Maple Syruping has been a tradition for Lane while living in Northern Michigan. As they made syrup together, Lane's grandmother, Alma Mattson, recalled producing Maple Syrup during the days of the Depression so she could have sugar. He cherishes those memories of his grandmother as he shares the experience of syrup making with his wife, Cheryl.
Cheryl first learned of Maple Syruping when she met Lane in 1994. In 2003, she took a Sugarbush Management Course at Principia College to thoroughly understand the regiment of syrup production.
In 2006, Lane & Cheryl acquired an evaporator to boil larger amounts of sap. Unfortunately, it leaked and could not be repaired. Since they had already collected over 300 gallons of sap, the couple decided their "hobby" just became a business venture. After considering the process of making maple syrup, they named their production Sappy Tap Syrup.
Sappy Tap's first order of business was to purchase a new evaporator and they have been producing maple syrup ever since. The seasons are usually short, but when it's on, it's a full time job. It can be a lot of work at times, but the reward is "sweet!"
Lane appreciates maple syrup production because he sees it as a labor of love and it spiritually fulfills him. As a carpenter by trade and a military vehicle collector, he is able to use utilize his "off" times and equipment during sap season. Cheryl loves participating in the collection process and interacting with the community but her favorite part of production is cooking down; anticipating a bowl of butter pecan ice-cream with hot maple syrup drizzled on top... YUMMY!! There's nothing better...Enjoy!!
Lane & Cheryl Young