Goodell Family Farm History


Farm History


Maple Syrup is a tradition seven generations in the making on Goodell Family Farm. In 1825, Jonas Goodell purchased the original 130 acre farmstead in Shalersville, Ohio and established maple sugar making for the Goodells. Today, we continue tapping trees, boiling syrup, and making maple products on this same farm. The farm was honored in 1999 at the Ohio State Fair as an Ohio Century Farm.

Today the major focus of the farm is dairying, supported by an intensive grazing program, but maple syrup has been produced since the beginning of the farm. Many maple delicacies were developed in recent years to offer a variety of products to the consumer.

The Goodells employ many modern production methods to produce high quality maple syrup in a efficient method. The sugar bush includes 4,800 taps on a vacuum tubing system and utilizes reverse osmosis to remove up to 75% of the water before boiling. This speeds up the syrup making process and greatly reduces fuel usage. In 2008, Goodell Family Farm’s maple syrup was certified 100% organic. 

The maple syrup produced at the Goodells has received numerous awards on a local, state, and international level. Most recently at the 2016 International Maple Meeting our Golden-Delicate syrup received 2nd place!'

We take great pride in producing top quality syrup for our customers! 

The Maple Syrup Story

 Maple Syrup is truly an American product. It is produced in the area surrounding the Great Lakes. When the early settlers arrived in this country, they found the Indians in this region producing and using maple syrup and sugar.

They soon learned how to make these products and maple syrup and sugar became staples in the pantries of New England families. Often they were the only sweeteners available. 

Later as they crossed the Alleghenies, they brought with them the knowledge of the art of maple syrup making. Here this art has been handed down into an industry unique to the Northeastern United States, with Ohio making significant contributions.  In the mid 1800's Ohio was the nation's leading producer of maple sugar!


OHIO Maple

Maple Products in Ohio

 North America is the only place in the world that maple syrup is produced. In the United States there are 12 maple producing states and each year Ohio is ranked 4th or 5th in maple production. The maple industry contributes $5 million to the state's economy each year. In 1840 Ohio was the largest maple producing state, as recorded by the U.S. Agricultural Census.

Some additional interesting facts about Ohio maple:

  • Approximately 100,000 gallons are produced each year by 900 producers.
  • There is room for growth: Ohio's demand for maple products is currently greater than the state's production.
  • During the Civil War, maple sugar was used in the abolitionist in Ohio to protest of cane sugar produced by slave labor in the South.
  • Ohio's maple syrup is a “Super Food” that has many health benefits naturally provided by antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
  • The Lifesaver was originally sweetened with Maple Sugar created in Garrettsville, OH.


Maple Syrup Production Facts


  • 45-60 gallons of sap = 1 gallon of syrup

  • Sugar content of sap = 1.5%-2%

  • Sugar content of syrup = 66%

  • Number of taps per tree = 1-3

  • Number of taps per gallon of syrup = 2-4

  • 1 gallon of syrup = 11 pounds

  • 1 gallon of syrup yields = 7-8 lbs of maple sugar