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Two Pigs Farm 2015 Maple Syrup
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1.7 oz
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2014 Pure Maple Syrup
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8.45 oz.
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About our Syrups

Some of you may be wondering what the difference is between the 2 types of syrup we’re offering above.  The syrup on top, with the waxed, ‘swing-top’-style lids is syrup we boiled at our farm this spring.  It was an extremely short season for all VT-based sugaring operations this year, and we produced only about 280 gallons. There’s no question we will sell out extremely quickly.  But your cupboard need not be bare if that happens by the time you’re reading this.  We still have some syrup we bought in from our friend, Axel, that we bottled at the farm last year.  It’s the syrup we’re using at home, drizzling it over our pancakes, waffles, yogurt and other foods, and/or use to sweeten our tea and coffee.  Read on to learn more about it….

Every year we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to how much sap we collect from our sugar bush to boil down to syrup. It’s never enough and we typically sell out within hours of opening our site to sell it. The first year, we turned to our neighbor, Axel, and bought some from him to sell. It was a huge hit, but we’ve never done it since, finding it was too labor intensive for us to manage with all the other projects we had going on (i.e. working on the magazine, developing the TV & radio shows, raising kids, running the farm, etc). But over the years, many folks have literally begged us to offer his syrup again, so at last, we listened, heard their cries for more and bought again from Axel.

While we can't make claims it was produced from sap out of our trees, nor that we boiled the syrup at our farm, we did put it through numerous rigorous steps to insure the same quality you'd expect of our own syrup. Click here to see what it takes. Indeed most of the labor involved with preparing our syrup for sale is after it’s boiled, when we have to filter and bottle it. It requires a lot of hands-on, labor intensive work. We don’t have a bottling factory at our disposal. Axel delivered the syrup we’re offering in numbered barrels along with small, sample bottles, which were numbered to match. We first signed off on all the samples before accepting delivery. Next, we ran the syrup through a filter press to get out most of the impurities, and then filtered it once more as it was pumped into a 'finisher'. We heated it to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and bottled it, after which we labeled each bottle. This entire process was done completely manually and entirely on our farm. We of course tested the syrup as we processed each barrel, tracking it back to the original sample to make sure it matched the sample and that the quality lived up to our standards. We can't make claims to doing a blind tasting, comparing it to the syrup we boiled, but honestly we suspect we'd be hard pressed to say which is better, it's that good. Like with our own syrup, we guarantee complete satisfaction. If for any reason you're not happy with it, you can return it for a 100% refund.
A note about our fees:

First the shipping fee is our direct cost to UPS @ $1.50/lb.   We use heavy-duty glass bottles, which when filled with syrup are that much heavier. For example our 16.9 oz bottles weigh 4 lbs @ $6 UPS/bottle; the 33.75 oz bottles weigh 6 lbs. @ $9 for UPS/bottle.

We also include a processing fee, @ $11.50/order, which includes:
  • Fees for computer services, including our website hosting service and Paypal
  • Fees from our fulfillment house to pack the orders, store our product, manage our account (note: the accounts is open year 'round, and we 'enjoy' monthly fees for such (storage for materials, etc.), while we're only 'live for business' a couple of weeks.
  • Packing materials.  Every order is hand packed, and most of our packing materials are custom-manufactured.  Our volumes are low, so we rarely, if ever enjoy volume discount pricing
  • Shipping from the farm to our fulfillment house

It all adds up.  We try to keep this fee to a minimum, and this is the lowest we've achieved thus far.   We don't prorate the processing fee by bottle size/price, rather we pass it along per order.  It's kind of like renting a guest house.  You pay the the same rental fee if there's one guest or a full house of guests, you're renting the house as a single unit.  Same with our syrup, we pass along the processing fee to process each package, regardless of how much it contains.

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