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Category: Weather

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 […]

Town Meeting Day is Ended, Let’s Boil

It’s on. We collected about 300 gallons of sap today on our partially-tapped bush up in Strafford. Tomorrow we’ll tap the Thetford Center location. I’d boil and make some maple syrup, but tomorrow I’ll have to run up to Fletcher, Vermont to pick up a used reverse osmosis unit. Without it we’d have to boil […]

Sugarhouse Visited by Balloon

This morning we had an acquaintance of ours from across town attempt to drop in via hot air balloon. The wind didn’t quite cooperate, but we were able to exchange hellos. He runs a balloon ride business over in the village of Post Mills. Got me to thinking what sort of air current effects he’d […]

Bats Coming Out Too Early

One of the pleasures of maple sugar season is watching the wildlife come back in the spring. My favorite part of a sugaring evening is taking a break standing on the high drive and watching woodcock and bats flit about over the field. But, unfortunately, the bats are coming out too early. There is a […]

Completed First 55 Gallon Drum of Maple Syrup

We made about 25 gallons today, on a day that really should have produced more sap. My own data collected over some years shows what everyone else already knows: that temps in the low 20s at night and high 40s during the day produce the great runs. Despite getting temperatures at least that good and […]

Maple Syrup Not Breaking Loose with Abandon Yet

This was the third day in a row that we boiled just about the same amount – about 30 gallons of maple syrup. We started our first 55 gallon drum with tonight’s maple syrup, hopefully the first of many. We’re learning how to better fire the arch, using less wood and keeping the front pan […]

Season Off to Promising Start

We expect to boil again today. We’ve had two good boil nights so far, producing about 30 gallons of maple syrup a piece. Most of that maple syrup went to customers who’d back ordered syrup, so the stuff is still pretty scant. [One of our boils, throwing about 100 gallons of water from already-concentrated sap […]

First Maple Syrup

We made our first maple syrup of the year today, a beautiful and very light Dark Amber. After we filter it, it might actually be a medium amber. Because we’re being extra careful with the new evaporator, we didn’t pre-concentrate the sap very high (from two percent sugar to four percent sugar), so it took […]

The Forest Tapped; Maple Syrup to Come

Saturday we tapped the Hubbard Hill bush. Five of us teemed over the hill, putting up 500 taps into holes we drilled into the trees. That night I moved the tapping equipment – mostly power drills with extra batteries and rechargers over at the Strafford bush in preparation for tapping on Sunday. Driving over with […]

Sugar Season About to Start

Where we live, we don’t often have to worry about security issues. Many folks don’t lock their doors. For the last few years I’ve tended to close the sugar shack door with a less-than-secure device I call the “Vermont security system,” pictured below. [The Vermont Security System, patent pending] Coupled with being right across from […]


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