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Haven't updated our blog in a bit, but we're still getting sap from our vacuum woods. Unfortunately, last week's warm weather shut down the gravity taps that we have. The sap sugar content is pretty low, so our ratio is about 1.1. It takes a lot more sap now to make a little syrup, but fortunately we have the reverse osmosis machine to take a lot of the water out so the ratio is about 6:1 when we boil it...much better. Not sure how much longer the sap will run, but we'll take it as long as it comes.
Overall, we're having a good year. We've reached our syrup production goal for the year, so any more that we get is a bonus.
Been having some good runs the past few days, but we think it's been too nice for the trees to run real well. Trees run on the pressure difference between the barometric pressure and the internal tree pressure. The greater the pressure difference, the better the trees will run. The past couple days have been real nice with no clouds...high front = high barometric pressure, so the trees don't run well. The extended forecast isn't showing many freezing nights, but we should still get some good sap runs, and there's no sign of the peepers yet. Still plenty of maple season left!
Maple Weekend's over and we had a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who came to visit us and we hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed our sugarhouse. We were able to see the familiar faces of our regulars, and were able to meet a lot of new people.
Fortunately, the cold weather left us in time for us to get good sap runs for the weekend. We had a good run on Friday, and great runs on Saturday and Sunday. Over the weekend, were able to show people how we made syrup and made another 50+ gallons.
Thanks again to everyone and stay tuned to see how the rest of our season goes. Looking at the forecast, we should be getting good sap runs for the next two weeks.
Still too cold, which is better than too warm. It's given us a break from boiling, but when you boil every night, you get into a good rhythm. The timing's good because it's given us some time to get things ready for Maple Weekend. Looking at the forecast, the trees will start to run well again this weekend and we should make it well into April.
As a reminder, this weekend is our big Open House. We'll be open from 8-4 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday. Also, the Barrington Fire Department will be having their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.
Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!
After a strong start to the season with ideal weather conditions, it's been cold most of the past week, and the trees have temporarily shut down. Just think, last year it was mid-80's and we were done for the year. Right now, we're lucky if we can get above freezing!
We've been getting a little bit of sap here and there, but not much. We were able to collect enough over a few days to boil for a little bit on Sunday, and we've been able to collect enough since to be able to boil again tonight. The extended forecast looks great to keep us running very strong through the end of March and into April.
Here's to a strong finish to the season!
We processed over 3500 gal of sap over the weekend to make more than 60 gallons of syrup and have now blown our totals from last year out of the water! The weather looks good for the near future and we are planning on boiling ever night this week.
Also, a quick reminder that Maple Weekend is coming up March 23rd and 24th. We will be open on Saturday from 8am to 4pm and the Barrington Fire Department will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast using our syrup on Saturday only. They are located across the street from us. Sunday we will be open from 9am-3pm. We hope to see many familiar faces and lots of new ones too!
It looks like we'll be getting a flood of sap this weekend! We are anticipating getting over 2,000 gallons of sap each day! Our season is going very smoothly and we have produced over 200 gallons of syrup so far, which is almost what we made all of last year. We are still boiling every night, so feel free to stop by and see us in action and taste some syrup.
The season's still early, but we've been getting some pretty good runs this week. We boiled 700 gallons on Monday night and another 500 gallons Tuesday night. The sap ran surprisingly well yesterday and last night, so our sap tank was already 1/2 full this morning. Today should be a great day (temp's in the low 40's), and same with tomorrow. We'll be boiling a lot of sap down tonight, and likely tomorrow night, so stop on in if you're interested. The sap should run good on Saturday, and because of the UNH hockey game Saturday night (Isabella's favorite team), we'll be boiling in the late afternoon if we have enough sap.
It's been cold this week, and the trees haven't wanted to release their sweet juice. We got some trickling runs in early this week and was able to collect 525 gallons on Wednesday. We sent it through the evaporator and made some great tasting syrup.
Today was cold, but the sap was still running in parts of our woods, probably got 200 gallons today. This isn't enough to boil, but we have a big block of frozen sap still in our woods tank to keep it nice and cold. The sap should run good tomorrow, and it looks like most of tomorrow night. Who knows, we may get a good run on Sunday while it's snowing out.
This weekend, we may boil tomorrow night, or hold it over and boil on Sunday during the storm. Anybody's welcome to stop over whenever we're boiling (even at night), just call ahead to find out what time we're lighting the match.
Have a good weekend.
We boiled our first batch of sap yesterday and were able to sweeten the pans plus make ~4 gallons of syrup. We tapped Thursday and Friday and currently have about 800 taps online with another 75+ to go. We can feel it, it's going to be a big year...weather's cold and we have snow.
In January, we were awarded 1st place for the best syrup in the State of NH! Sweet!
We should get a run tomorrow and Friday...we'll see what this weekend brings us.