Places to Go: Baird Farm- Organic Maple Syrup
Tucked away in Chittenden, Vermont sits an extraordinary maple syrup farm. Baird farm is a family owned sugaring farm run by Bob, his daughter Jenna, and her partner Jacob. This 506-acre farm has been in the Baird family for over 100 years, once a dairy farm the Baird’s decided to sell the milking cows in 1996 and concentrate on their passion, maple syrup.
It’s clear that Jenna and Jacob have mastered the art of sugaring. Their depth of knowledge on all things maple is outstanding. Jacob and Jenna humbly give Bob credit for teaching them all that they know, and Bob credits his grandmother and years of experience for his expertise. The three of them place 11,000 taps within 2-3 weeks, which is a difficult feat. Luckily their sugarbush is located right near their sugarhouse. All of their taps flow directly into their sugarhouse, which allows them to start the production process quickly. The maple syrup that the Baird’s produce is top notch thanks to their attention to detail. With these honest farmers you get exactly what you pay for and you know the quality will always be of the highest caliber.
Once Jenna and Jacob took over the retail side of the business in January of 2017 they decided to give the Baird Farm brand an update. Jenna and Jacob both agreed that an overhaul of the old branding was necessary in order to get more traction. They first overhauled their website, changed up their logo, and finally modernized their labels. The striking new labels demonstrate modern day sugaring and show a more accurate depiction of the business. The concept for the new label is to, “Stray away from the traditional” revealed Jenna; an aerial view of the sugarbush with stunning blue tubing lines sits perfectly behind the new Baird logo.
Speaking of straying away from the traditional, Baird farm makes a Farmhouse Maple Ketchup. Jacob disclosed, “No one is really doing a maple ketchup.” With maple being added to numerous other condiments ketchup is not one that I had seen, and the results are incredible. The sweetness mixed with the richness of the tomatoes is best (in my humble opinion) on a bacon cheeseburger but I’m open to suggestions. Regardless this family farm is something to pay attention to. Both Jenna and Jacob are knowledgeable and driven and I imagine the Baird label will eventually be in restaurants and homes all over the country.
Join the Baird’s and discover a new class of maple syrup and maple syrup products. They are welcoming and kind Vermonters who want to share their passion for maple to locals and travelers alike. Check out their website for more information, also sign up for their monthly newsletter for updates on products and specials. Shop their farmhouse maple ketchup and maple syrup products online here and check them out on Instagram!