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Over maple weekend, we met the family that used to live in our neighbors house for many years. They used to tap the sugar maples in their backyard and boil down in the sap in the house to make their own maple syrup. We talked to them quite a bit, and are pretty sure our sugarhouse used to be the milk house. We knew our house used to be a dairy farm and have always wondered what the sugarhouse was used for. It was great to meet them and make this discovery.
We have an aerial photograph of our property from around the 50's. We'll get it scanned and posted soon. It's pretty cool to see how our property has changed over the years.
We had a great Maple Weekend and thanks to everyone that visited our sugarhouse over the weekend. It was great to see our regular customers and many new faces. Overall things went very well, the weather was cold, but it didn't rain or snow.
Even though it wasn't that warm over the weekend, we actually had decent sap runs, and made about 50 gallons of syrup...very nice!
The forecast is showing the beginning part of the week being cold, but it looks like Spring's finally coming this weekend. Let's hope for some big sap runs.
Had the best run of the season on Saturday, and boiled it down on Sunday to make a lot of syrup. It was a great infusion into the maple syrup coffers! It's been cold since, so we've been getting ready for maple weekend. We're heading into a warm-up, so we'll be making syrup this week and weekend.
Today we're seeing warmer temperatures and have been getting some sap. We will boil tonight or tomorrow. It's been a slow start to the season, but it looks like we will boil in April.
The weekend wasn't too kind to us. It was so cold last week, so it's taking a while for the trees to thaw out, and the only trees that are running are the ones in the sun. We brought home almost 500 gal on Sunday, and collected another 175 gal on Monday, and we were able to boil last night. Made 17 gal of a great flavored Dark Amber, maybe Grade B syrup. Today's 50F temps should get all the trees running today, and it should be a good run.
We did make today's Fosters. There's a nice article on us and other local sugarmakers.
Finally on the warm side of this polar vortex, and it'll be above freezing during the day for 4-5 days, so the sap will start running again. The season's starting about on schedule, just getting off to a colder start than normal. The conditions are actually similar to the 2011 season when it was the best year on record. We're starting about the same time, have a good snow pack, and accuweather's forecast is showing favorable weather through mid-April.
Sap should run good over the weekend, and we should be boiling Saturday and Sunday nights. Anyone's welcome to stop by and watch us make some syrup. We'll also be open during the for tours.
The sap ran quite well over the weekend and we collected 1000 gallons of sap both Saturday and Sunday. We were able to boil both nights and tested the new equipment to make about 20 gal of syrup so far. Everything went pretty good for the first boil of the year. Some friends came over Sunday night and boiled with us and we had a good time.
The long range forecast is looking frigid. We don't see any potential for a run until sometime next week. This gives us some time to wrap up some things and get ready for the season to really start.
Sap's running, not great, but it's running. The trees are still pretty well frozen, so it'll take a bit for them to thaw out. We'll have enough sap to boil either tonight or tomorrow and maybe again Sunday before things freeze up again.
We got tapped in over President's Day weekend. We currently have about 850 taps online and will be adding more this weekend. It was a long weekend with the snow being almost knee high and the nice ice crust to break through with every single step, but we got it done.
Weather's looking excellent for good sap runs this week. We'll see if the trees can get thawed out in time. The snow cover's good because it keeps the ground and tree roots from freezing, it keeps the woods colder longer, and it adds moisture to the ground as it thaws out.
Haven't updated our blog in a bit, but we're still getting sap from our vacuum woods. Unfortunately, last week's warm weather shut down the gravity taps that we have. The sap sugar content is pretty low, so our ratio is about 1.1. It takes a lot more sap now to make a little syrup, but fortunately we have the reverse osmosis machine to take a lot of the water out so the ratio is about 6:1 when we boil it...much better. Not sure how much longer the sap will run, but we'll take it as long as it comes.
Overall, we're having a good year. We've reached our syrup production goal for the year, so any more that we get is a bonus.