Sugar Fever: Tapping Season is Here!
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery Takes us Behind The Scenes on Their First Few Days of Production
The temperatures in Northern Michigan are slowly rising above freezing—this is music to the ears of those who own and operate Maple Farms.
Todd Petersen, owner of The Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery in Petoskey, says they are off and running in their first few days of production.
“Everything is fast and furious,” he says. “The season is super short, so there’s not enough time for mistakes. There are mechanical problems and weather-related issues. We got to roll with the punches every day.”
Rolling with the punches also means making some of the best maple syrup around, but don’t let that fool you. The process can be grueling.
Their days sometimes start at 8 a.m. and go until midnight.
“We bring in over 80,000 gallons of sap into the building each spring and that cooks down to roughly 1700 to 1800 gallons of syrup,” says Owner Christi Petersen.
Todd and Christi Petersen have been taking sap from tap to table since 2012.
Running a maple farm started as a dream and quickly turned into a reality. They both admit they knew nothing about maple syrup before opening years ago.
“If you have a dream, you can fulfill it,” Christi says. “It’s a lot of hard work, but you can do it.”
Calling maple season busy is an understatement.
The Petersen’s have approximately 5,000 taps on 28 acres, all coming to their sugar house and then onto your pancakes.
The fun part about maple syrup is the different flavors this sticky treat offers. The Petersen’s maple is truly a confectionery connoisseur’s dream.
“Our maple syrup tastes marshmallowy, buttery, Carmely and maybe even a little butterscotchy,” Todd says. “Maple has a lot of different flavors.”
This family is not just sticking to the basics, but creating niche products of their own.
“We make other things out of maple syrup,” Todd adds. “That’s our primary focus, is to take great maple syrup and turn it into something else.”
They are making things like several maple wines, candy, sprinkles, sugar, ice-cream. The options are endless!
If you are looking to take a tour or a tasty treat for yourself, head to mmsyrup.com.