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01 December 2016

November



 












I apologize to any of you who follow our farm account on instagram.  I have barely used my camera the whole month of November, so most of these photos were taken with my ipod and many, if not all of them, were shared on instagram already.

The month of November was so full... so full that I didn't think of grabbing my camera.  I can hardly keep up with the daily tasks of cooking and laundry, it seems, so I didn't think of posting on the blog.

The frosty days of early November (seen on the lovely autumn blueberry leaves) brought the kids and me inside most of the time.  It felt like a big deal to go out and dig the last row of carrots.  It's so funny how without realizing it, we go from such full days outside to full days inside that even harvesting seems out of routine when just a month earlier we had farmers' markets.

Being inside more means I am crafting a lot!  I finished F's Tiny Tea Leaves sweater and made myself, not one, but two Fen dresses!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I had picked up some beautiful fabric and the pattern on my birthday weekend away in Portland, Maine.

Adam finished splitting the slab wood for sugaring seasoning, just in time for snow.

I helped a dear friend for a day cutting balsam for wreaths.  We only got through 8 of her 50 balsam bunches--wreath-making is no joke!

The kids got one good sledding afternoon in before the weather warmed again.

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family (and got to snuggle up our baby niece the whole time).  And came back to the largest market I do with crafts--two full days of selling hand-made goods with several of my closest friends.  It was a great market this year!

In any of the spare moments I have, I'm trying to work on the gifts I plan to make for family and friends.  Looks like it will be a very full December, too.


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.

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Have a wonderful Easter weekend!  

09 March 2016

today













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.)




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...

22 February 2016

it's started






Because of a late dinner and meeting at church on Saturday evening, we ended up collecting sap in the dark.  I put the kids to bed and went out with Adam and two friends to gather under the moonlight.  It was one of the best sap runs we've had in years, more than 250 gallons.  The following day was the same!  A great start to this season.  This year we have about 275 buckets and about 25 taps on lines (on the few steeper areas of our woods).

We also celebrated K's 12th birthday yesterday, though he'd prefer to not have a birthday photo posted.  Maybe this sweet one from 12 years ago will be ok. ;)  




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.