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Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water

We recently met with Rebekah, representative of the New York-based Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water company, at the Lake Erie Maple Expo in Pennsylvania. Rebekah explained that Asarasi is purchasing the waste from maple producers’ R.O. systems (which is pure water). They then carbonate and bottle the water, and sell it at a wide variety of […]

Kate Cooke

Sugar Maker and US Air Force Veteran, Kate Cooke

Happy Veterans Day! Today We Honor Our Fellow Sugar Maker, Kate Cooke, For The Service And Sacrifices She Made For Our Country. Interview October 27, 2017: Angela: Kate, thank you for your service. I’d love to learn more about it. In which branch did you serve? Kate: I served in the US Air Force from […]

Green Husks

The Hickory Tree

Commonly referred to as “shag bark trees”, there is no denying that the Hickory Tree looks very different from our beloved maples, but I would argue that they are equally fascinating. Just like maple trees, the hickory can be used to make a delicious syrup. However – unlike maple syrup – hickory syrup is made by boiling hickory bark. No sap required! […]

Weight Limits for Vehicles Transporting Maple Sap or Syrup

A letter from Senator Terry Moulton and Representative Bob Kulp Date: Tuesday, September12, 2017  Subject: Co-sponsorship of LRB 0366-1 and 2022-1, Weight limits for certain vehicles transporting maple sap or syrup DEADLINE:  September 19, 2017  Under current law, vehicles transporting dairy products enjoy a slightly higher maximum weight limit than most transport vehicles. This bill would […]

Blueberry Bush

Creamy Blueberry Maple Pops

It’s Blueberry Season!   Take Advantage of Fresh, Local Berries. Our Creamy Blueberry Maple Pops recipe requires just THREE simple, healthy ingredients. Like maple syrup, blueberries are packed with antioxidants. Also similar to maple syrup, blueberries are a great source of manganese which plays an important role in energy production.   Creamy Blueberry Maple Pops INGREDIENTS 1 […]

Jim and Angela Schumacher

Hilbert Progress Article 2017

Written by Delta Publications, July, 2017 What began as a side business for Angela and Jim Schumacher has quickly evolved into a successful company that supports nine full time employees. Smoky Lake Maple Products began in 2010 in the Schumacher’s garage. It has since grown to a full manufacturing facility located in the TIF district […]

Sycamore tree found in Bensheim, Germany

Is That A Maple Tree?

Hello from Bensheim, Germany! I took a nice walk today and leisurely surveyed the landscape as I strolled along. The sun was out, birds were singing German love songs and all was right with the world. La la la. And then Bam! Something caught my eye that stopped me dead in my tracks… Is that a MAPLE LEAF […]

Sugarmaker's Companion

National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017

This week is National Library Week! In celebration of this special week, Smoky Lake is sending a special donation/grant to the Public Library in Williamsburg, Ohio. The funds will be used for children’s reading programs and/or adding additional maple books to their circulation. Are there any maple books you would recommend for the Library? Are there any […]

Video Contest - Smoky Lake University

2017 Video Contest — Smoky Lake University

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Smoky Lake Video Contest! We’ve got seven weeks of great prizes planned including the grand prize $500 gift certificate for SmokyLakeMaple.com! This year, the contest theme is “Smoky Lake University”. Create a short, educational video showing how you use your Smoky Lake Maple equipment. Remember, we ALL have something to teach/share. And we […]

Krispy Kreme

Stand Up Against Krispy Kreme’s Fake Maple

Another big food manufacturer is in the news after being sued for a misleading product name. This time it is Krispy Kreme Donuts. They advertised a “Maple Glazed” Donut which did not actually contain any real maple syrup. Come on Krispy Kreme! You are breaking our hearts! To petition against this misleading practice, reply in the comments […]