Real maple syrup can be hard to come by in Texas. Countless restaurants claim to serve it, but people like Anna Aldridge who grew up in maple states up north can sniff out the maple-flavored corn syrup from a mile away.
Aldridge grew up on a farm in Blanchard, Mich., that has more than 6,000 maple trees, which the family taps to make syrup every spring. They boil the sap over a wood-fired evaporator into a silky syrup with no additives that Aldridge is now bringing down to Texas to bottle and sell at local farmers markets and stores.
Her company, Blackberry Blossom Foods, also sells maple candy and a spreadable maple cream, as well as seasonal jams, jellies and fruit butters, that are available at the Barton Creek, San Marcos and New Braunfels farmers markets on Saturdays, the Lone Star Farmers Market in Bee Cave on Sundays and the Wimberley and Dripping Springs markets on Wednesday afternoons.
Austinites also can buy the syrup at all the People’s Pharmacy locations, Hillside Farmacy, and Friends and Neighbors. Prices start at $5 for 3.4 ounces of the syrup and $10 for 8 ounces of the maple cream, and you can find out more at blackberryblossomfoods.com.