Jim and Dora Tice, Mainesburg, Tioga County
by: Jim and Dora Tice
Jim Tice returned from serving his country in Vietnam
in 1967, he bought a jug of locally-produced maple syrup to take
home to his wife, Dora. It wasn’t the flavor he remembered from his
youth when his family had made syrup on a small scale for their own
personal use. In fact, it was terrible.
Dora started tapping their own trees the following spring, hauling
the sap to the home of Jim’s sister, where they boiled it down on an
outdoor gas stove in a flat, metal pan.
went on and their volume increased, they were harvesting more sap
than could be boiled with their small operation.
then started taking their sap to the home of Lawrence Roloson, known
throughout the area as “the Grandfather of Maple” due to the vast
number of local producers he mentored as they made their start in
maple operation began with traditional metal spiles, buckets and
supplies, but the process has since been modernized, and plastic
tubing is now used.
Jim and Dora built their own sap house and it is filled with newer,
more efficient equipment. Tradition blends with modern with a
wood-fired boiling operation and a steam away evaporator to create
high quality Maple Products that can be enjoyed by the entire family
for sale to the public.
Dora own 58 acres in southern Tioga County, near the town of
Mainesburg. Much of the land, however, does not have maple growing
on it, and instead supports a herd of beef cattle. Despite this,
they tap approximately 400 trees on their own land, and an
additional 3000 on the land of their neighbors. They trade the
harvested sap for syrup, baked goods and other maple products made
by Jim and Dora.
Tice’s produce syrup, candy, cream, crumb sugar, cotton candy, and
on Maple Weekend to show that maple syrup can be used in many ways,
they also provide maple cookies, ice cream with peanut butter-maple
topping, maple-coated popcorn, and the ever-popular hot dogs boiled
in maple syrup.
Dora are kind, friendly and hard-working, as is evidenced by the
nearly thirty-five years of successful operation they have under
said, “The first year we made our own syrup, I needed something more
tangible for my efforts, instead of just putting all the money back
in the business, so we bought a dishwasher.”
and Jim have long entered the PA Farm Show, entering every category
for which they create a product. That first year, they only placed
in one competition—Other Candy—but they have since perfected their
technique and they now consistently place for products across the
addition to participating in the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers’
annual Maple Weekend, Jim and Dora also attend craft shows, and in
Mansfield they participate in the annual Fourth of July and the
Fabulous 1890’s Weekend celebration. The festival commemorates the
first night time football game held at Mansfield University’s Smythe
Park in September of 1892.
Tice’s have also participated in the Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program (CREP), which encourages landowners of marginal
cropland, pastureland and land along non-forested streams to plant
native plant species and participate in other conservation measures.
and Dora Tice’s Farm is located at 427 Tice Road in Mainesburg.
Follow Route 6 East of Mansfield for 8.5 miles. After Route 6 Mile
Marker 242, turn right onto Tice Road and continue 1.5 miles till
you reach the Tice Maple Farm.
information, contact Jim and Dora Tice at (570) 549-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.