Jon was first introduced to syrup making at the age of five where his family hung a few sap buckets and boiled in a kettle in the backyard. As a teen and young adult, he continued this tradition on a small scale. What began as a hobby to pass down to his young daughter in 1999 evolved into Link Maple Farm. The traditional post and beam sugarhouse was originally built in the small town of Blossvale between the East and West branches of Fish Creek. A few hundred maple taps grew into a few thousand and an addition was added to the back of the sugarhouse. Maple sap was gathered from a sugarbush in Camden and various small collection spots in the Blossvale area. By 2003, we outgrew our small hobby farm location and began looking for a larger farm with a sugarbush. In 2004, we purchased a farm on the other side of Fish Creek in the town of Annsville and moved the original sugarhouse to this location.
We continue to collect sap from the same sugarbush in Camden and focused our attention on our new woods in Taberg. Both our Taberg & Camden woods are on an entirely closed modern maple tubing system on vacuum. Our Taberg woods presented more of a challange to collect the sap from there and transport it to the sugarhouse. Maple sap has to be pumped 2,600 feet underground through a 1 1/2" pipeline to the 5,000 gallon stainless steel tank that feeds the reverse osmosis machine and state of the art woodfired evapoator inside the sugarhouse.
Our farm displays the Maple Leaf Block pattern on the main barn & is one of the stops on the Oneida County Barn Quilt Tour. It is a driving tour to promote local agriculture and view the scenic farms in the area. All of the barn quits on the tour can be viewed from the road and it is a self guided driving tour.
Our pure maple products are available all year long at our farm, local farm stand, store or by mail. During the month of March, you can stop by for the year's fresh crop of maple syrup. The last weekend in March, we have our annual maple open house.
Link Maple Farm
4045 Macfarland Road
Taberg, New York 13471