Steam evaporating from the sugarhouse chimney brings a significant sign that the Maple Syrup Season is underway! The Bacon Farm at 1427 Pond Road in Sidney, Maine is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. Kevin, Shelley. and their son Nathan represent the 5th and 6th generations of stewardship of this amazing land.
Twenty years ago when Kevin and Shelley took over the farm. They were looking to diversify. One option was to grow their Maple syrup business. Shelley put her marketing and people skills to work fine tuning all facets of sugar making as a full time Maple Producer. They've increased their maple syrup capabilities and tapped new maple groves. Their son, Nathan enjoys handling all aspects of bringing the sap from the sugarbush into the sugarhouse and working "The Boil". Together, everyone works long hours for about six to eight weeks making enough maple syrup to sustain their business all year.
Shelley explained how things have changed in this year of covid. "We had to get Creative!" She said. "Last summer we put in a drive through window, added Maple Ice cream and socially distanced picnic tables in our hilltop field. Families enjoyed the warm summer breezes while the kids flew kites, played ball and took family walks in the woods. We all enjoyed those moments of normalcy. "Local deliveries picked up while we worked hard on our online presence.
Rachel Giguere, gal Friday, packages and ships orders daily to customers across the country as one of her many duties. Another key was adding new products: Such as maple coated almonds, cashews, peanuts, maple cotton candy, whoopie pies, maple pepper w/ habanero, maple cream, soaps and maple sugar candy. Check out their website for new items added regularly.
Another addition the past few years, the Bacon Farm became a dealer for Maple processing equipment. They carry taps, tubing, containers and "RO"s and evaporators for all sizes of sugarhouses. Shelley is excited about all the new interest families are showing this year. We welcome everyone from the newbies to the high volume producers to stop by and see how we
can help. They enjoy solving problems as well as educating our clients. Maple producers are a big family. We all work together to support our industry.
On Maple Sunday Weekend March 27th and 28th, stop by and enjoy all the goodies and tour of the sugarbush. Take home Maine's spring tonic "Pure Maine Maple Syrup!"