Showing posts with label sugaring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sugaring. Show all posts

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!

08 April 2015

K's View

K took these photos a few days ago... certainly not from today, as we were sleeted on while gathering sap.  And we didn't boil this morning because the temperatures hovered above freezing for a couple of nights.  

This sugaring season has had many of those days... warm enough for the sap to run, but it doesn't get quite cold enough at night.  Or nice cold nights and the days are just too chilly, overcast and windy. 

But these lovely photos were from one of the good sugaring days this year.

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. :)

12 March 2015

the first gather

Our sugaring operation is small compared to many sugar makers, but it is large enough that each of us are needed when it comes time to gather sap.  This year, we increased how many buckets we are using (to 200) and decreased the taps we have on lines (to 100).  300 is about our max for taps in our 2 acres sugarbush.  

I think I say this every year, but I love gathering sap.  I love to notice the signs of spring as we spend our afternoons or evenings in the woods together.  There is an element of surprise with every bucket we check and satisfaction as we fill the tank.

I'm so happy to be sugaring again.

07 March 2015

getting ready

We are tapped out! 
And waiting for the warmer weather that we are supposed to get this coming week.
Hoping for a great sugaring season.  :)