Locke, New York
In the summer of 2011 Jack Powers began construction of a sugar house and a 3,000 tap tubing and vacuum system to take advantage of Cayuga County’s strong maple industry on his family’s farm. February 4, 2012 was his first day making maple syrup.
Since then, the wholesale and retail maple business has grown to reach a capacity of 15,000 taps. The goal of Happy Jack’s Maple is to provide customers with the highest quality maple products from the Finger Lakes Region of New York. In addition to syrup, the farm produces maple cream, maple candy, maple popcorn, maple cotton candy and maple granulated sugar.
Jack is a customer-owner of Farm Credit East and received the financial assistance he needed to start his business through their FarmStart Program. FarmStart makes working capital investments of up to $75,000 to northeast agricultural ventures showing promise of success.