Crown Maple Farm Continues Transforming Maple Syrup Industry and Economic Region
New York’s leading maple syrup producer elevates product category, culinary arts, local economy and food industry with innovative new production model.
In just two years, Crown Maple Farm has become New York’s leading supplier of pure maple syrup with 2012 production expected to more than double harvest totals from 2011. In the process, Crown Maple is changing the way everyone, from chefs to consumers to business leaders, views sustainable food production and quality ingredients in today’s consumer-driven market.
“I’m extremely proud of what our team accomplished during our first harvest and look forward to doing even more in 2012,” said Robb Turner, owner of Crown Maple Farm. “We’re harvesting right now and anticipate using up to 40,000 taps. That means expanding our workforce in order to get more of our organic maple syrup to more people. We’re excited to be part of the increased vitality of the region and help boost the state and county.”
Family-owned Crown Maple Syrup is available online at www.CrownMaple.com and at select specialty grocers throughout the Northeast, as well locations in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Seattle, Kansas City, Charlotte and Texas. The syrup is certified 100 percent organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Certified Organic, LLC.
Light, graceful and refined, Crown Maple Syrup is premium syrup that’s a departure from conventional varieties because of the innovative and sustainable production methods used on Crown Maple’s 800-acre farm in the Hudson River Valley. Another key is quality control. A sommelier establishes exact taste profiles and helps maintain the purity of the product.
Residents of New York’s metropolitan area, Robb and Lydia Turner bought their land in 2007 to use as a family retreat, but soon discovered they owned a pristine grove of century-old sugar maple trees.
“It was early spring, and we were able to sample the syrup from the trees,” said Robb. “The climate and soil conditions here are ideal, and we were surprised at how great the syrup tasted. It was completely different from mass-produced syrups. Lydia is a phenomenal scratch cook, and I have a personal passion for sustainability. Right away, we envisioned the potential to organically produce the purest of maple syrups while being stewards of the land and creating jobs that support the local economy.”
Innovative Production Model
The Turners and their team control the production process from tree to tap to sealed bottle, typically harvesting daily from February to April or whenever temperatures range from 20 to 40 degrees. Rather than holding the sap for days and risking contamination and a breakdown of natural sugars, the Crown Maple production process begins the same day the sap is collected, ensuring the freshest syrup possible.
The Crown Maple process uses a vacuum technology to harvest the maple sap. Once it reaches the 20,000 square foot sugarhouse, an energy-efficient reverse osmosis unit quickly and efficiently removes up to 90 percent of the water to produces a concentrate with precise sugar content (measured in Brix). From there, a three-stage state-of-the-art evaporator finalizes production. The syrup is filtered, then bottled and sealed on site according to standards for Light, Medium and Dark Amber syrup. Each step of the process has been customized to exceed industry standards.
Maple Syrup at its Finest; Used by Top Chefs
Because of its purity and refined flavor, Crown Maple Syrup represents a production breakthrough in both the maple and natural sweetener categories. Perfect as a coffee and tea sweetener, or on pancakes and other classic breakfast foods, Crown Maple Syrup is also a delicious ingredient for many other culinary creations. Crown Maple Syrup doesn't have the high glycemic counts found in the refined or artificial sweeteners of other syrups, making it an exquisite addition to sweet and savory preparations, such as vinaigrettes, marinades, glazes and cocktails.
“Prominent chefs who have worked in some of the finest restaurant kitchens with modern methods and the highest quality ingredients are using Crown Maple Syrup in their recipes,” said Lydia Turner.
Recognized for Excellence
Crown Maple received the 2011 Business Excellence Award for Agriculture from the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation and is a top choice of award-winning chefs, culinary experts and mixologists who praise its purity. It is served at some of New York’s finest restaurants, including three of the city’s seven prestigious Michelin 3-star rated locations.
Crown Maple is also a founding board member of the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance, an initiative of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. The alliance launched February 2, 2012 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. More than 53,000 people are employed by the food and beverage industry in the region, and the industry has 68 million customers. The Alliance is linked to tourism, hospitality and agriculture.
Crown Maple Syrup is sold at www.CrownMaple.com for $17.95 per 12-ounce bottle of Medium Amber or Dark Amber; $19.95 per 12-ounce bottle of Light Amber; $51.95 per Crown Maple Trio, including three 12-ounce bottles of Light, Medium and Dark Amber; or $19.95 for a Crown Maple Petite Trio, which includes three 1.7-ounce bottles of Light, Medium and Dark Amber. Crown Maple themed apparel is also available.
About Crown Maple Syrup
Family-owned Crown Maple Syrup is quite possibly the purest maple syrup available today, made with superior flavor and exceptional quality for anyone who loves wholesome, delicious foods. Produced by Robb and Lydia Turner and their team on their majestic 800-acre wooded farm, featuring ideal climate and soil conditions that can be found only in Dutchess County, N.Y., Crown Maple Syrup combines the best of nature with state-of-the-art production for a refined taste found in no other syrup or sweetener. Crown Maple Syrup is certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Certified Organic, LLC. Crown Maple Syrup is available online at www.CrownMaple.com and at select specialty grocers. Crown Maple Syrup is also served at some of the finest restaurants in New York.