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Today I’m heading down to the Hardwick Farmers Coop to give a seminar on making maple syrup. It starts at 10:30 am. Joe was planning to come, but as it goes with Mother Nature, you’ve got to make hay when the sun is shining…or in this case, make maple syrup when  the sap is flowing!!! I know, I know, it’s ironic that the person who writes and talks about making maple syrup is not really the person who MAKES the maple syrup. I do know a thing or two, though. I’ll give you all I’ve got later today—which is more than enough for successful backyard sugaring.

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Cup of Joe

Happy Friday! Wow, this weather is incredible. I took my morning coffee down to the sugar shack, sat on a rock, and watched the sun rise again today—the second time in as many days I took time. I marveled at the fog lifting off the lingering snow as steam came off my coffee. My coffee cooled down; the earth warmed up. Both gave up water to air, changing states.

It’s a massive sap day. Joe and Craig will be boiling down some 2200 gallons into syrup. Busy, busy! It’s very early to be so busy…feels more like March than February.

 

Walking to the Sun

This Thursday morning marked the beginning of a warm spell. As Joe collected sap at Moose Brook, I walked up to the top of the hill to watch the sun rise. Yes, I know, hardly a fair division of labor but there you have it. Here are the pictures from that morning glory. Lovely!!

 

Joe started the 2017 maple syrup season earlier than ever, with the first boil in January—and it was a big one! This morning he was up at 3:30 a.m. checking the vacuum pumps, making sure we are capturing all the sap from the warm weather this weekend. Yesterday he and I were at Dana Center in the Quabbin tapping trees. We only have one more small stand of trees to tap and then everything is ready. The sun was shining this morning, the dogs are following us around, and the sap flowing. All is well with mother nature. We’re grateful for this glorious day and the flowing, abundant sap!

 

Happy Easter!

May today be a wonderful family day for you, whether or not you celebrate Easter. The Sugar Shack is officially closed (Joe is finishing the clean-up today), so there is no open house. We’ll see you next year! And remember, you can always buy maple syrup at local stores: Petersham General Store, Clover Hill, Rose 32, Country Gourmet, and Howe’s vegetable stand in Holden and Paxton. You can also order online directly.

Boiling is over

I’m sorry to say we’re all done with sugaring for 2016. This is the earliest we’ve ever ended (but also the earliest we’ve ever started, so I guess it all evens out!)

We’ll be here tomorrow if you want to be outside and see the sugar house, but no steam coming out since there is no sap to boil into syrup!

Last week was the first open house of the 2016 season. And, believe it or not, today is the last boil of the season!
This has been a very strange year. The warm days and cold nights made February more like March. So we produced the majority of our syrup last month.
Join us today to see the last of the steam as we say goodbye to sugaring season and hello to spring. My daffodils have sprung up, so the flowers are not far away!
OPEN HOUSE:
When: Today from 11-4
Please help us spread the word by forwarding on the info to your friends and family that may be interested. Looking forward to seeing you!