Today is the last day to enter the giveaway for a super silly mop! Last week, we discussed where to find cheap maple syrup. In the comments, the question was raised, “Is it important to buy organic maple syrup?” “.
Recently, the son of a maple syrup producer named Travis left a comment on this post explaining why he thought buying direct from (organic) farmers was the way to go. I thought his perspective was particularly helpful so I wanted to bring it to your attention here is your comment
Tree to Table
Maple syrup is shipped to our facility in steel drums when it is ready to to be sold. We filter and bottle it here. To meet organic maple syrup standards, we make sure all equipment is food-grade safe and kept clean with only eco-friendly, chemical-free cleaning products.
The process required to meet organic maple syrup standards clearly shows the vast difference between organic and non-organic syrups Only with organic certification can You can be sure that your syrup was harvested using sustainable, eco-friendly, and chemical-free practices. It is these high standards that we believe make our maple syrup the best maple syrup available.
Pure Organic vs. Conventional Maple Syrup
The real difference between organic and non-organic maple syrup is the guarantee that an organic producer has processed their wood, not as factory sap but as a living ecosystem. In order for us to be certified organic, we must demonstrate that we have maintained the biodiversity in our forest. Some growers cut down everything that isn’t a maple, leaving a monoculture that upsets the balance of a natural forest. We have a minimum size tree that we can touch with rules about where in the tree we can touch to maintain the long-term health of the tree. Our paths through the woods need to be maintained so there is no dirt runoff into the creek. We need to show the best practices for wildlife habitat, like leaving dead trees standing without branches. If we go by organic standards for maple syrup, a sugar bush is actually one of the best examples of agriculture and wildlife not just coexisting but thriving.
Sap is now extracted from more than 1,000 acres of forest throughout Vermont. The way that growers treat their forest has an increasingly significant impact on the natural environment of New England as a whole. There are many non-certified producers who are very concerned about the health of their forest, but buying certified organic means you are absolutely certain that the forest your syrup comes from is protected. The same goes for any other product you buy that is certified. Your support has not only been used to prevent chemicals from ending up in your kitchen, but an entire acreage of production, whether lettuce, flowers, cotton or maples, is a friendly player in the larger ecosystem around you.