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Pricey gear helps maple industry cope with dicey weather

Steve Savage of Peaceful Valley Maple Farm near Johnstown does some early season work.
Steve Savage of Peaceful Valley Maple Farm near Johnstown does some early season work.
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Steve Savage had to raise his voice over the rumble of his Ford Super Duty early Tuesday morning. He was working out the delivery schedule of a new $9,000 sap vacuum pump on his way to a nearby maple stand. “The syrup industry has turned high-tech,” he laughed, hanging up the phone. Savage runs Peaceful Valley Maple Farm nearly single-handed, and early spring is one his busiest times of the year. Tuesday morning he drove ...

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