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Today it’s warm, over 60 degrees. And it was in the 20’s earlier this week. That mean the sap is running today. Joe just left to collect sap at the Quabbin Reservoir, where we tap some trees on state land. So far today we have about 1,000 gallons of sap to boil down. We’re making really light Grade A medium amber (just a shade under the fancy grade).

Up at the house is the corned beef Joe bought. I’m not a big fan (a traitorous sentiment of my Irish heritage, I know). Once a year we have it during sugaring season, boiling it in a big pot over the fire with sap instead of water. I love the boiled veggies that go with it. The sap makes for a slightly sweet and yummy flavor. Give it a try this St Patti’s Day and let me know what you think. 

  

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You’re invited! Come see how we make maple syrup every Sunday in March from 11-4. Learn the steps from tapping the tree to tasting the sweet stuff. 

Directions:

From the center of Hardwick head north on 32A towards Petersham. Past the fire station, take your next right at the cemetery onto North Rd. Take your first left onto Jackson Rd. Our farm is about a mile up the road on the right.

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First boil of the 2012 maple syrup season here at the Hardwick Sugar Shack in central Massachusetts. Our first run was January 31st–that’s a record! It’s the earliest we’ve ever started our season.

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The October snow storm did not herald a tough winter. Just the opposite. Very mild, and we’re making lots of maple syrup here in central Massachusetts.

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