Jim Myers, founder of Ridge Valley Farm, has been vending his syrup at farmers’ markets in eastern Pennsylvania for more than a decade, despite his business’s humble beginnings.
“To be honest with you, before I started fooling around with syrup, maple trees were, to me, just another tree,” Myers said. “If one was in the way I just took the chainsaw out and cut it down.”
Myers found that he had lots of maple trees on his Montgomery County property, so he started tapping trees and making a few gallons of maple syrup each year to give away to friends and family at Christmas. He quickly discovered that he had a real passion for producing the syrup.“It was like an addiction, sort of like milking cows,” he joked. “You never seem to be milking enough.”