Real maple syrup is a precious commodity. It takes between 40 and 50 gallons of maple sap to make a single gallon of real syrup. Most people associate maple syrup production with Vermont, upstate New York and Canada but for those of you who like to keep it a bit closer to home, Spring Hills Farm is the answer. This organic farm has been in the hands of the Hull family since 1945 and produces maple syrup, Christmas trees and wool. They also offer farm stays for those of you who are interested in spending some time on a working farm.
They offer an array of maple syrup varieties, including Grade A medium amber, Grade A dark amber and Grade B. Most people gravitate towards the lighter grades of syrup, but if you like to bake or cook with syrup, I recommend trying the Grade B. It has a richer, more assertive flavor that works wonderfully in recipes.
All the Spring Hills Farm syrups are $10 for pints and $18 for quarts. They only offer the Grade B syrup in quarts at this time. You can find this syrup at the Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market occasionally and more regularly at the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market.