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Bruce Bascom

Bruce’s Corner

A few words from Bruce

We remain optimistic about the future of the maple syrup industry. There continues to be rapid changes in equipment technology which increase sap production and efficiency in your sugar house. It is a good time to come to Bascoms to upgrade your old equipment with modern new lead free welded tanks and pans. Payback is rapid for caiptal investments in better tubing and vacuum systems in the woods as well as for energy efficient investmens such as reverse osmosis machines and steam-aways in the sugar house.

Bascoms' needs to buy increasingly larger quantities of bulk syrup. We buy syrup outright in drums, and accept it towards trades for equipment, supplies, or other grades of syrup. We give preference to U.S. origin bulk syrup suppliers and preference to those exchanging syrup as payment for equipment sales. We especially need a greater amount of organically certified syrup and are paying a $ .10/lb. premium for organic.

2018 maple syrup crop, while down from last year, was still a large one for the US. Here at Bascom's we had our best year ever! We remain optimistic that for at least the next few years a better balance can be reached between expanding production and expanding market consumption. Both the production and cunsumption are rapidly growing and we expect within a decade the industry to be twice the size it is today. We are certain the maple industry has a bright future.

All of us at Bascoms wish to thank you for your business, and good luck on the year ahead. 

Bellow is a copy of our policy for those that wish to sell us bulk syrup.


In our continuing effort to provide maple syrup of the highest quality, the following policy is in effect:

  • Starting March 1, 2014, maple syrup stored in galvanized drums will not be accepted. 
  • Starting March 1, 2014, Bascom Maple Farms will not be providing free drums.  Producers will need to own their drums.  Bascom’s will no longer have a drum exchange program.
  • If any producer’s drum is lost, Bascom’s will replace the drum with one of equal quality, new or used (i.e. plastic for plastic, stainless for stainless).
  • Continuing with our current practice, only food grade drums of maple syrup will be accepted.  Stainless steel, food grade plastic, and food grade epoxy lined are good examples of what will be accepted.  (No syrup transferred from tin milk cans or any other unacceptable drums will be accepted.)
  • Drums that have previously held non-food grade products (i.e. sanitizers, acids) will not be accepted.
  • Drums that have previously held food considered an allergen will not be accepted.  The “Big Eight” major allergens in the U.S. are milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
  • Plastic drums that have been labeled “not for reuse” will not be accepted. 
  • We will continue to accept food grade five gallon drums and will continue to charge a five cent per pound deduction.

Syrup drums should arrive at Bascom Maple Farms clean. Drums should be transported in clean vehicles.  We reserve the right to refuse any dirty syrup drums.

Bascom Maple Farms is selling new stainless steel 40, 30 and 15 gallon drums.  We also have available new 55, 30 and 5 gallon epoxy lined steel drums.  The estimated lifespan of a new stainless drum is 25 years with epoxy lined estimated at 3 years.

We’re proud to have some of the best producers in the industry supplying us and as we all raise our standards to grow the maple industry to new levels, we look forward to your continued cooperation.

Best wishes for next season.