The History of the Cedarvale Maple Company
In 1977, a then 23-year-old Karl Wiles was inspired by the ability to make a living off the surrounding land. With no prior experience he began tapping the maple trees on his property and, shortly after, established Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co.
As a recent college graduate with a degree in Economics, Karl had limited knowledge of the industry and looked for the most efficient way to get started; he connected with a retiring sugarhouse owner, purchased his equipment, and started a full-scale maple syrup operation.
After just a few years, Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co. was a fully operating sugarhouse and Christmas Tree Farm with a large and loyal following. As one of the only maple syrup producers at the time, Cedarvale quickly gained recognition as the local favorite, adorning gift baskets and kitchen tables for the families of Syracuse and surrounding communities year-round.
In 2011, a then 11-year-old Michael Spicer was on a 5th grade field trip when he was inspired to start making maple syrup himself. Shortly after, he tapped over 100 trees in his own backyard and by 18-years-old produced enough product to sell at local farmers markets.
When it came time for Karl to retire, he knew he didn’t want to turn the family business over to just anyone. Given his up-and-coming presence in the industry, many peers and mentors alerted Michael to Karl’s interests in selling Cedarvale, the very place Michael’s family had been purchasing Christmas trees his entire life. After a few weeks of productive conversations over a winter break, Michael found himself operating a company more than twice his age as a college athlete (and fellow Economics major) in his Sophomore year.
While Michael has an exciting vision for the growth of Cedarvale with his inclusion of new products and local events, he fundamentally understands the importance of quality products and the local feel of the business, as these are the things that have kept customers coming back time after time. He and Karl look forward to blending those values with new experiences, together.
Since day one, the Cedarvale mission is to provide a memorable experience for the community that continues to support us as well as the customers we have yet to meet. We understand our products bring people together, either at holidays or at the breakfast table, and strive to produce only the best; we greatly appreciate your business and taking part in your memories as this is something we’ll never take for granted.
While we love serving our Upstate New York neighbors, we continue to expand beyond our backyard. Today, from coast to coast, we’re honored to bring the joy of our maple syrup and Christmas trees to your homes.
Producing our pure maple syrup is simple, cost-efficient, and environmentally sustainable. From tap to table, our sustainable process includes wood-fired evaporation and solar powered electricity to maximize quality while minimizing our carbon footprint. By selling our products directly to you in the simplest and most efficient packaging, we minimize additional costs so you can count on the highest quality products at the lowest prices.