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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!!

 

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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!

Today is the first open house of the 2016 sugaring season! Join us today, or any Sunday in March (except Easter), to see how the sweet stuff is made. It’s a sure sign Spring is almost here to stay when you see steam coming out of the sugar house.

We will be boiling sap to make syrup today.

Looking forward to seeing you!

IMG_0175This has been a very short season. Your last chance to see maple syrup being made at the Hardwick Sugar Shack is tomorrow, March 29, 2015 between 11-4. Joe and I are just leaving the farm now to go collect sap for tomorrow’s boil. Onyx and Pearl (our black and yellow labs) are awaiting our return to play more in the snow. I think they are the only ones happy to see more of the white stuff!!!

Today Joe finished another boil and made some tasty medium amber syrup. There will be taste testers tomorrow.

Hope to see you then.