The Shanty Men

Maple syrup making at Fortune FarmsIn the old sugar shanty where we first made syrup from 1973 to 1990 we have installed a small wood fired evaporator. It is very similar to our original evaporator which was much larger, 5 feet wide and 14 feet long compared to 2 feet by 6 feet.

Even small children can peer into the small evaporator and get a good appreciation of the process. The open pans let the steam drift up through the roof vent and provides one of the most delightful smells of the spring season.

Eric Boysen is the main Shanty Man and along with one or two helpers will be pleased to describe the process and provide a taste of his syrup.