How to Clean Your Smoky Lake Evaporator Pan

There are many commercial pan cleaners on the market and many people have had great results from them. However, there are also more natural approaches to cleaning your pan and you won’t have to go any farther than the grocery store to get the necessary ingredients. This method does NOT require a lot of elbow […]

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Start-Up List For Your Evaporator

Before you start your fire, make sure to run through the items on this list. Not all of these items may be applicable to you depending on what type of pan and accessories you are using, but these are all items that will help you protect your pans and prevent damage. If the sap level gets […]

Calendar Girls For ALS

Volunteers Bare All For Lou Gehrig’s Disease

In Honor Of Sugar Maker Eric Johnson… In 2012, maple syrup producer Eric Johnson of Tucker Mountain Maple was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In Johnson’s honor, Smoky Lake Maple Products of Hilbert, Wisconsin organized a fundraiser called Calendar Girls for ALS to help those who are affected by this devastating terminal illness. […]

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Thanks For Supporting Calendar Girls For ALS!

Many thanks to all the individuals and businesses who have contributed their time, talents and resources to make the Calendar Girls for ALS fundraiser a great success. Note: This list is in progress. Please check back soon as we continue to update the list! Calendar Dealers/Sponsors Media/Advertising Support The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace Hosting a […]

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Calendar Girls for ALS

Coming Together Over the past year, an all female team of volunteers has created a highly acclaimed series of artistically-composed maple scenes which highlight the beauty of everyday life. The collection will be displayed at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma but is also being compiled into a fantastic 2016 calendar to raise money and awareness […]

Eric Johnson knows the numbers

Eric’s Story

The Sugar Man Text and Photography by Amy Makechnie Eric Johnson knows his numbers like they’re tattooed on his arm. An Andover, New Hampshire maple sugar producer, he can tell you that in 2005, he sugared 24 gallons of syrup. In 2013, after over 400 hours of gathering, boiling, and filtering, 640 gallons were filled. […]