A small sugaring venture is a lot of time, money, and fun. If you are planning on starting a small operation of 150 taps, equipment could be around $4000, assuming you already have a sugarhouse built. This will make about 35-50 gallons of syrup. If you sell your syrup for $32 per gallon your revenue for one year would be $1300 to $1600. After operational costs you would have to work at least five years to make a profit.
Whats involved with making syrup? It takes most of your time and attention during the 6 week season. From laying out and checking the lines to actually boiling the sap to make syrup is a lot of work, but is 110% worth it. In the end you want to sell your syrup, by finding people to buy this tasty treat.
If you still want to do sugaring after all the time and effort, this is what you will need to get you started:
- Evaporator, wood or oil fire; sap goes in syrup comes out!
- Tubing washer
- Gasoline powered tapper
- Storage tanks
- Fuel, jars and other small equipment