Goshen Road (Route 9)
Williamsburg, MA 01096
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owned. Year-round maple syrup, candy and cream.
of Leon Dufresne boiling sap in 1920
Dufresne Sugar House has been making maple syrup for four
generations, starting in Canada with my great-grandfather.
grandfather and father made syrup in Hawley, MA until Dad
went off to war in 1941. In 1982 we realized we had maple
trees on a piece of land we had recently purchased. We set
300 buckets the first year. That seemed like much too much
work, so in 1984 we switched to tubing, set 550 taps, and
made 110 gallons of syrup. Over the years we have grown
to setting about 6,000 taps and making about 1,000 gallons
of syrup per year.
and Arthur Dufresne boiling sap in 1937
February 2001 I acquired my life partner and fellow maple
syrup lover. She and I primarily, along with my son (the
fifth generation) and parents, now bring you our maple products.
are in the process of switching from flexible tubing, which
must be set and removed each year, to rigid tubing, which
stays in the woods year round and is cleaned in place using
a pressurized tubing system. Even with the permanent tubing
system, each of those 6,000 taps has to be handled 2 times
per season. The tap hole has to be drilled and the spout
inserted. At cleaning time, each spout is pulled out and
water is run through it. Then each drop line and spout has
to be drained of water and plugged up.
sap with Joe Dufresne in 1938
burn between 40 and 60 cords of wood per season to boil
the sap. One man can process about two cords of wood per
day, if he works diligently all day, so you can get an idea
of how much work goes into just putting up the necessary
wood. In addition to cutting wood to burn, there is forest
upkeep. Bear, coyote and squirrel damage to the tubing system
must be repaired. Brush must be kept down in order to to
make it possible to walk from tree to tree. There is a lot
of equipment required for this job, including an evaporator,
the tubing, a tractor, a truck, a four-wheeler and a snowmobile.
The latter two are for getting around in the woods where
a tractor or truck cannot go. All of this equipment must
the "sugaring season" is very short, "sugaring"
is a full-time job when all of the above work is considered.
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