Coombs Family Farms - 100% Pure Maple Candy Maple Leaf - 1.5 oz.
Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Maple Candy Maple Leaf is USDA organic and gluten free. For seven generations, Coombs Family Farms has produced 100% pure, great tasting maple syrup by taking special care of their ancient maple trees.
The Coombs Commitment: To make 100% pure maple syrup with no artificial flavors, perservatives or dyes; They never over-tap trees; They support the use of health spouts for tree friendly tapping; They never use pesticides in thier tree farm; Their grading standards are never compromised for short-term gain. Nurturing the forest for 7 generations. Certified Organic by QAI. Products of USA and Canada.
Pure Maple Candy
Coombs Family Maple Candy is naturally gluten free and contains only Coombs Pure Maple Syrup, which is boiled down, stirred and poured into molds for hardening. Coombs Family Farms offers three maple candies, all based on recipes from Arnold’s grandmother and made with only the finest all natural ingredients. One taste of this smooth, creamy maple treat and you’ll be hooked!
Coombs Maple Products
Get Real. Taste the Truth. Offering customers pure, delicious maple syrup is what Coombs Family Farms love to do – and taking care of the forest is their greatest responsibility. Coombs Family Farms pure maple syrup, certified organic maple syrup and all their maple products are harvested and processed responsibly in ways that not only ensure delicious maple products, but honor the needs of the forest, protecting the trees and drastically reducing their energy use and carbon footprint. They buy their maple from hundreds of small family farmers who are as dedicated to the practice of sustainable and organic agriculture as they are.
Coombs Family Farm products include 100% pure maple in various grades, organic maple syrup in various grades, pure organic maple sugar, pure maple candies, and pancake mixes. All of their maple products are naturally gluten free and made without the industrial additives or artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and thickeners found in ‘table syrup.’
Their organic maple syrup and organic maple sugar are certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI) and carry the USDA organic seal. They are also certified kosher by Kof K.
Commitment to Sustainable Forestry
Coombs Family Farms is passionate about making and selling maple, but they also care deeply about where maple comes from: the forest. It is part of their history, part of their heritage, and so it is their charge to care for it responsibly. Coombs Family Farms must do what they can today to ensure that the sugar makers of tomorrow – their children and grandchildren – can thrive while working close to the land.
As part of their commitment, Coombs Family Farms maintains and practices a sustainable forest management plan for their farm. They always use tree-friendly health spouts, and never jeopardize tree health by over-tapping – two taps per average-sized tree is our maximum. They use energy-saving reverse osmosis that reduces their energy consumption by 75% – and they are the first organic maple producer to have applied this technology.
Low impact vacuum tubing helps them protect the fragile root systems of their trees. The vacuum tubes can carry the sap from thousands of trees to one central holding tank, reducing the need for roads to collect sap from buckets, and so minimizing the compacting of soil that can wreak havoc on tree roots and cover vegetation that healthy forests need to thrive.
They always use QAI organic certified cleaning processes to prevent contamination of equipment, soil, and groundwater. They never use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and have organic certification buffer zones in place to protect our trees from potential ‘drift’ contamination from road crews or neighbors using pesticides.
They also buy from and support other small farmers who practice sustainable forestry and share their commitment to the environment. In this way they help support responsible forest stewardship policies beyond their farm, keep land open, forest ecosystems intact, and rural economies stronger.
Each spring Coombs Family Farms tap many of the same maple trees Arnold Coombs’ great-great-grandparents once tapped. Some of the trees are more than 300-years-old. As their farm has grown over the years, they take pride in maintaining their connection with these ancient maple trees. They represent an important link to the past, and remind them every day of what can be accomplished when a forest is cared for properly, and farmed with the long view in mind.
Seven Generations of Stewardship
There is one particular shaggy-barked old maple, tucked away in a high old sugar bush in Vermont that members of the Coombs family have been tapping for more than three hundred years. While the days of collecting sap using draft horses and sleighs are long gone, the approach to farming and caring for the forest that has guided them across seven generations endures: do right by the forest, and it will do right by you.
That old tree is a powerful symbol of our success in following that adage.
Since the mid-1800’s, the Coombs family has been acting as responsible stewards of the forest, following a ‘sustainable’ approach to agriculture long before anyone had a specific name for it – or could conceive of any other way to farm. As part of a fabric of nearly 8000 maple farmers who are all preserving maple forests and keeping land free from sprawl, Coombs Family Farms is doing more than making maple. They are helping to preserve crucial habitat for thousands of distinct plants and animals that need large intact tracts of forest to survive.
More than three hundred years after the family started sugaring, seventh generation maple farmer Arnold Coombs and Coombs Family Farms are still going strong. While many things in the maple business have changed, there’s one thing you can bet on: every year, ten or so gallons of maple will come from that old shaggy tree that was first tapped by Arnold’s great, great grandfather — back in the days when the best way to chase the chill of early spring in the mountains from your bones was a warm fire in the sugar house.
Small Farmer Advocacy
The Coombs Family Farms is one of the few companies remaining in the maple industry that is both a producer and a packager of maple syrup and maple products. They are as invested in supporting the growth of the category as a whole as they are to ensuring their own positive, sustainable growth.