Sons of Dunn Farm, Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport, Potter County

Owned by: Glenn and Joanne Dunn, Glenn Dunn II

Nestled in the center of picturesque Potter County is the sprawling 180-acre Sons of Dunn Farm, where delicious pure maple syrup has been created for nearly three-quarters of a century.

The Dunn homestead was acquired by Gary and Maribelle Dunn in the mid-1950ís, when Gary was discharged from the Army after serving with the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War.

Gary and Maribelle, with the help of their children Doris, Gary Jr., Glenn and Bryan, operated the propertyís dairy farm until their retirement.

Sons of Dunn Farm is currently owned by third-generation maple producer Glenn Dunn, Sr. and his wife Joanne, and is run with the help of their children,  Amber, Emily and Glenn Dunn II.

In addition to creating the finest Maple products, Sons of Dunn Farm also produces small grains and hay.

The Dunn Family has a history in service organizations, including the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Gary Dunn was an Honorary Keystone Degree recipient on two occasions, in recognition of his dedication to agriculture education and the FFA program.

Glenn Dunn II caught Maple Fever in 2001 during an FFA tour of nearby Wending Creek and Brydonson Farms, both of which are members of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association.

As part of an agriculture project in 2002, Glenn II installed 200 taps, using a wood-fired evaporator in the farmís old milk house to make the first batch of his own Maple Syrup.

He continued tapping trees and harvesting sap as a member of the Spud Growers FFA, expanding his operation each year.

In 2006, Glenn II was named Agri-Businessman of the Year for both Pennsylvania and the wider Eastern States Region.

It was then decided that it was time for Sons of Dunn to expand and in 2007, Glenn II leased an old machine storage barn on the family farm.

After some remodeling work and renovations, the new Sons of Dunn Sugar House was unveiled. The large building houses a fuel oil-fired evaporator with steam-away and automatic draw-off, a gas-fired finishing pan, filter presses, canners and bottlers, and a modern Maple Kitchen.

Currently, the Dunnís, with the help of their family and friends, maintain 2500 taps, with 1600 of those connected by a tube and vacuum system. Through this process, they teach their grandchildren, poised to become the fifth generation of Dunn Maple Producers, the business of creating high-quality maple products.

Glenn II continues to expand Sons of Dunn Farmís maple operations every year. Throughout the summer and fall of 2013, an additional 1500 taps will be connected by vacuum systems in the sugar bush, and a reverse osmosis machine will be installed in the sugar house.

In addition to being a member of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association, Sons of Dunn is also involved with the Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association. The Dunnís maple products have been marketed in 16 states in the US and two additional countries.

The Dunn Family remains very community-oriented. Glenn Sr. serves as Assistant Chief of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, and Glenn II serves as the departmentís Rescue Captain and Secretary, and is employed with the Potter County Conservation District. Glenn IIís wife, Brittany, is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Coudersportís Fire and Ambulance Departments.

Their products can be found at the Potter County Fair, the PA Farm Show, the Potter/Tioga Maple Festival and Maple Weekend Tours, and events and festivals held throughout the region.

ďIf the Ďsteamís a rising,í stop by and visitĒ at the Sons of Dunn Family Farm, located at 1606 North Ayers Hill Road, Coudersport, where the Dunn Familyís award-winning Maple Products can be purchased year-round. Special treats are prepared for Maple Weekend, including deliciously-sweet Maple Lollipops. Syrup samples, boiling and equipment demonstrations are also available.

To reach the farm, travel two miles on Route 872 south from the intersection with US-6. Turn left onto Ayers Hill Road. After driving approximately one mile, the Sons of Dunn Sugar House will be on the left hand side of the road.

To place an order or to obtain additional information, contact the farm at 814-274-7247 or by emailing sodfamilyfarm@hotmail.com .

Photographs of the farm and this yearís operation and information on current events at Sons of Dunn are available on the Sons of Dunn Family Farm page on Facebook.

 

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