Grown Locally: Making syrup is a labor of love for Terry Coleman.

March 17, 2022

Grown Locally: Making syrup is a labor of love for Terry Coleman.

Grown Locally is presented by House of Flavors Restaurant of Ludington and features locally owned businesses and locally produced products.

By Katie Provenzano, MCP Correspondent

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — Terry Coleman remembers getting off the bus when he was in elementary school and heading to the Kistlercrest Farms to witness the maple syrup-making process. These days, he cooks and bottles his own syrup at The Maple Haus off of Hawley Road in Summit Township. He credits the soil of his rented trees for the unique butter flavor and recommends heating before eating.

“It’s a labor of love,” Coleman describes the work, people, and the pleasant smell of making syrup.

Coleman exchanges sap for syrup from his neighbors. He installs clean tubes into new taps each season and collects using vacuum pressure. A reverse osmosis system in his sugar shack removes the bulk of the water. Nothing is wasted. Water is collected and used for cleaning. 

To keep his product consistent from bottle to bottle and year to year, Coleman cross mixes his syrup from different collection days and previous years. He strives for a light color with a rich, buttery flavor! Visit for more information about The Maple Haus.

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