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!