…..For Now.

Are you a chef?  Do you like to use fresh local ingredients?  Are you a chef in Western PA or Ohio?  Do you use pure maple syrup?  Then why are you buying maple syrup from a food distributor?  Let’s think about this a moment. Ohioans and Pennsylvanians make a lot of maple syrup, award winning […]

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Ohio’s First Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup There are a lot of maple farms in Ohio and many choices as a consumer of pure Ohio maple syrup.  Come visit Ashtabula, Geauga, or Trumbull County in March and you will see steam rising from sugarhouses on just about every country road.  We know that there are mega-farms out […]

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“The Sugar Season” – Douglas Whynott’s Maple Industry Review

“The Sugar Season”  –  Douglas Whynott When I heard about this book that shadowed Bruce Bascom I had to read it.  I have long admired Bruce for his connection to the maple producer.  Another reason I wanted to read this book is I was there – in the book.  You won’t see my name.  But I swear to […]

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Buy Local & Mean It – Support Local Food Suppliers

Buy Local and mean it, not just with words. North Carolina’s motto is profound. It simply states: “To be, rather than to seem.” This certainly applies to a much deeper core of our being, but I’m going to apply this motto to our experience as a supplier to the emerging local food movement. We sell […]

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