Bechard’s Sugar House was established in 1998 by father and son Maurice and Marvin Bechard. Originally producing maple syrup from sap pulled from 300 taps located on Marvin’s property in West Chazy, NY, father and son worked alongside one another until 2004, when Maurice sadly passed away. Marvin and his father took great pride in their product, and shared many happy moments together producing maple syrup from those original taps.
Marvin and Tammy married in 2008, and Tammy had a strong desire to participate and grow Bechard’s Sugar House, which was at this time still “just a hobby” of Marvin’s. Tammy loved the outdoors and was excited to learn the process of making maple syrup, as well as expand production to include other products like maple sugar, cream, and maple sugar shapes. With help from their family, Marvin and Tammy spent many days clearing sugar bushes and expanding the business. This hard work paid off as the Bechard’s Sugar House tap count increased from 300 to 1,450 taps!
With hard work and dedication the Bechards have turned maple syrup into a beloved local business, with a current count of 9,100 taps and another 3,000 soon to be added. With his unshakable work ethic and supportive family, Marvin has been able to grow Bechard's Sugar House, while also owning and operating a construction business as a building contractor, (in operation since 1994).
This skill as a building contractor has been useful as the maple syrup business expanded! Marvin designed and built both the original sugar house (which still stands on the property today) and a larger sugar house in 2013 with a pancake house addition. We keep on adding! The pancake house is a great place for friends and family to meet, have breakfast and relax. Breakfast starts the first week of March, going into April. All posted on Facebook and local ads.
Today, Marvin and Tammy are happy to bring their customers the best in local maple syrup products and events, including participating in the annual New York State Maple Weekend during the last two weekends of March. Family has always been important to the Bechards, and help arrives from near and far during their busiest time: Maple Season!