Loch’s Maple: From Past to Present
Many types of trees grow in Pennsylvania's vast forests, but the sweetest tree of all is the sugar maple. It's the sap from this tree that has been used for more than 40 years to make Loch's pure maple syrup and Loch's other maple products.
In 1981, Randy Loch, along with his father, decided to enter the maple syrup business. They began with just 50 buckets and boiled the sap over an open fire in a sap house made from construction scaffolding covered with a tarp. In the next few years, an old grain building was skidded from 1/4 of a mile away and placed on the site now occupied by today's sap house.
When Sap Season
Comes in mid-February, the sap bug hits the neighborhood. With the help of family and friends, the tapping of the trees gets underway. Along with selling maple products, Randy and Jamie are also dealers for Maple Sugaring Equipment such as CDL, Lapierre USA, Sugarhill Containers, and Marcland Draw off systems.
If you are wondering what got the Lochs into this maple hobby gone sweet: It is the pure love of the outdoors and the natural flavor of pure Pennsylvania maple syrup. In 1996, Randy and Jamie Built a Concession Stand and started taking Syrup to a local fair. Loch's Maple now participates in four, one-week-long fairs and several small craft shows each summer. In 2018, Loch’s Maple had a new concession trailer built as they had outgrown the one they built.
Since 1995, Randy and Jamie have been members of the Endless Mountains Maple Producers association. Seeing the need to increase the public awareness of Pennsylvania maple syrup, Randy has become a delegate to the PA State Maple Counsel and has served as President and Vice President of both the Local and State levels. Jamie has also been active in the promotion of Pennsylvania Maple. She managed a sales booth for the state Maple counsel at the farm show in Harrisburg, PA and she served as the coordinator for the Endless Mountains Maple Queen Program and the Pennsylvania State Maple Sweetheart Program for over 10 years. The Pennsylvania Maple Sweetheart is equivalent to The Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, only for maple!