WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN OHIO?
Ohio is a great place to produce and market pure Ohio Maple Syrup. We have very productive soils to grow highly productive maple trees for high yield harvests of some of the best tasting maple syrup in the world. We also have a local customer base to sell to, something producers in other states do not have. The farmers’ markets system through OSU Extension and support from the Ohio Department of Agriculture through Ohio Proud help with marketing our products.
DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS:
Bonhomie Acres Maple Syrup can trace its syrup tradition back to the 1800’s with the fifth generation currently learning the art of maple syrup production from the grove of trees. Many of the trees are 250 years old.
Bonhomie Acres' current sugarhouse was built in 1948 by William and Kate Brown. Bill and Kate started out with 600 taps using horses to pull the sap-gathering wagons and boiled on a wood fired evaporator. Production had increased to 1,300 taps by the mid-1980s. In 1989, the first tubing system was installed with 500 taps in woods leased from a neighbor. The tubing system proved to be a much more efficient method of sap collection than the buckets. Today, Bonhomie Acres produces syrup from 4,500 trees located on 120 acres almost entirely on tubing systems.
We have had many visitors from across the USA and from many countries. Our syrup is popular as an Ohio gift and has traveled to all corners of the world. We have hosted the Heart of Ohio Tour, Maple Madness Tour, Ohio Maple Producers Association, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, OSU Extension, School Groups, Scouts, and Church Youth Groups.
In 2008 William Brown was inducted into The North American Maple Producers Hall of Fame. William was the only producer from Ohio to ever receive that distinction.
||7185 Quaker Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019, Knox County
|Type of Industry:
||Production and Distribution
||Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar, Maple Cream
|Number of Current Employees:
||1 full time, 1 seasonal, 10 family members as needed
|Year Company Started:
||Company dates back to the 1850s, Registered with state as Bonhomie Acres in 1978