The Crown Maple story begins with Robb and Lydia Turner, and their desire to find a retreat for their family to call their own. Focusing the search in the Hudson Valley, which Robb had fallen in love with during his time at West Point, the family found a spectacular property with a wide range of geography, incredible trout streams, forests and fields, and a phenomenal view at the top of a mountain. They had found Madava Farms. The story of Madava Farms, however, begins much earlier.
Indigenous people have harvested sap for the production of maple syrup for centuries. When European settlers arrived in what became New York State, they also learned the process. By the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, many farmers in the northeast region of the United States were producing maple syrup, mainly for personal use.
It is rumored that the land that now makes up Madava Farms has an abundance of both sugar maple and red maple trees due to the rapid growth of new trees after the owner of the land failed to return from the war. What is known for certain, however, is that the area possesses an extraordinary amount of mature maple trees, perfect for sap harvesting.
Discovering Madava's Maples
Needing a new entrance to the property, Robb hired a local engineer to build a bridge over a trout stream, which began the conversation about maple sugaring. A neighbor who was also helping with the improvements also had experience tapping trees and making maple syrup.
A year and a half of research followed, including extensive work with Mike Farrell, the director of Cornell University's Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station, and Mike Greason, a well-known forester. Meetings with leading equipment manufacturers followed, and work began to create a maple syrup production process that set a new industry standard for purity, energy efficiency and quality. The harvesting of maple sap and the production of maple syrup doesn’t harm the forest or disturb wildlife, making it a fully sustainable practice. Maple sugaring is a perfect way to protect the forest, and Robb Turner set out to create a business that would do just that, not only on the Madava Farms property, but throughout the area.
Creating Crown Maple
Since 2010, Crown Maple has been crafted from sap produced at Madava Farms, from sustainably managed sugar and red maple trees. These particular types of trees produce the sweetest sap on the planet and, combined with the temperature and terroir of the Hudson River Valley, make it possible for Crown Maple to produce the finest quality syrup. Crown Maple Sugar is created by boiling the maple syrup, which is then ground and hand sifted.
The Present and the Future of Crown Maple
Now the choice of chefs, cooking professionals and fans of quality, organic products, Crown Maple is changing the perception about maple from a sweetener, to a defining ingredient. All across the U.S., people are discovering the distinctive taste profile, as well as the unrivaled taste and quality of Crown Maple. For those who demand the finest, Crown Maple sets the standard for maple, from bark to bottle and from pantry to plate.