Maple syrup-making afficionados will now have a place to buy equipment locally.
Timber’s Sugar Shack, owned by Tim and Amber Woodrow, is now open in the Goble’s Sewer Service office on 1st St. N.W. in Aitkin.
The new business features a full line of equipment and supplies needed for maple syrup production – taps, buckets, bags, tubing and more.
“If we don’t have what you need, we can get it within a day or two,” Tim Woodrow said.
Timber’s Sugar Shack is a subdealer for Roth Sugarbush, Cadott, Wis., and features the CDL brand of equipment.
Tim said he has made maple syrup since he was a child.
“I even filled my boots with sap carrying the buckets,” he joked.
He said his family used to drive four hours to get the supplies needed for their hobby.
It’s a rather large hobby nowadays since Tim and Amber tap 550 trees annually. The couple’s boys, who are ages two and three, like to ride in the Gator while collecting sap.
“There’s a lot of history of maple syrup in this area,” Tim said.
Pure maple syrup is produced in the northern U.S. and Canada during the early spring months. Pure maple syrup is a “natural” food that contains nothing artificial, no additives, no colorings or preservatives. The main sugar in pure maple syrup is sucrose. Minnesota has many licensed producers as well as numerous hobbyists. Minnesota is one of 19 states in the U.S. and three providences in Canada where maple syrup is made. Minnesota is the state with the most northerly latitude which produces maple syrup and also the most westerly state to make syrup.
Timber’s Sugar Shack plans weekday hours from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., but Tim suggested customers call ahead since he is also an employee on call with Goble’s Sewer Service. That number is (218) 429-5805.
Goble’s/Timber’s Sugar Shack is located directly south of the Village Laundromat in a log sided building. If coming in from Hwy. 210, take the road just west of Auto Value.