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We wanted to thank everyone that visited our sugarhouse over the weekend. We had a great turnout on both days and met a lot of new people and saw many familiar faces. We had a great time talking with people and showing everyone what we do to make our award winning syrup!
We also wanted to thank all of our family and friends that help us out during the maple season and Maple Weekend. We wouldn't be able to have the event that we do without their help.
At the end of Maple Weekend, we got a visit from Ron and AJ of Fosters Daily Democrat. Thanks to Mr. Barrington and the Do-Gooders Committee for the recognition for winning the International syrup award and for giving Fosters a call. Foster's had a great article on us in today's paper, and you can read it in this link.
Sap's still running. This cold weather's brought the trees back into a good production mode and the sap picked up some sugar as well. Based on the forecast, we'll keep making syrup through this weekend and should into next week some time.
After pouring out during last week's heat wave, the trees are taking a breather. They're still running, just not as much as they usually do. We're back into good sugaring weather this weekend and through next week, so the trees should get back into shape before the season's over.
Over the weekend, we started making Very Dark, Strong syrup and have it on the shelves for anyone that's interested.
This weekend is our big Open House weekend. We'll be open from 8-4 on Saturday and 8-3 on Sunday. The Barrington Fire Department will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on both days from 8-11:30. It's an all you can eat breakfast, so dig in!
Things really opened back up with a bang. It's been a busy couple days. We processed almost 2300 gal of sap last night and wrapped things up about 1am to make about 35 gallons of syrup. It really surprised us considering how warm it was yesterday. I saw temps in the upper 70's, and I thought that would temporarily shut the trees down, but not even close because it was another great run for us this season.
In the overnight, the sap still continued to pour out of the trees, and we should be processing 2000+ gallons again tonight. This may be a record for us in how many times our woods tank is almost overflowing when we get there to haul sap. Loving it!
There hasn't been much to report on because it's been cold and everything's froze up this past week. The nights have been cold, and while the daytime temps have been above freezing, it was short lived. Our last boil was last Wednesday and it was rather interesting. We started boiling with 25 degree temps and a steady artic wind and we finished with 15 degree temps and a blustery artic wind. It made for a chilly night in the sugarhouse.
We're hoping things shake loose today and start running again. Long range forecast, although warm, looks pretty good.
Things got off to a slow start on Wednesday, but they really opened up Wednesday night, all day Thursday, and through most of Thursday night. We got a huuuuge sap run that almost had the woods tank overflowing a couple times! We ended up processing about 1500 gal of sap yesterday and had to hold over 1000 gal of sap to process it today (Friday), so tonight should be another 1500+ gal boil. Stop in if you're interested in watching us boil. I'm not 100% sure, but that may have been our best 36hr run ever.
Long range forecast is looking real good.
Sunday and Monday nights, we had our first two boils of the season. The first one is always pretty hectic getting everything back in order, but overall, it went pretty smoothly. We made about 15 gal of an Amber/Dark syrup with a great flavor. The woods are all tapped in as of Sunday morning, and we brought home almost 1500 gal of sap during the day Sunday and another 1000 gal on Monday. We're off to a good start to the season, and we hope it's a good one!
Hope everything going well for you all. We’re doing great and having a great year. We just had Isabella’s 10th birthday party this weekend. Danielle’s and Nic’s parties will be next month and they’ll be 4 and 2, respectively. Wow does time fly. Kids are doing good, except for since school’s started, at least one person’s been sick in the house…ugggh.
The Barrington Fire Department is having a fall pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday November 14th from 7:30 to 11am. The breakfast during maple Weekend is such a hit, we’ve decided to have another in the fall. Please stop in to support your local fire department and spread the word!
The girls (bees) really worked hard this summer and gave us our best honey crop by a significant margin. Not sure what was different about this year, but we’ll take it! We have honey for sale now and should have it through till next spring at least. We carry ½ pints, pints, and quarts. We extract the honey without heating it, so it retains all the good stuff that nature intended.
It’s the holiday season and maple syrup (and maple products) make excellent holiday gifts. We’ve got our standard NH plastic container, as well as some nice looking glass. In case anyone missed it, over the summer, we won first place in an International syrup competition for our Dark, Robust syrup. Over the holiday season, we’re going to be at the Barrington Friends of Music Craft Fair (November 14th), the Greenland Women’s Club Pie Festival (November 22nd), and the Barrington Christmas Soiree (December 4th).
And as always, here are some great recipes to make with maple syrup. We grow acorn squash in our garden, and baked acorn squash is a big hit. Very popular for Thanksgiving dinner is Lisa’s maple squash bisque made with our own maple syrup and squash grown in the garden.
If you want to stop in, we recommend calling ahead (603-664-2401) or emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure we’ll be home.
Happy Holidays and we’ll see you soon!
Josh, Lisa, Isabella, Danielle, and Nicolas
Good season overall. 452 gallons of syrup made from about 23,000 gallons of sap.
A couple of UNH Journalism Majors at UNH asked to create a documentary about our maple farm. They did a create job condensing hours of video into a short video. Click on the link below and enjoy the video.
Already thinking ahead to, and getting ready for, next season.
Hi Everyone. We've been so busy making syrup that we've forgotten to update our blog post. It's been pouring sap since we lasted updated. Every day we've been processing at least 1000 gal of sap per day, sometimes as much as 2000+ gallons. We've been making lots of syrup, and even with these warm temps, we're still getting sap! It was almost 70 yesterday and it still ran pretty good, and we got a freeze last night, so we're expecting the same today. There even forecast another freeze on Wednesday night, so maybe we can keep going through the week??
Considering how warm it's been, our syrup hasn't darkened that much. For about a week now, we've been making syrup that's a strong dark to light very dark (Grade B) depending on the day.
Enjoy this nice, warm weather...we are to a point :)
Sap is running great all week. Yesterday was a big day. 2300 gallons of sap turned into almost 50 gallons of syrup! Big night at Spring Harvest. Late night too. Sleep has been optional this week, but syrup is getting made. Even without a freeze in two nights, the trees ran surprisingly well today. Another 1000 gallons of sap at the house and likely another 1000+ more tomorrow. Another big day.
This coming week is still looking good. The long range forecast is showing freezing nights and warm days through to next weekend.