Taps are in! Warm weather arriving!

by Mary 2/9/2017 7:53:00 AM

Our 1000 taps in the sugarbush are now in and as soon as the warm weather arrives, the sap will begin to flow. A few projects remain, such as installing the new vacuum pump, cleaning the stainless steel bulk tanks and reassembling the evaporator. Like last year, spring is arriving earlier and no one knows how long or short the season will last.

The latest forecast calls for unusually warm temperatures, more typical of late March. Though the windchill was -14 yesterday, tomorrow's forecast is for a high of 51! The following graph, from meteorologist Paul Douglas at the Star Tribune, demonstrates spring is arriving early.

January thaw triggers "Maple Fever"!

by Don 2/1/2017 9:50:00 AM

We've just experienced the longest and warmest January thaw since 1992. Having 9 straight days with temperatures above freezing has triggered the urge to begin preparations for the 2017 maple syrup season.

Peter and I traveled to the International Maple Syrup meeting this past October in Burlington, VT., along with other sugar makers from the US and Canada.  Over 400 people attended, representing 19 states and 5 Canadian provinces. We participated in scientific sessions on maple research and are incorporating many of the findings into our maple operation.

Research shows one of the key determinants of premature tap hole closure during the season is contamination of the spiles (the spout placed in the taphole) or tubing used in the collection process.  Studies have compared reusing spiles versus new spiles, and/or replacing portions of tubing over time.  Based on this, we completed the full replacement of over 1,000 droplines and spiles. The droplines are the 3 foot pieces of tubing from the tap hole to the lateral collecting line.

We are excited to tell you of another major innovation of our new "high vacuum" pump which will come on line in the next few weeks. Check back for another update!

Just a brief break! Easy gift giving!

by Mary 9/12/2016 6:58:00 AM

Before we begin repairing broken lines and replacing the 1000 drop lines this fall,  we're taking a break from bottling and shipping. Website ordering will be shutdown from September 15 - October 10th.

We can make your gift giving easy - Birthdays, Thinking of You, Happy Cooking, Hope you Feel Better,  Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day. . . let us know if you would like a note included in your gift, when you would like the gift to arrive and we can send someone a nicely wrapped package of delicious maple syrup.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us anytime.

Thank you for looking at our site and hopefully, enjoying our maple syrup.