Shepherd Sugar Bush

Welcome to the Shepherd Sugar Bush in the Sweetest Little Town Around. The Sugar Bush is the maple syrup producing section of the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival.

Shepherd is a village of 1500 located in the central part of Michigan.

Information on ordering Syrup can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Sugar Bush started in 1958 as a volunteer project with the plan to have the proceeds fund park and recreational activities in the community.

In late February of each of the years since, the maples that line the Shepherd streets are tapped with approximately 2000 spiles and pails.

The sap of 2% to 3% sugar content is collected and evaporated to 67% sugar content in the Sugar Bush building located on N. Third St.

The Festival, held annually during the last full weekend of April, has grown from a pancake supper to a 3-day festival. All of the labor it takes to make and serve the syrup, candy, pancakes and sausage for the festival is donated by volunteers from our area.

The Shepherd Sugar Bush now has Maple Syrup available for purchase over the Internet. You may buy syrup in a wide variety of plastic and glass containers.

Note that the picture on the plastic containers is a graphics artist’s composite of several photographs taken in town during the syrup season.

gallon plastic $45

half-gallon plastic $25

quart plastic $15

pint plastic $10

half-pint plastic $7

12 oz glass $9

250 ml glass leaf $9

250 Basque glass $11

500 Basque glass $16

To order syrup you may call Arnie Hammel at 989 – 828 – 5415


email us at and include what you would like ordered, contact info and address.

Note: Shipping prices are not included in the pricing. They will be figured once the order is received. You will receive a phone call or email with the total cost. Upon receipt of your check or money order, made out to Shepherd Sugar Bush and sent to

Arnie Hammel
725 E. Ward Rd
Shepherd, MI 48883,

your order will be sent.