Welcome to Finding Home Farms
We are so glad you have joined us. We are Laura and Dana, and along with our daughters, we live in the Hudson Valley of New York.
FHF (Finding Home Farms) is a family-owned, lifestyle brand that brings the farm’s best with our organic maple syrup. We combine it with our home decor products to provide the perfect ingredients for creating a welcoming home. We proudly source and produce all of our products in the USA, from our pure maple syrup and pantry offerings to soy candles and home decor. We hope to create products, ideas, and inspiration that encourages you to gather with your friends and family.
Working Hard Towards The American Dream
Finding Home Farms initially started as a blog in 2010, where Laura happily shared decorating ideas and DIY projects. While Laura was trying to figure out the world of blogging, Dana was stressed and run down doing the corporate gig. He traveled the globe in a great job, but he was never home. In 2015, the Putnam family decided it was time to start a new path by returning to their roots. Dana grew up on a dairy farm in New Hampshire, and his favorite time of the year was the six weeks of “sugaring” when they made maple syrup.
For 14 years, the Putnams were “backyard sugar makers,” crafting just enough syrup to share with neighbors and friends. Those six weeks were always the happiest. And now they’ve turned sugar making into a full-time career, going for the BIG dream – making a life AND a living doing what they love best – crafting maple syrup and creating a welcoming home.
Finding Home Farms has now developed into a Sugarhouse, an online store, and a wholesale line. You can shop for organic maple syrup, soy candles, home decor, and holiday items right here on our site.
We hope you will join us on our ever-changing journey toward FINDING HOME.
This is a short and concise version. If you are anything like us, you may really like to know the story of how we ended up here. Keep reading to learn more about our journey.
Laura Putnam is the co-founder of Finding Home Farms, along with her husband, Dana. Laura is extremely passionate about a few key things: her family, galvanized-metal-anything, and developing products for Finding Home Farms. She spent more than a decade, helping others create welcoming homes for their families through her home decor business and popular blog called Finding Home. Before that, Laura was the marketing and communications director of an internationally recognized shoe brand. She officially “found home” when she and Dana turned their sugar-making hobby into a full-time business.
Aside from meeting and collaborating with retailers, one of Laura’s favorite parts of the business is product development, particularly the Shine and Signature candle collection, food products, and entertaining/decor pieces. She also enjoys community events at the Sugarhouse, Finding Home Farms’ retail location in Middletown, New York, United States.
Laura is the author of DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts, published in 2015.
With a Ph.D. in animal nutrition, Dana Putnam has lived full force in the corporate world for many years. High profile, high stress, and high travel eventually took their toll, and Dana longed for a simpler life…a life more like the one he enjoyed growing up in New Hampshire as a fourth-generation sugar maker. He started his first sugar making business at an early age. His father built a little shed so Dana and his brother could have their own sugar house with about 80 trees. He continued the tradition of working on the family farm, and did so through college, until joining corporate America.
In 2015, Dana and his wife and co-founder, Laura, took a leap of faith and launched Finding Home Farms. Life has never been sweeter!
He enjoys merging old traditions with new technology. When he isn’t boiling sap or tapping trees, he can usually be found researching more efficient ways to make maple syrup, or running.
He believes, “Finding Home Farms is who we’re supposed to be.”
Our Maple Syrup
As a multi-generational maple syrup producer, we take pride in our syrup. Each drop of our pure maple syrup is 100% organic, free of artificial flavors and additives, infused with our signature love for the land, the maple trees, and our community.
More Than Just Flavor
Our organic maple syrup production starts with a well loved and cared for sugar maple tree. We do everything possible to make sure our forestry practices are in line with certified organic standards.
We specialize in real maple syrup, not pancake syrup, which is just corn syrup and refined sugar combined with maple flavor that is made to taste like maple syrup. Our pure maple syrup is free from added sugar, preservatives, and all of the other ingredients that big names use.
We Specialize in Real Maple Syrup
We are proud to gather and produce pure maple syrup here in the Hudson Valley. Our New York maple farm is made up of thousands of sugar maple trees which provides us the resources to create our smooth and savory real maple syrup. Certified organic, our pure NY maple syrup is hand crafted for you and loved ones to enjoy.
Our maple tree sap goes straight from our trees to our sugar house. There, we concentrate, and purify the pure sap until it reaches organic certification standards. We then filter the piping hot syrup to get rid of any impurities, and stored in clean stainless steel drums until it’s bottled and ready to go home to your table.
The syrup itself can be boiled even further until all of the liquid evaporates from the maple sap, and you are left with delicious maple sugar. Quite the treat.
For More Than Just Pancakes and Waffles
Our maple syrup has fewer calories than both honey and granulated sugar. So, pure syrup can be used as a sweetening ingredient in your favorite baked good recipes and more. Put this natural sweetener with its rich flavor on your warm waffles and french toast, or use it as a delicious topping for ice cream or even add to your coffee.
Learn more about how to use real maple syrup in fun ways and in creative recipes here.
Come Visit Us!
We started with a small sugarhouse at our home. We ran the business out of our office and kept our product in the basement. Then, we moved the “warehouse” to the garage and added some team members who worked out of our dining room. When we received our first large delivery of pancake mix, we didn’t have room in the garage, so we began loading them into the dining room. At a certain point, we actually heard the floor joist crack from the weight. We quickly dispersed the pancake mix all over the first floor of our house!
Now, we have a warehouse (with a loading dock), a full area for making and canning our maple syrup, a retail store, offices, and event space to invite everyone in. It is not lost on us how lucky we are to have evolved in this way. And our team is likely happy to be out of our dining room!