Surge of Sap!

by Mary 2/25/2016 7:35:00 AM

With temperatures more like late March, we've had several days of impressive sap flow.  Our earliest start to the maple syrup season, we have 1800 gallons of sap to process. Today will be the first day of making syrup by concentrating the 2.5% sugar in the sap to 11%, using the reverse osmosis machine. Our wood -fired evaporator will bring this sap to 67% sugar, at which point it is maple syrup. The RO process reduces wood consumption and the time required to make syrup by 75% .

While the forecasts can change, the extended outlook looks very favorable for sap flow and, in the end, delicious maple syrup! Stay tuned!

  • THU 02/25mostly-cloudy34°/20°Mostly cloudyPrecip chance: 1%Wind: 13.8 NW
  • FRI 02/26partly-cloudy42°/32°Partly sunnyPrecip chance: 1%Wind: 6.9 SW
  • SAT 02/27partly-cloudy56°/35°Partly sunnyPrecip chance: 1%Wind: 8.1 SW
  • SUN 02/28snow42°/29°FlurriesPrecip chance: 55%Wind: 11.5 N
  • MON 02/29mostly-cloudy44°/20°Mostly cloudyPrecip chance: 25%Wind: 11.5 WSW
  • TUE 03/01partly-cloudy31°/21°Intermittent cloudsPrecip chance: 14%Wind: 9.2 NE
  • WED 03/02partly-cloudy30°/15°Intermittent cloudsPrecip chance: 10%Wind: 11.5 NE
  • THU 03/03clear35°/20°Mostly sunnyPrecip chance: 12%Wind: 12.7 WSW
  • FRI 03/04mostly-cloudy34°/27°Mostly cloudyPrecip chance: 0%Wind: 6.9 E
  • SAT 03/05mostly-cloudy37°/26°Mostly cloudyPrecip chance: 25%Wind: 11.5 W
  • SUN 03/06cloudy38°/26°CloudyPrecip chance: 16%Wind: 5.8 SSW
  • MON 03/07cloudy42°/28°CloudyPrecip chance: 25%Wind: 6.9 ENE
  • TUE 03/08cloudy42°/30°CloudyPrecip chance: 25%Wind: 10.4 SE
  • WED 03/09cloudy42°/35°CloudyPrecip chance: 35%Wind: 13.8 SE
  • THU 03/10clear53°/33°SunnyPrecip chance: 16%Wind: 6.9 SSE

Dark Robust (Grade B) Syrup Now Available

by Mary 11/15/2015 2:55:00 PM

 All of you foodies who have requested "Grade B" syrup are in luck, as we just finished bottling this syrup in plastic quarts. We have a limited supply of the dark syrup and when it is sold out, we'll have to hope for more during the 2016 season. This syrup has a deep flavor and will be excellent in many of the recipes in the Maple cookbook (see prior post).  If you are looking for a gift idea, consider packaging the Maple cookbook and a quart of the Dark Robust Syrup - certain to be a hit with anyone who enjoys good food and cooking in the kitchen.

Recommended Maple Syrup Cookbook

by Mary 11/14/2015 3:15:00 PM

If you are looking for some new ideas on how to use maple syrup, click here for the link to the book on Amazon.

It is one of the best, if not the best, maple syrup cookbooks in our collection. Breakfasts, Drinks and Appetizers, Soups, Side Dishes, Salads, Main Courses and Desserts make up the contents of this terrific book. Links to resources, such as maple sugar, maple candy, unusual ingredients and baking equipment are found at the end of the cookbook.  We've tried the Maple Pork Loin Roast with Apple Chutney, along with the suggested Sweet and Sour Sauerkraut and the Rustic Pear Galette. Delicious!! We've only begun to work our way through all the creative and appetizing recipes.

We anticipate bottling Grade A: Dark Amber /Grade B maple syrup soon and we'll have this available on the website ASAP. Officially, according to the USDA,  the dark maple syrup (Grade B)  is now Grade A:Dark Color and Robust Flavor. The darker the syrup, the more intense the flavor - especially important in many recipes.

Epicurious has a good article on the new syrup grading system: "Making Sense of the New Syrup Guidelines"