Move over, Vermont. The Stockton University Maple Grant Team has produced its first batch of syrup from its red maple trees on the university’s 1,600-acre Galloway campus.
The team collected 1,000 gallons of sap from about 90 trees this winter, which was boiled down to produce 11 gallons of maple syrup.
The program, born from a three-year, $410,000 U.S Department of Agriculture grant, seeks to determine if New Jersey’s abundant red maple trees can produce enough sap to generate a cottage industry.
It looks to be a sweet success.
Stockton is also partnering with homeowners in the area who are collecting their own sap and providing data for the project. Landowners had to have at least an acre of forest with a minimum of 10 red maples to be eligible for the project this year. Next year, those with fewer trees can try a couple of taps, too.
“Even sap collected from a single tree is enough for one or two pancake breakfasts,” said Aaron Stoler, assistant professor of environmental science in a prepared statement.
According to an announcement, Stockton President Harvey Kesselman recently tried some Stockton syrup on pancakes. His reaction?
“It’s delightful,” he said.