In the early weeks of 2022, Long Island native Matthew J. Bruderman was enjoying pancakes with his family at their Centre Island home when his son asked, “I wonder how they actually make maple syrup.” For Bruderman, that query sparked a curiosity that instantly became an all-hands-on-deck family project. He immediately bought a book online about the sugaring process, which led to tapping the maple trees on their Beachwood Farm property in Oyster Bay and finally producing their own syrup, which ultimately found its way to that same table.
Anyone who knows Bruderman wasn’t surprised by the way he tackled the challenge. He’s most comfortable when faced with a problem to solve or an opportunity to learn something new. Bruderman’s life has been one guided by his passion for living, intellectual curiosity and an industriousness borne from a family legacy whose philosophy, as he puts it, can be summed up in one word: work.