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Yesterday just wouldn't warm up, and we had flurries most of the day, but once the trees started running, they ran the hardest I'd seen them all season. We boiled last night and made about 15 more gallons of syrup and now have a little bit of Very Dark, Strong (the old Grade B standard) on the shelves for sale. Halfway through the boil though, the grade came back up, and we're back into the Dark, Robust grade of syrup.
Sap is running great today. We brought home 400 gal this morning to make room in the tank for today's run. We should bring home maybe another 1000 gal this afternoon and have another 600+ gallons delivered from my friends. Should be a big day, and a long night. Even making 12 gph of syrup, it'll take a while to get through this much sap.
We had a great maple weekend! We had a great turnout yesterday considering the fine spring weather we had... Today was much nicer and had a great turnout too. We got to see many familiar faces, some of which have been with us since the start of it all. The maple pudding was a huuuge hit. We were giving out samples almost as fast as we could make it. For anyone who didn't try it, we highly recommend it and the recipe can be found in our "Cooking with Maple" page. We also a friend who's going to make the maple pudding into a pie by putting it into a pie crust and serving it with maple whipped cream and walnuts...can never have too much maple!
The fire department had an amazing weekend. Yesterday they were making pancakes as fast as they could and still had a line out the door! Spring Harvest and the Fire Dept. are very appreciative of the support we receive from the local community during our open house and pancake breakfast. Thank you.
On a sugaring note, we had a good freeze last night, and after things warmed up today, the sap ran really well. We already have about 800 gal of sap sitting at the sugarhouse ready to be boiled tomorrow night. The weather this week is looking primo for syrup production. Hopefully the forecast sticks.
So we went from not getting any sap because it was so cold out, to not having a freeze for three nights. We really need those freezing nights and warm days to get those nice hard sap runs from the trees. Thankfully, we do have the vacuum pump, and it's helping to keep the trees running. We were able to bring home 500 gal of sap yesterday and had another 500 gal delivered. Today is almost another 900 gal. We're holding this over to have sap to boil tomorrow for Maple Weekend. Syrup total so far this year is about 120 gal.
After a long day, we're all ready for our big open house and the shelves are stocked full of syrup and confections. Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend, and enjoy the pancake breakfast at the Barrington Fire Department!
The weather's finally taking a turn in the right direction, and it looks like it's going to stick around this time...finally! We had a decent day yesterday considering most of the trees are still froze up. it's going to take another day or so for the trees to thaw out and really start producing sap.
Yesterday, we were able to bring home 850 gallons sap and made about 20 gallons of syrup last night. it didn't freeze last night, so we woke up to another 3-400 gallons in the tank this morning...great way to start the day!
There's also a great article about us in today's Union Leader. Check it out.
We had an interview a couple weekends ago with The Sound newspaper, a local Seacoast paper. They did a great article on us last week. Take a read.
They also interviewed Breara Irish Brewery, a local brewery in Portsmouth that started last year, and it's really taking off. They're using our syrup in their maple wheat bear. Be sure to try it out!
and the link below for their website.
We got enough sap (850 gal) on Tuesday to boil that night, and let me tell you, it was something else boiling in that wind. The wind was crazy that night, but we had a good night and made almost 35 gal of syrup! Best night of the season. The only problem is now things are froze up until Friday, but it should run good on Saturday which will be the next time we boil.
Forgot to update our blog! So we boiled the first run last week and made a little bit of syrup that night (last Wednesday). It got cold again, so we didn't get enough sap to boil until Sat. and we brought home another load of sap and made about 13 gallons of syrup combined with what we'd made Wednesday night. Sat. night was touch and go for a bit with the evaporator. We had issues with the syrup float not letting enough sap in and almost burned the syrup pan twice! That would've made for a bad night. Fortunately, we caught it in time and made it through the night. Still working out early season bugs in the system.
Saturday night, it actually ran most of the night, and it got enough above freezing on Sunday to run OK. We ended up bringing two truckloads home on Sunday (1000 gallons total) and made about 20 gallons last night.
This week's looking cold, but we should be able to boil a few nights this week.
Well we're finally tapped in. It took twice as long because all this lovely snow we got this winter buried our lines, so they had to be dug out. Finally got it done and start collecting sap. This morning, we hauled our first load of 2015 maple sap home...Yay! First boil of the season will happen tonight. It's been a cold winter, and because of it, we didn't make the little bit of syrup in February that we usually do. We figure the maple season really doesn't start until the first weekend in March, and we're about a week and a half beyond that, but with the extended forecast looking prime for sugaring, we should have no problem making it up.
We'll be keeping the blog up to date during the season, so keep checking in.
Hope to see you all soon, and enjoy this great weather!
Busy weekend. Processed almost 4000 gallons of sap! Made over 60 gal of syrup. We've been making Grade B syrup for anyone who's been waiting for it.
Weather's looking good to be making syrup through the week and maybe this weekend.
It seems as though this season has taken forever to get going. We are boiling regularly now and have gotten into a good rhythm. We are getting about 1,600 gallons of sap a day and have made over 70 gallons of syrup in the past 2 nights! We have also started making Grade B syrup, for those of you who have been waiting for it; it's ready. We will be open this weekend for visitors. If you want to stop by when we are boiling please call ahead so we can tell you what time we will start.