Organic maple goodness at its finest from upstate New York

By Amy Sherman

No pancake or waffle is complete until it gets a drizzle of pure maple syrup, preferably in either dark and robust or light and delicate grade A syrup that comes straight from the source. That’s where Roxbury Mountain Maple comes in. Nestled away in the town of Hobart in Delaware County, New York, this family business specializes in all-natural and organic maple products with no chemicals added. Call it tree to table, with nothing in between.

The Holschers have daughter Rebecca to thank for the original idea, which came about when she attended a maple workshop with her father. Things kicked off in 2011 with plans for a seasonal business, but the business quickly expanded as they leased land and built a state-of-the-art sugarhouse. Today Dave Holscher, his wife Linda, and nearly all his eight kids help keep things running on their historic farm. With more than 100 acres, 20,000 trees, upwards of 19,000 taps, and almost 9,000 gallons of syrup produced this year, Roxbury Mountain Maple is the largest maple producer in the Catskills—and also one of the best.

Roxbury Mountain Maple offers so many different, luscious maple products that it’s easy to think outside the bottle—and now is the perfect time to stock up. Their maple cream is rich and smooth with just a slight crunch of maple crystals. This thick spread is perfect for toast—you won’t even need butter. And the unexpectedly ingenious uses don’t stop there. Switch to maple sugar on your morning oats, in your pancake batter, or on popcorn in place of salt, or satisfy your snacking sweet tooth anytime with Roxbury’s maple cotton candy, maple peanut brittle, maple drops, and more.

Tasty tidbits

  • The Black Tree, Tavern on the Green, and The East Pole are just a few of the restaurants that feature Roxbury maple products. You also may have seen their products at green markets in New York City.
  • Roxbury Mountain Maple has been featured in Real Simple, Thrillist, and Serious Eats.

Candied Maple Bacon recipe

Making candied bacon is easy with just maple sugar and bacon. Choose thick cut bacon for best results.

8 strips bacon, thick cut
16 teaspoons maple sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bacon on a rack over a sheet pan, and sprinkle each slice evenly with one teaspoon of maple sugar. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip each slice carefully using tongs. Sprinkle the reverse side of each slice with another teaspoon of maple sugar. Bake for about 7 minutes or until bubbly.

Let cool slightly before serving. (Good luck!)