The Northeast Counties Farm Bureau serving Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull County Farm Bureaus proudly presents one of our Group Member Business Spotlights.

The first Bissell Sugarbush was located in Austinburg, Ohio. Peter Bissell and his family helped settle the Western Reserve in the 1830s. They likely brought their love of maple syrup with them when they relocated from Connecticut. The original farm was a dairy, apple orchard, and surprisingly dahlias; the syrup was purely for family and friends during that period.

When the farm was put out of business by the construction of Route 90, Carl Bissell carried on the orchard at the new farm as well as the making of maple syrup. David Bissell married the girl next door, and he and Debby eventually settled down in Rock Creek to raise their children on a small farm where they make maple syrup.

David’s son Nathan has adopted his family’s love of maple syrup and brought the Rock Creek production into the 21st century. The sugar house is bigger than it ever was, with modern equipment from the reverse osmosis and vacuum pump, to the business computer and iPad. Every year the family welcomes visitors wanting to learn about syrup production, with traditional methods as well as modern practices. They have a state-of-the-art production facility in Jefferson, Ohio.

“We are Sugarmakers and we love to bring 100% pure maple syrup from our trees to your table.” – Nate Bissell, owner

Bissell Maple Farm has been producing maple syrup in Ohio for over 100 years. They are well known in the maple industry for doing difficult maple syrup projects well. Through a variance process, they produce the best bourbon barrel-aged syrup in the world.  

Bissell’s offers pure maple syrup in a variety of containers and sizes. Don’t miss out on their two top sellers: Bissell Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup and Ghost Pepper Maple. Supplies are limited and can be purchased online.




Location:  82 W. Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047

Hours:  Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Email:  [email protected]



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Sara Tallmadge

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