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.)

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 »

Summertime and the Grillin’ is Easy… With Maple Syrup!

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After a long and cold winter, it’s finally time to kick off your boots, slip into some flip-flops and jump into summer! And, what’s the best part about warmer temperatures and longer evenings with sunlit skies? It’s officially BBQ weather! Before you fire up the grill and invite friends and family over for a cookout get to know some organic maple syrup-inspired recipes that will add some sweet zing to your summertime menu. Oh, all... More »

How Mother Nature Fooled the Bears

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Legend has it that many years ago, too many to be counted, Mother Nature taught a few people how to make a hole in a maple tree in the early spring and harvest the liquid inside. Back then, the liquid gold that flowed from the trees wasn’t sap – it was thick, sweet and totally yummy – just like the maple syrup we put on our pancakes and waffles today. Back then, only Mother Nature,... More »

How Pure Maple Syrup Helps Grow Healthy Kids

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What we eat as children shapes much of what we eat as adults. This is why it’s so important to develop healthy-eating habits early on. Just as importantly, it’s essential that children understand just what real food tastes like. This early appreciation of pure and natural foods is not only exciting, but it’s also a fundamental building block for a future healthy lifestyle. We believe that pure maple syrup can play a delicious role in... More »

New Maple Grades: Shopping for Maple Syrup Just Got Easier!

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Buying your favorite maple syrup products is about to get easier. This is good news if you love the taste of pure maple syrup, but have been puzzled about the various grades in the past. In attempts to alleviate consumer confusion the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) has proposed maple syrup grade changes that will establish an international grading standard. Just recently approved by the Vermont Legislature the new maple syrup grades are expected to... More »

The History of Maple Syrup: From Early North American Days to the Present

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Walking through the woods this time of year, the sugar maples are easy to find with their vibrant red leaves. It will not be long before the ground is carpeted with them—and soon thereafter, the maple limbs will be bare, and snow will be falling. That is when one begins to visualize metal buckets full of sap hanging on trees and being carried back to a “sugar house” where the sap will be boiled down... More »

Does Climate Effect Maple Syrup Production?

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As you may know, we’ve started featuring an “Ask Arnold” series on the Get Real Taste the Truth Facebook page, because I wanted to know what you were curious about when it comes to making and using pure maple syrup. I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this weekly feature —it has been a wonderful way to engage with so many pure maple syrup lovers. The questions have been wonderful and they often make me... More »

Real vs. Fake Maple Facebook Contest: Show us how much you love real maple!

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Do you love pure maple syrup? And does the fake stuff make you want to scream? To raise the social conversation and clearly show the differences between real maple and fake maple, Coombs Family Farms is launching a Real vs. Fake Maple contest on its Get Real Maple Facebook page. And we’re launching it on October 24th to help celebrate Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. According to... More »

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