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Cleaning Up

We managed to eke 310 gallons out of the Strafford bush this year. Still have a bit of cleaning and maintenance to do, but in general, the production season is closed and we’re ready to sell maple syrup. We had lots of people come by to visit during the season. I wish we were able […]

Tough Production Year for Maple Syrup

Maple syrup producers throughout the U.S. have been complaining of a very short season, with the high temperatures first preventing the needed freezing nights and then, eventually, prodding the maple trees to bud out and stop producing usable maple sap. We’re at one quarter of a normal year’s crop right now, which would be a […]

Best Granola Ever

We wind up selling a lot of our maple syrup to small-scale, high-end food producers, like granola makers. One in particular is worthy of a special note. Nancy’s Granola, a customer for a couple years, has been testing different syrup grades and production methods, and has come up with a granola mix that is unlike […]

Making Maple Syrup Production Discovery

I don’t think I’ve seen this in the maple syrup literature, so I figured I’d just put it out there to see if others have noticed this vacuum effect. We found that we were losing vacuum on our mainlines in our major bush. This happened steadily over a period of about a week in the […]

Friends Do Informal Bird Survey

Our friend Chris Rimmer and some friends of his took a walk in the sugarbush to look for birds several months after the maple syrup season. They found 40 species: Hooded Merganser Virginia Rail Barred Owl Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Hairy Woodpecker Eastern Wood-Pewee Alder Flycatcher Least Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Eastern Kingbird Blue-headed Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Blue […]

Maple Syrup Season Over; Vernal Pools Beginning Life

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies‘ Steve Faccio, along with the Upper Valley Land Trust’s Amber Boland helped organize a pretty amazing vernal pool walk at our Strafford bush right after the maple syrup season. A crowd of 40 or so people trekked over the maple and not-so-maply bits of the 212 acres, visiting several vernal […]

The 2010 Maple Syrup Season Report to a Friend

Ian, I’m sorry to hear that your maple syrup season looks to be about as poor as ours. On 2356 taps, we’ve made 391 gallons of maple syrup so far. If the season stalls and stops (weather predictions are discouraging) this is pretty bad. We have this much largely due to our vacuum system. Locals […]

Maple Syrup Tapping 2010

Much going on to get ready for the season. As ever, weather reports make me think that season will break early and leave me behind, but there’s always something to ruin the weather, be it heavy wind or temps just too hot or too cold. Maple syrup comes only with the dance of warm days […]


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