|“Am I not a sugar maple man, then? Boil down the sweet sap which the spring causes to flow within you. Stop not at syrup, - go on to sugar, Through you present the world with but a single crystal…”
- Henry David Thoreau
|Fulfilling a Commitment to being a Diversified, Value-added Maple Supplier…|
David has always been committed to being a value-added diversified maple supplier. This means that as a company we strive to have a market for our syrup through having a wide range of products and customers. As a company Butternut Mountain Farm has also always been committed to having enough syrup to maintain all of the markets we’ve developed and the relationships we’ve built. To that end, in the early 1980’s after several poor seasons of maple production David decided to purchase syrup from other producers to supplement the syrup made on the farm. This decision turned Butternut Mountain Farm into more than just a producer of maple syrup, it became a marketer as well.
The commitment to always having a market for the syrup we make and buy and always having enough product to meet our customers needs has driven the growth of Butternut Mountain Farm. The consolidation of the retail food markets from small independent stores to regional independent chains and then to national and multinational organizations has meant that we’ve had to grow in order to continue to be able to supply our wholesale customers.
With the initial growth came the realization that we needed to relocate our packaging operations away from the farm. It wasn’t an easy decision. The farm had always been at the center of Butternut Mountain Farm’s operations. Being three miles out of town and at nearly 1200 feet in elevation makes the farm difficult to get to, especially in the winter and during spring’s mud season. Developing adequate infrastructure to support a growing operation there would have been a challenge as well. So, in 1989 Butternut Mountain Farm moved it’s packaging operations to the Lamoille Industrial Park in Morrisville, Vermont.
Initially the facility was 8,000 square feet with 10 employees, now nearly 20 years and 5 additions later it’s is ~54,000 square feet with 68 employees. Designed at each step of the way to our specifications, the facility provides a comfortable food safe work environment with an efficient workflow and ample capacity to meet our customers needs. With space dedicated to filling and bottling, bulk syrup processing, pure maple candy production and manufacturing maple sugar (our facility is one of only two operations in the United States where pure maple sugar is made), we are able to offer our customers a complete line of maple products and fulfill our mission of being a profitable, diversified, value-added supplier of maple products.