Meet The Family
Dave started DHM with a handful of maple trees in his backyard in 1968. He is our founding Father (The man. The myth. The legend.) and works hard to maintain his woods and help with syrup production. Dave has been a staple at the CNY Regional Market for over 40 years! Find him in the A shed every Saturday.
Nate is Dave's son and business partner. He grew up heavily involved in syrup production and since his official introduction into the family business, has expanded and more than doubled DHM. Nate keeps very busy with woods-work, sugarhouse improvements, syrup production and markets/special events (he is also the one you see driving by with that big tank full of sap!).
Cristy is Nate's wife and does the "office" work such as bookkeeping, social media and website marketing, order prep, event planning, gift set/basket making and child wrangling.
Darren is also Dave's son and is a huge help around the sugarhouse from cleaning barrels all the way to production assistance.
Gerry is Dave's wife and has also been a familiar face at the CNY Regional Market for quite some time.
Kinslee is the boss. Born in 2018 to Nate and Cristy, she began the third generation of our sugaring family. Kinslee started attending markets at just two weeks old and we're sure she will one day be the boss.
Kaden is Nate and Cristy's second baby. He is the new guy on the scene but sure is sweet already!
At Dutch Hill Maple, we take pride in producing high quality maple products right here in beautiful Central New York.
To show our ongoing commitment to food safety, environmentally responsible practices and the effort to promote local products, we are proud to say we are officially New York State Grown and Certified.
Dutch Hill Maple's Core Values:
Quality. Community. Tradition. Family. Environment. Education.
Verify all products are up to our high quality standard.
Act as representatives of our business in a way our community would be proud.
Learn advances in technology to increase efficiencies while holding true to traditional standards.
Understand the importance of family and teamwork.
Ensure measures are taken to protect and preserve the forest landscape for future generations.
Serve the consumer by providing education regarding the importance of how food is made and where it comes from.
the history of DHM
Once upon a time in a small little town, a young man became interested in making maple syrup. At the time, he was attending a Tully Ag & FFA class. The teacher happened to have a sugarbush in Lafayette, where the young man would help empty sap buckets. From there, his interest grew. He decided to try his own hand at making syrup and tapped a handful of trees in his parents’ backyard. He carefully hung a bucket on each one and waited for the sap to run. He boiled the sap and made his very own syrup (we even have the first boiling pan hanging in our sugarhouse!). Turns out, once you start making syrup, you get this thing called “maple fever” and well, he never let another year go past without making more.
That young man was Dave Williams,
of Dutch Hill Road.
Dave eventually built his first sugarhouse
(pictured), which still stands in the woods
behind what used to be his parents’ house.
Some of you may have even seen it on tours
past. Imagine a hard winter, not unlike this
one, where your only way into the
sugarhouse was by snowshoe…
The years passed and Dave had a couple
of young men of his own. As a family,
they continued the tradition of making
syrup year after year. Each season, the
sap tanks got bigger and bigger and the
boys grew taller and taller.
The younger generation graduated school
and moved on with their own interests.
But March would still bring them all
back to the sugarhouse. It was about
this time that someone else entered
the picture – a young lady. She’d hang
out a bit at the sugarhouse and ride along
on sap runs with the boys. She was a local girl, with absolutely no knowledge of maple syrup. It must’ve been the syrup though (oh, and one of the boys ) that made her stick around…because she just never left.
In 2013, the youngest boy and the young lady were married. Nate and Cristy were living in “the city” doing what young kids do (really, I have no idea what this was – going to the movies?). Christmases would come and go and each year, all they wanted was to move back out to the country of Tully, NY. To be back in the great wide open and believe it or not, closer to the family maple operation. In 2014, after a rollercoaster of “yes, no and maybes”, they were able to secure a piece of land on Woodmancy Rd. This was the first official step of the second generation working to grow and carry on the business Dave had started way back when (and works very hard to continue to this day).
They walked the land. They ordered maple supplies. They went to work. They probably asked “what did we get ourselves into” and pulled out their hair a couple of times. But maple season came, as it always does, and the first official syrup from our Woodmancy Woods was born. They still have a bottle of that first syrup in their cupboard, for old times sake. Once the season was finished. they bottled lots of bottles and looking at them all in a moment of panic, exclaimed, “how are we going to sell all of this?!” But somehow, they did.
Having a little (lot) “maple fever” of his own, Nate worked hard to expand just about every year since. They were eternally blessed with a “meant to be” moment (that took five VERY long months of paperwork) in which they were able to purchase that house in the country the had always dreamed of, with acres of literal untapped potential. This expansion (along with the others) brought them to about 7,500 trees.
They watched the family business grow with each and every tap. More and more syrup was made. But people wanted maple candy. So they made candy (disastrously, at first). Then people wanted granulated sugar. So they made sugar (disastrously, at first). Then it was cream. Then seasoning. Then BBQ sauce. And more. Because they hated to be bored.
As their line of products grew, so did their family. A little girl and a little boy. Their pride and joy. The third generation is now learning and helping in their own way. Of course, maybe they’ll be a police officer (like Dad wanted to be when he grew up) or a zookeeper (like Mom wanted to be – really). But maybe, just maybe…that sticky syrup will bring them right back home each season. And maybe, just maybe we’re building something sweet for them to add to their own stories.
But no boys or girls hanging around the sugarhouse until they’re at least thirty.
New York State Fair Competitions
Grand Champion (and first place) - Dark Syrup
Miscellaneous other ribbons
Third place - Golden Syrup
Grand Champion (and first place) - Amber Syrup
Third place - Dark Syrup
Second Place - Maple Sugar Shapes
First Place - Golden Syrup
Grand Champion (and first place) -Amber Syrup
Second place - Dark Syrup
First place - Maple Sugar Shapes