Showing posts with label maple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label maple. Show all posts

26 March 2016

sugaring's done

We pulled the taps, and boiled out.  The sugaring season is done.  We made 60 gallons of syrup this year, which ties our best year in 2013.  We made quite a bit of dark (formerly grade b)...our favorite, which we usually don't make a lot of.  We have most of it bottled in quarts for sale on etsy and at farmers' markets.  

It was a great year--surprisingly long considering the early warm days we had here in Vermont.

Don't forget to sign up for our mama collaborative newsletter to get entered into this giveaway.  Just leave a comment that you've signed up.  (I meant to post this post yesterday...and thought I had, so I'm extending the entry time until Monday!)

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!  

09 March 2016


Adam is boiling in the sugarhouse,
the syrup is waiting to be canned,
my sleep sack is waiting to be knitted,
the mountain of laundry is waiting to be folded,
and I'm snuggling my sick little farm girl.

02 March 2016

mud like april

The trails through the woods are starting to look like the end of sugaring season.  The ruts in the mud are getting huge.  The extended forecast looks like sugaring season for us could be done in the next week or two.   But we are thankful for the great sap runs we have had--the best one to date was just two nights ago.  We collected 300 gallons as the sun went down.  Adam had to run to drag another tank to the trailer we had in the woods because we had filled our main tank.  Collecting buckets in the dark is not the most fun way to sugar, but we are thankful for every drop of sap.

(Syrup is back in our etsy shop, by the way.)

01 March 2016

maple pudding

Mostly farm fresh pudding with our eggs, milk and maple...
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch 
1/8 tsp salt
5 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups whole milk

Whisk the maple syrup, cornstarch and salt together in a medium saucepan.  Add the yolks, then immediately, but gradually whisk in the milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently at first, then constantly as the mixture starts to thicken and begins to simmer, 8 to 10 minutes.  Once the mixture simmers, cook for 1 minute.  Pour into ramekins and place parchment on top, and refrigerate until cool.  

I have some friends who prefer not to use cornstarch but I haven't made it with alternate thickener (and we can purchase organic nonGMO cornstarch in bulk at our co-op).  Maybe something like arrowroot would work?  

This recipe makes 6 small ramekins of pudding. 

23 February 2016

first boil (and a new bonnet)

Adam spent the day boiling yesterday, with the help of our friend Mark.  He made about 4 gallons of syrup, which I'll can up today and post in our etsy shop!  

Fenna had the sweetest little hand-me-down bonnet when she was younger and I wanted to make another one like it (after her 'rose aux joeus bonnet' went through the washer and dryer and I haven't been able to block it back to size successfully).  I used the 'fresh bonnet' pattern, but did fewer increases so it would be snugger to her head.  I also added a longer rib band along the bottom to make it more snug.  It fits well, though she doesn't like it tied tightly around her chin. 

Joining Nicole today...

14 April 2015

stuck in the mud

After boiling out on Saturday afternoon, we decided to gather the taps and buckets after dinner that night.  With the help of a friend who was staying with us for the weekend, it went quickly...we loaded up the buckets on a trailer and Adam was pulling them out of the woods with the tractor.  ...Until he got stuck in mud.  Deep, deep mud.  

He probably spent just as much time trying to get the tractor and trailer out of the mud as we did pulling the taps and buckets from the trees.  
Finally, we left the trailer in the woods and we loaded the buckets onto the fork attachment on the tractor.  

Of course, while this was happening, there were four little farm kids thoroughly enjoying the mud.

13 April 2015

boiling out

On Saturday, we boiled out...finishing up our sugaring season.
It was a beautiful day and friends stopped by to enjoy the last maple-y, steamy day in the sugar house.  I made some 5-grain waffle batter and brought our little waffle iron out the sugar house for everyone to have waffles and fresh syrup.

This year was slow but steady.  We collected 1500 gallons of sap and made 37 gallons of syrup (9 more than last year, but no where near our record year of 58 gallons).  We are thankful for every drop, though.  And will have enough to sell our quarts and 12 oz jars at market and through etsy for most of the year.  As I think I've mentioned many times, our little homestead relies on all of the different ventures we do as income--and this year we were so thankful that we our set up for sugaring is small and therefore our costs are low.  It would have been stressful during this cold season to worry about producing enough product to cover costs like larger sugarers must worry about.  It was an enjoyable season for the whole family!

24 March 2015

the first draw

A little late now, as we've had several draws of syrup--but it happened despite the cold temperatures.  
2015 syrup is up at the etsy shop now.  :)

13 March 2015

the first boil

And yesterday was our first boil...we sweetened the pan.
Yes, that is M in a swim shirt, which he thinks is what snowboarders wear...sipping a smoothie. :)