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.)

Holidays Are Better with Maple Syrup!


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!

Maple Leaf Candy

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”


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


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?


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!


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


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


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!

New maple syrup grades

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 »


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