Bascom Maple Farms Fall Seminar


Morning Session – 3/16” and 5/16” Tubing Technology and Installation

Basic Info
When: Friday, November 4th, 2016 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: 56 Sugarhouse Rd.
Alstead, NH  03602
If you plan to attend, please email, or call (603) 835-6361, before October 31st, 2016, so we can plan accordingly.

This year, Bruce Gillian and David Butler of Leader Evaporator will be discussing all things tubing. In this seminar, Bruce/David will talk about some of the different spouts, tubing, and other fittings that are on the market today and the situations where certain types may work better than others. Over the last few years, more and more people have been trying 3/16″ tubing and Bruce/David will share some of their thoughts—and what they have heard about 3/16″ vs. 5/16″ tubing. This session will also address how to lay out tubing systems for 3/16″ and 5/16″ tubing and some of the tools to make the set up easier for vacuum and gravity systems.

Afternoon Session—Reverse Osmosis

After lunch, Bruce and David will cover RO operation. There are so many different options for ROs out there, and Bruce/David will discuss factors that can help you choose the right RO for you. Come learn how to get the most the of your RO and properly wash an RO. During this seminar, Bruce and David will also unveil Leader’s newest RO for the hobby producer. Come with questions and get a refresher on how to get the most out of your RO.

Free lunch for those who attend the seminars!

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Open House Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th, 2016!

Join us for our 2016 Open House! We will be hosting a variety of seminars with something for everyone, vendor tables, food, and door prizes, as well as our early order discount sale for next year’s supplies. Plan to join us!

Schedule of Events (same schedule both days):

  • 8:00 – 4:00 Showroom and Equipment Sales Counter Open
  • 9:30am Cooking with Maple – Alissa Bascom
  • 9:30am Helpful Tips for the Beginner Producers – Steve Roberge
  • 9:30am Cleaning or Replacement Strategies to Maximize Sap Production: Which is Best? – Dr. Tim Perkins
  • 11:00am Is it Okay to Tap Below the Lateral Line? – Dr. Tim Perkins
  • 11:00am Hydrometers, Filtering and Bottling – Brad Presby
  • 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Hot Dogs, Salads, Chips, Drinks, and Desserts
  • 1:00pm Maple Confections for the Small Producer – Katie Woodard
  • 1:00pm Your Sugarbush Questions Answered – David Butler

In addition to the seminars, we will have several displays set up with information, demonstrations, and representatives from various businesses to answer your questions on products and services available to sugar makers. We will also have a Leader Evaporator in operation.

Bascom Maple Farm
56 Sugar House Rd.
Alstead, NH  03602

Maple Syrup: The Perfect Clean Label Ingredient

‘Clean label’ is no longer a trend—it is now a simple fact of doing business.  What started in the Natural and Specialty category of the grocery channel has now taken hold in the Conventional channel as well, as large companies such as M&M/Mars, Kraft, and Hershey focus on producing products with Clean Labels as well.

But what exactly does ‘Clean Label’ mean?  Simply put, ‘Clean Label’ is “trend of simplifying ingredient lists… [and to] to reduce the number of ingredients” in food products.  Where possible, simpler ingredients are substituted for more complex ones.  So, for example, “cream” is substituted for “microparticulated whey protein concentrate.”

The chain Panera has gone so far as to publish a “No-No List” of ingredients it will not use.  The company’s goal is to remove these ingredients from all menu items by the end of 2016.  It estimates that it is 85% of the way there.

Food producers are being forced to reformulate their recipes in order to maintain their bottom line.  According to research from Morgan Stanley, the Millenial Generation is three times as likely to “seek employment with a company because of its stance on social and/or environmental issues.” And they’re twice as likely to “check product packaging to ensure sustainability”, purchase from a brand because of its sustainability credentials, or put their money in investment funds that target sustainability outcomes.  Another study, conducted by the spice company Kalsec® found the following:

  • 80% of consumers indicate that a short and simple ingredient listing is important or very important.
  • 75% of consumers usually or always read package claims and ingredient listings.
  • 2 out of 3 indicate a “no artificial ingredients’ claim is important or very important

Maple syrup and maple sugar are two versatile, plentiful ingredients that can go a long way toward getting you a clean label, as maple substitutes for a long line of ingredients, including aspartame, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), maltodextrin, polydextrose, saccharin, sucralose, sucroglycerides, and other artificial sweeteners.  Bascom Family Farms has a long history working with food manufacturers in recipe formulation.  Contact us today to talk about how we can help you get a Clean Label.