On Tuesday, March 1, Darren Eisenlord filed a civil complaint against Quaker Oats, saying that the use of the word ‘maple’ in product names that do not contain any maple syrup causes confusion among consumers. Mr. Eisenlord is seeking class-action status, and is asking for damages as well as an injunction that Quaker Oats change its packaging.
When you set out to install over 90,000 taps, it is a good idea to get an early start. It is still January, but conditions are favorable for sap flow, with nighttime temperatures in the 20s and daytime temps in the 40s, and we’re about a third of the way through tapping. Hats off to our crew out in the woods who work year-round to maintain our sugarbush and some 400 miles of tubing!
As the season progresses, we will bring you updates from the sugarbush, with photos, video, and maybe even a producer profile.
Starting August 1st, 2015, Bascom Family Farms, Coombs Family Farms, and Brown Family Farm began shipping maple syrup labeled in accordance to the new maple syrup grading system. We will continue to fill orders placed before that time using old labels while quantities last. In addition, some of our private label customers have not yet made the change, so they too will continue to receive maple syrup under the old grading system for the time being. Once Bascom supplies of maple syrup with the old labels is exhausted, we will ship exclusively using the new grading system.
Still confused about the new maple syrup grades? Here’s a handy chart to sort it all out: