Made in Indiana: Hickoryworks Syrup
Gordon Jones and his wife, Sherrie Yarling, of Hickoryworks claim to be the only people in the world who make shagbark hickory syrup.
Located in Trafalgar, Hickoryworks crafts more than 1,000 gallons of the unique syrup each year. Unlike maple syrup and other types, shagbark is not made from the sap of the tree, but rather the bark itself. It has an earthy and smoky flavor. Jones makes it from bark on his own 64 acres as well as the surrounding area.
The couple started producing the syrup in the late 1980s, after their Florida home was hit by an ice storm and they made the move to Brown County. A passing stranger traded them an old family syrup recipe in return for free firewood. Since then, demand for the syrup has grown exponentially, with grocery stores and famous chefs pining for the sweet concoction. It can be found locally in central Indiana Meijer stores.