Meet the Wohlschlegels
Co-owners Garry and Bobbi Wohlschlegel reinvented themselves and established the current Naples Maples Farm in 2010.
The year prior, Garry had been laid off from a corporate job, and the two decided to make their retirement dreams a reality by expanding upon their longtime maple syrup hobby….
Our Story in a Nutshell
The Wohlschlegel family has been making maple syrup for more than 30 years, and it all began as a hobby in a converted chicken coup, dubbed Harley’s Sap Shack. With a much smaller system, the family would make about 30 gallons of syrup in a good year.
Then in September of 2010, they took a big step and built their new sugar house (with a view!) atop the hills of Naples, with more than 40 acres of maple trees. Operations expanded from about 150 taps at the sap shack to more than 4,200 taps today! With a much larger evaporator, a steam-away and a reverse osmosis system on a wet-dry conductive vacuum, the sugar house was transformed into an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art maple farm.
The Wohlschlegels are committed to the environment and to sustaining forests, watershed and healthy habitats. They work closely with their local Department of Environmental Conservation forester and have a forest management plan in place. In addition, their son is a forester and acts as a consultant on their behalf. Their sugarbush is part of the Canandaigua Lake watershed, and does not use any herbicides or pesticides.
Garry and Bobbi are also active members of the NYS Maple Producers Association, as well as active members of the Western NY Maple Producers Association. They attend many conferences and seminars during the year pertaining to the maple industry. Garry has been a Maple Specialist with the NYS fair and has had many responsibilities with the Maple Center at the fairgrounds. Our maple products have recently won ribbons (granulated maple sugar and gourmet maple cream spread) in competitions at the NYS Fair.
For the Wohlschlegels, the maple farm has even become their home. They once commuted roughly 100 miles for work per day, but now they simply open their door…