Episode 14: Syrup To The Stars
I'm sure you know where maple syrup comes from but, do you know how it's made? Do you know the history behind it? or know all the different ways it can be used? Well, you're in luck! We are joined by Tim Burton & Brad Kirouac of Burton Maplewood Farm to give you all the ins and outs of the business that they have learned while creating some of the best syrup in the country. From pure maple syrup to bourbon, brandy & whiskey barrel aged syrup, their products have brought them from the maple house to Oprah, Lady Gaga, Richard Branson & some of the top chefs all over the country. If you haven't tried this syrup, order some up, sit back, and listen to this podcast over a bowl of ice cream drizzled with barrel aged syrup and enjoy!
-Syrup season. How it works, what a run is, the process of tapping the maple and what is done after it makes it to the maple house.
-Global warning and syrup production. Tim talks about how he believes global warming is affecting the syrup season and why.
-Syrup economics. We discuss how sap production is helping the local economy.
-Barrel Aged Collaborations. Tim & Brad talk about some of the barrel aged syrup they are producing for distilleries all over the country using bourbon, brandy & whiskey barrels.
-Some of the biggest challenges in the syrup business.
-Expanding. Tim & Brad talk about expanding the business to new states, being in 42 weekly farmer's markets and their plans to be in 100 in the next 2 years. They also talk about even though they are growing, they are still a family run business.
-Connections to Oprah, Lady Gaga, Richard Branson and many top chefs all over the country. Tim & Brad share a few stories of how these connections came to be & how amazing it is to have those opportunities.
-Why they would rather sell to farmer's markets & restaurants as opposed to the big box stores.
-How Burton's Maplewood Farm came about & how Tim got involved in the maple syrup business. (It is actually a really cool story)
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