March 2015 Profiles
Ohio is one of the leading producers of an item featured on breakfast tables across the nation. For more than 200 years, Ohioans have been tapping maple trees and transforming the sap into sugar and syrup. Today, the maple syrup industry contributes $6 million annually to Ohio’s economy, according to the Ohio Maple Producers Association. Last year, state lawmakers designated March as Maple Month in Ohio to honor this contribution. Ohio Business Profile is recognizing March 2015 as Maple Madness Month.
The companies featured this month are some of the leading contributors to our state’s maple industry.
Bonhomie Acres in Frederickstown, produces syrup from trees that are 250 years old and can proudly claim they are home to the only producer from Ohio to be inducted into The North American Maple Producers Hall of Fame, William Brown in 2008. Named in honor of their faithful dog Pete, Sticky Pete’s Pure Maple Syrup is produced in Athens from a 2,000-tap maple sugaring production. Born from a love of the outdoors and a hobby, Krazigoose Maple Syrup got its name from a combination of a husband and wife’s last names. Offering a wide array of maple products from syrup to maple salad dressings, Richards Maple Products in Chardon is looking forward to entering their 105th year. Bissell Maple Farm can trace their maple roots back to the 1800s and is changing the maple syrup industry with their Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, aging the maple syrup in single-use bourbon barrels. Producing more than 1,800 gallons of pure maple syrup annually with the help of three generations, Grossman Brothers Maple Products produces syrup the same way their grandfather did. Goodell Family Farm, LLC is a seventh-generation family farm that not only produces organic pure maple syrup but also organic milk from their certified organic farm. Located in Northwest Ohio, Dick’s Maple Farm LLC has won many awards and uses natural organic practices to produce their syrup. Warner's Pure Maple Syrup & Loudon Crest Farms began producing maple syrup in 1877 and is a part of the “Backyard Maple Syrup” program which is a program to educate people on making their own syrup.
These businesses are just a few of the producers of pure maple syrup in Ohio. Traditionally, Ohio ranks in the top five of the nation’s maple syrup producers, with weather accounting for a different rank each year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio’s maple syrup production was sixth in the nation in 2014. To learn more about maple production and tourism in Ohio check out the Ohio Maple Producers Association.