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Our Story

Greetings from Northwestern Pennsylvania, we are Joseph and Alethea Burkett of Old State Farms, a small family owned and operated maple farm situated on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Emlenton, Pennsylvania.  We are blessed with eight wonderful children.  Jude, our energetic 17 year old, is always ready to help his father at a moment’s notice.  His new love is hunting and tracking anything in the woods.  He target shoots with his bow everyday.  When he can put 4 arrows in a 3 inch circle from 20 yards, he’s allowed to head to the woods to find a real target.  Cecilia (16) our oldest daughter is a big help around the farm and very attentive her younger siblings, as soon as any of the younger kids asks for help she takes it upon herself to tell them what to do.  Magdalene who turns 14 this Christmas spends most of her time reading, playing the piano and cooking in the kitchen with mom.  Lawrence Joseph, born in April of 2008, basically spends his time trying to keep up with the older 3. Helena (9) is a tornado on two feet, my dad calls her “spark plug” because she has so much energy.  Augustine Paul was born June 29th, 2012.  He’s a tank on two legs, with a big heart and  a big smile.  Therese Mercy turned 4 this Jan. She can be sweet and cuddly and the next minute louder than a police siren but we love her more each day.  Our youngest Vincent John was born Oct 2017.  He gets so much love and attention from his older siblings I barely get a chance to hold him myself.


My wife and I are natives of Pennsylvania.  Each of us had the opportunity to attend college in large cities, and though we enjoyed the experience, we knew we wanted to settle down and raise our family close to home.  As we look back on our return to Pennsylvania it has proved a blessing because not only have we been able to start a business here, but also our parents have the joy of spending time with their grandchildren.  The first time we made maple syrup was in a homemade stainless steel pan over an open fire.  We never imagined we’d be selling our maple syrup to people all across the country.  It started with 20 maple trees on my parent’s farm and has grown to 30 acres of hard maple trees, a full scale sugar house, over 10,000 gallons of storage space for the fresh sap and over 5 miles of plastic tubing.

Our desire from the outset has been to build a profitable business, employing ethical business practices, which affords us the means to provide for our family and give in whatever capacity we are able back to our parish and local charities.

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  1. I’m looking at my empty bottle of Old State Farm , Pure Maple Syrup. I washed it out and have been trying to find where I bought it, but haven’t been able to locate it. Needless say, it’s a prize for sure, I have loved every drop, and use it for so many different recipes.

    There is a Farmer’s Mkt. in Devon, I’m wondering if it was there I may have purchased it.

    I can only purchase a 8oz bottle, so shipping would be out.

    You have a lovely family and I say congratuations for coming back to your home and doing this.
    I miss my country home in California, Mendocino Coast Pacific Ocean and Redwood trees.

    Thank you.

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