ABOUT MAPLE SYRUP
Buy, Distribute or help Harvest Pure Maple Syrup at Pleasant Hill
Through the generosity of a Dick and Betty Jo Wiles (Dick serves on our Board of Trustees) and their committed volunteers, Pleasant Hill produces its own yearly supply of pure Maple Syrup. We sell large and small quantities to individuals and businesses and use the syrup in our camp kitchen year round. We are lucky at Pleasant Hill to have a perfect hill on which to tap trees. This allows our system to primarily run on gravity flow. We also have a vacuum pump to help keep the low spots flowing.
Volunteers can help the camp is several ways:
- Volunteer to help in the syrup making process. Wood cutting, splitting, line maintenance and bottling among other ares need filled.
- Buy our syrup for use in your own home or give away as gifts.
- Distribute syrup for the camp and return the proceeds back to the camp.
1. Maple trees are tapped with one to three taps per tree depending on the size of the tree. The taps are hooked together, (with the blue tube) then the trees are linked into larger tubes which feed into one main line.
2. Through this system the sap runs into 2 500 gallon stainless steel tanks. From the tanks the sap flows into the evaporator which sits on a custom built wood fired stove, built by Aaron & Dick Baird. The sap is boiled down into syrup using fallen and dead trees culled from over 200 acres of woods.
3. Our evaporator is custom built and donated by Morton Salt. The entire finishing process is housed in our syrup barn at the foot of the hill.
4. When the sap has boiled down almost completely it is filtered, finished and bottled. It takes about 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
5. We sell the finished product and use it in our camp kitchen year round. It is served with our pancake breakfast and flavors many of our camp dishes such as our maple glazed ham, baked beans and more.