Read Brian O'Rourke's great article on "Madava Farms and America's Love Affair With Maple Syrup":
"Today I'm writing not about a cookbook or a recipe but a food adventure.
You may have had the experience my wife and I shared last weekend. You enter a chateau-like structure [this one was almost brand new and quite gleaming]. Inside, subtly lit wooden shelves hold an army of bottles for a bevy of products ready to take home. In the adjoining food court, there are dishes and delights for you to enjoy. Further back, you walk through the production area past barrels stacked to the three-story ceiling. You see the gleaming stainless steel production machinery. Finally, in quiet, cozy back room, there is a counter with product samples for you to taste and compare..."