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Dar-View Maple Brings Six Generations Of Syrup Making To the Breakfast Table

By Rosie Cunningham


Brad Darling (right) and Charlie Darling, stand in front of their sugar shack at 2818 Fall Clove Road, DeLancey. Contributed Photo Brad Darling (right) and Charlie Darling, stand in front of their sugar shack at 2818 Fall Clove Road, DeLancey. Contributed Photo DELANCEY - For six generations the Darling family of DeLancey have been walking the woods and tapping trees for golden, sticky sap.

“We have been making syrup on our farm in DeLancey since 1850,” said Brad Darling, who owns Dar-View Maple with his brother Charlie.

The harvested sap is turned to syrup in grades - golden, amber, dark and very dark, each grade delicious when drizzled over pancakes. Granulated maple syrup, maple cotton candy, maple candy and maple cream are also syrup-based products sold at Dar-View Maple.

This season, Brad said he and Charlie have 3,000 taps and 6,000 feet of main line on the family property. They also have a lease agreement with the Department of Protection (DEP) on property that borders their own.

“We would like to expand upwards of 5,000 taps in the future,” he said.


The evaporator at Dar-View Maple in DeLancey. Contributed Photo The evaporator at Dar-View Maple in DeLancey. Contributed Photo The 36-year-old said last year, he and Charlie, 26, created 615 gallons of syrup. Over the winter, all lines remain in the woods and the pair make rounds to repair and update where it is needed - tapping begins mid-February.

The Darling family operate a dairy farm and Brad works for the DEP while Charlie works for Clark Companies by day.

“Like farming, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to a good season,” said Brad. “The ideal weather condition is 40s during the day and freezing temperatures at night. I find that the west winds makes the sap run best as well.”

He said that when the trees bud, the season is over.

“You never know what the season will bring but so far, so good - we are a little later than the last two years,” said Brad.


Dar-View Maple products which are sold on site at Fall Clove Road in DeLancey. Contributed Photo Dar-View Maple products which are sold on site at Fall Clove Road in DeLancey. Contributed Photo For Brad, traditional syrup making is in his blood. When he was a child, he came home from school and work alongside his father, uncle and grandfather. As the farm expanded, some family members stopped the trade but many members of the Darling family continue to help.

“I have been making syrup for 20 years,” he said. “All family members lend a hand in one form or another throughout the year whether it be during production, on maple weekend or through sales.”

He said the greatest draw to producing syrup is working out in the woods, walking the grounds, “...just as my ancestors did before me.”

“I also enjoy seeing the finished product,” he added.

Brad said he would enjoy it if his daughter (15 months old) and Charlie’s son (an infant) worked alongside them in the sap house in the future.

An opportunity to taste Dar-View Maple products is just around the corner. On March 23-24 and 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can visit Dar-View for Maple Weekend - the family has been participating for eight years.

“Throughout the year, our syrup is also featured for the brunches at the Shire Pub in Delhi, the Andes Hotel, Binnekill Restaurant and Catskill Regional Harvest on State Highway 28 in Andes,” said Brad.

There will be free samples, free farm tours and ongoing demonstrations of how pure maple syrup is made.

Visit Dar-View Maple, 2818 Fall Clove Road, DeLancey, or visit www.darviewmaple.com to see what the business has to offer - the operation can also be found on Facebook.

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