Can South Jersey be a contender in the maple syrup industry?

Jan 12, 2023, 4:01amUpdated 1h ago

By: Brian Donohue

It started a few years ago with 40 trees and a question: Can you produce maple syrup – largely produced in New England and Canada – in the relatively balmy climate of South Jersey? The answer seems to be yes.

At Stockton University, students, workers and volunteers were busy this week tapping 400 maple trees, hooking up plastic tubing that will gather the sap to be boiled down to syrup later this winter.

The Stockton Maple Project, which started with just a few dozen trees three years ago, aims to show farmers and hobbyists that South Jersey syrup is a viable pursuit, either for income or just the perfect pancake breakfast at home.

On today’s “Brian’s Positively New Jersey” segment, Brian Donohue visits the maple grove as workers tap the trees and takes a taste test of South Jersey syrup.

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