Get Real Maple Blog

Welcome to the Get Real blog by Coombs Family Farms! Here’s where you’ll get all the updates on our quest to protect small farms, to promote the benefits of real, local food, to warn you of the dangers of eating food that’s created in a lab instead of by nature, and of course, to talk about how much we love our favorite real food – pure maple syrup. So treat this like a plate of pancakes in the morning, and dive in! (And be sure to come back for seconds, because we post new stuff regularly.)

Is Maple Water the New Must-Have Beverage?

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It’s hard to believe that something as simple as water could change over time, but it has. The last decade has introduced new water variations that have made waves across the beverage industry. From sweet to nutritious to colored (even black), water has never been so interesting to consumers. And now, maple has joined the water mix, prompting the question: Is maple water the must-have drink for 2015 and beyond? What is maple water, exactly?... More »

The Wide World of Natural Sweeteners

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If your New Year’s resolution includes making wiser (and healthier) food choices, Coombs Family Farms has a few sweet tips for you. A great way to rid your diet of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial sweeteners, and chemical additives is to switch to the wonderful world of natural sweeteners. Best of all, the switch is easy to make and delicious! The sweet round up There are four go-to natural sweetener essentials that are easy... More »

Maple Sugar Makes Your Favorite Holiday Recipes Even Better

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It’s so important to fully stock your kitchen as the holiday season approaches. At any given moment, you’ll need to whip up some holiday treats. This year, why not mix it up? Instead of using traditional white granulated sugar, look to something that raises the bar a bit. What is 100% natural, richly sweet, and a perfect alternative to other forms of sugar? Maple sugar! If you don’t know much about maple sugar, or haven’t... More »

Maple Holiday Treat and Gift Basket Ideas

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Forget the fruitcake this holiday season – it’s time to give your friends and family delicious gifts they’ll really enjoy. And what do people love year-round, especially during the holidays? Maple, of course! This mouth-watering ingredient is perfect for all sorts of gifts for everyone on your list. We’ve provided some gift basket suggestions to start you on your way! Do you know your maple? Before you pull together your gift baskets, do you know... More »

Holidays Are Better with Maple Syrup!

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There is always that one night, poised on the tipping point between summer and fall, when you need that blanket. In that subtle shift, our minds transition from thoughts of beaches and watermelon slices to downhill skiing and steamy mugs of hot chocolate. We begin to get butterflies in our stomach in anticipation of the holiday season that is suddenly just around the bend. Once that reality sets in, visions of crisp cold mornings, cozy... More »

Allergy-Free Maple Candy is a Perfect Treat!

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Childhood treats have always been a favorite reminder of our younger years. Whether it’s ice cream, cookies, cake, or pie, we all remember our “go-to” sweet tooth favorites. However, today’s world is filled with “off-limits” allergen foods and parents are faced with an entirely new set of decisions and challenges making treats anything but easy. So, is there really any such thing as an allergy-free sweet treat? Is there any candy or confection out there... More »

The Crunchy “Summer of Granola” or … How to “Unleash Your Inner Hippie”

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Jody Nagel’s business story begins in 1969, in the “summer of granola.” Her mother Samantha (formerly known as Florence before a 1960s-inspired name change) whipped up her first batch of granola. Over time, the batches evolved with new ingredients and new techniques, raising the bar of deliciousness each and every time. Many years later, she gave the 45-year old family recipe to Jody. Jody soon started creating her own batches, relishing in the delight of... More »

How Maple Sugar and Texas Earth Help Build Healthy Soil

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As consumers, we have become increasingly more health-conscious and more aware of our foods. We look for organic labels, try to avoid chemicals and additives that we can’t pronounce, and buy local if and when we can. However, we don’t always connect the dots between healthy foods and healthy soil. Healthy soil, maintained through sustainable methods, is important for the diversity of our environment as well as for our future food supply. The good news... More »

Thirsty For a Real Maple Liqueur?

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If you’ve ever wished for a beverage that tastes like pure maple syrup fresh from the farm, we’ve got some good news for you!  These days, consumers are asking for maple as a healthy and natural alternative sweetener in almost everything from juices to yogurt and cereal to bacon. Now, maple is finding its way into beer, liqueurs and an assortment of alcohol beverages including flavored bourbons, whiskey, and even moonshine. Several well-known brands have... More »

Maple Bacon Broccoli Salad

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Ingredients 1/2 pound bacon, fried and crumbled 1 head fresh broccoli, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and shredded 1 small apple, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch cubes 1 small red onion diced 1 C mayonnaise 2 Tbsp Maple Sugar (sweeten to taste) 2 Tbsp white vinegar Directions Fry bacon, crumble and set aside. Wash and chop broccoli and place in a large bowl. Wash, peel and shred carrot then add to broccoli; add diced onion,... More »

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