For sugarbushes, we generally prefer sites within a 10 minute drive of our facility just north of Kempton, Indiana. We prefer woodlands of 10 acres or more, the larger the better. Maple density is a critical factor. The more large hard maples the better, but we do tap soft maples. Seasonal wetland woods is not a problem; in fact many of them have high tap counts of soft maples, and we will tap them. Access to power and water is nice, but not necessary. Typically, we are looking for woods with a minimum of 500 taps or more.
Because maple harvest is from trees throughout a woods, and we use modern tubing systems, sugarbushes have a network of thin tubes strung through the trees year round. And we need a small area with adjacent vehicle access, to site a tank or two, and a vacuum pump, but this doesn’t take more than about the area of a large shed. Tubing is compatible with typical woodland activities including hunting, hiking, and cutting firewood. If your woods has vehicular roads where obstruction is a concern, we can use a variety of techniques to provide seasonal passage (e.g. quick disconnects) or all year passage (e.g. going under the trail).
If you’re interested in talking with us about having a sugarbush on your property, email us or give us a call, and we will arrange to visit your site to talk about the possibilities.