Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks to the change to daylight savings time Brian was able to collect up to 6:30 tonight. So he’ll have sap to boil all day tomorrow. Starting this weekend we’ll have our famous Maple Cream Cones available. They are 1.50 each or a box of 6 for 8.00. We have also made some maple taffy in both 8 oz and 5 oz jars. Those are 8.00 and 6.00 respectively. We try to make enough to have on hand but due to increasing demand we can run out. Place an order and we’ll set some aside so you can be sure to get yours.
This week we finally had our first boil. Wednesday was practically balmy and Brian was able to collect enough sap to get the pans sweetened. No syrup made but next boil we will. Spoke to a few other sugar makers today who also had their first boil on Wednesday so the season is getting in gear for sure.
This weekend was a bit of fun having some sugar-on-snow for folks who dropped in. It’s always great to hear those childhood reminiscences from folks who remember having it themselves as kids and then being able to share it with a new generation. The weather is just what we need to get things loosened up for sap to start running at last. But we still need another day or so for it to really break free from the freeze. Wednesday looks like the optimal day. Lets hope so.
We’ll be open this coming Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm doing sugar-on-snow for those who stop in for a visit. Hope to see you then.
Brian has kept busy with all the pre-season prep that goes on. The evaporator’s been washed and arch repainted. All the gathering and sap storage tanks have been scrubbed to a gleam as well. Here’s a view from the inside looking out of the 500 gallon sap tank.
Who’d have thought it would be March 1st and no sap running yet. Guess in days gone by this was not so uncommon and certainly in the northern reaches of NH it’s not unusual. But for us it’s a first. As the weather forecasters are saying, a slow melt to the snow would be good to avoid flooding and that would also help us through the month with temperatures that should be good for sap flow. As with every year, we wait and see.
Holy smokes! The snow just keeps coming and there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of sugaring temperatures coming in anytime soon. Like everyone else there’s been plenty of plowing and roof shoveling going on the last month and more tomorrow. Brian had to load his tractor up on a trailer and plow out a couple locations to make them accessible once the weather breaks.