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Posted 3/24/2011 4:59pm by Josh Bouchard .

We've been getting plenty of sap this week with the weather conditions being about perfect.  Nice cold nights and the days have been just getting warm enough.  Tuesday we boiled off ~850 gallons and Monday was ~950 gallons.  I think we're pushing pretty close to my 20 gal of sap per tap goal which should be about an average season.  Looking at the extended forecast, the weather's great so I don't see any problem with going through March strong this year.

We'll be boiling tonight and maybe tomorrow night.  For the weekend, we'll be open all day for tours, to buy syrup, and etc.  We will not be starting the evaporator until the afternoon though so we have time to do maintenance work on the equipment and lines.

Posted 3/20/2011 6:31pm by Josh Bouchard .

We had a great weekend with a great crowd both days.  Yesterday we had a group from Isreal and another from Switzerland and today had some Graduate students from UNH who were from Guatemala and Spain and they studied fluid movement (I think) in trees.  Again we would like to thank everyone who came to visit our sugar house this weekend and hope to see you all in the future.

We apologize for anyone who came this afternoon when we had no more syrup available.  We have bottled up more syrup as of tonight. We will be making more cream and candy as we have time, but this may not be until after maple season since we boil almost every night.

Even with the warm temp's the past few days, we were able to collect enough sap to boil all day today. We got a good freeze last night and perfect weather for sap to flow.  We collected at dinner tonight to find our woods tank overflowing so it must've been a good day.  We're supposed to get another good freeze tonight, so it should run well tomorrow.  The extended forecast is looking very good through this week.

Posted 3/19/2011 8:10pm by Josh Bouchard .

We had a great turnout today.  Thanks a lot to everyone who came to visit our sugarhouse today.  It was great to see people we recognized from before and plenty of new faces.  I understand the Fire Department had a great turnout as well and would like to thank everyone for their contribution.

This bout of warm weather is throwing the trees for a loop, but they are still producing some sap.  Yesterday's near 70F day didn't help things, but the extended forecast is looking perfect to make plenty of syrup this week.

For everyone who came in looking for B grade syrup, We started making it this afternoon and have some on hand for sale now.  With the weather improving this coming week, we're expecting to go back to making dark amber, but as it starts getting warmer again we'll start making Grade B again.

We picked up another 500 gal of sap today and left another 100-150 gal in the woods, so we'll have plenty of sap tomorrow to boil for tomorrow's open house.

Posted 3/17/2011 11:41am by Josh Bouchard .

Been very busy, we've been getting buried in sap even with problems we've been having with our vacuum system.  We're not really sure what's causing it, but hope to have it figured out soon.  The RO is working overtime and has really saved us this year.  There's no way we could've processed all this sap without it. 

As of last night, our gallons of syrup produced per tap is better than all of last year and our gallons of sap collected per tap is almost as good as all of last year.  Keep in mind we should get almost another two more weeks out of the season, but we'll see where things end up in early April...knock on wood.

Lisa collected 500 gal this morning and the RO's running now.  We will be boiling tonight and unless we run out of sap storage, we will be holding tomorrow's run for Maple Weekend.  Tomorrow will be cleaning everything up and preparing for the big weekend.  Also don't forget the Fire Dept. will be having a pancake breakfast Saturday morning from 8-11am.

Posted 3/14/2011 7:54am by Josh Bouchard .

Well, the weather conditions for Thursday and into Saturday have been about perfect.  The low pressure, rainy front which moved in really opened the trees up and we've been flooded with sap.  I'll have to go through our log book, but I believe went processed about 3000 gallons of our own sap this weekend which is phenomenal for not having any freeze ups.  We basically just collected and processed in a weekend half of what we collected all of last year...not bad.

This week's shaping up to be a good week for runs and we should have plenty of sap for maple weekend.

Posted 3/9/2011 11:20am by Josh Bouchard .

Sap's been running and things are running pretty smoothly.  We got the filter press working and this is helping considerably in filtering all the syrup we're making and making the process more efficient.

We collected 600 gal of sap on Monday and boiled it Tuesday morning for a local nature camp which stopped by. 

Looking at the extended forecast, we'll be boiling Wednesday through Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Posted 3/5/2011 8:48pm by Josh Bouchard .

Although the weather this weekend is about perfect for sap flow, it got off to a slow start.  I believe due to how cold it was last week, it's taking a while for the trees to thaw out.  Also this woods is colder than the surrounding area.  Today when I came home for lunch, it was 50 degrees at home, but only 40 degrees in the woods.  A cold woods makes for a rough start early in the season, but because it's colder, it'll run better later in the season.  The trees finally started running around 2pm with one section in a low area still not running at 5:30.  It's supposed to stay warm tonight and be another nice day tomorrow, so it will continue to thaw the trees out and we should get a good run out of it.  We will be boiling tomorrow afternoon.  The start time will be determined based on how much sap we get tonight and tomorrow.

Posted 3/2/2011 2:45pm by Josh Bouchard .

We thought the season was getting off to an early start, but it's looking like a normal season.  Typically, the season gets into full swing the first week of March and it's looking like it's going to be the same this year.  Based on the long range forecast, the weather's going to break on Saturday with prime sugaring weather this weekend.  We should be boiling this weekend, so check back in to find out when.

Posted 2/25/2011 7:31am by Josh Bouchard .

Due to the cold weather this week, the trees pretty much shut down which is expected during the early part of the season.  From the little bit of warmer weather we've gotten the past few days, we've only collected about 150 gal of sap which we'll boil off in a couple of hours tonight.

We're crossing our fingers, but the long range forecast shows warm weather for next week.  Keep checking back in for updates.

Posted 2/20/2011 2:56pm by Josh Bouchard .

We've collected about 975 gallons from Wednesday through Saturday.  The trees ran well Thursday and Friday and despite the temperature, they were running a bit yesterday.  Even though it was a scramble to get this early run, it's been good to get the bugs worked out before the sap really runs.  We'll be boiling off the rest of our sap tonight.

It doesn't look like the weather's going to break until Thursday.  We'd expect to get sap later this week.