2019 season update

After a 10 spell of cold weather temps finally climbed above freezing and the sap was ran like I never seen before. We had 2 trucks hauling, our 94 International with a 1500 gallon tank and our 99 Ford with a 425 gallon. My two big sugar bushes are 35 miles from the sugarhouse so

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2019 season update

After a 10 day spell of cold weather temps finally climbed above freezing and the sap was ran like I’ve never seen before. We had 2 trucks hauling, our 94 International with a 1500 gallon tank and our 99 Ford with a 425 gallon. My two big sugar bushes are 35 miles from the sugarhouse

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Syrup Season is underway

Tapping is complete and we had our first big run last weekend. We boiled 10 hours on Monday and made 120 gallons of delicious grade A Golden syrup. One snag with theRO machine set us back but we changed out the feed pump with a spare and we’re back up and running. Colder weather has

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Wet/Dry Line

We’ve been working in the woods the past few weeks installing new tubing in our McCormick sugar bush.  So far the pump house is built, we ran 1400ft of 2/0 aluminum wire so our vacuum pump will be in the woods rather than out at the road.  What you see here are 2 parallel 1″

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Maple syrup flavor guide

Pure maple syrup is labeled under 1 of 4 grades. Golden Delicate  (formerly Grade A light amber). Very sweet with a hint of maple flavor, good for making maple candy, maple cream or maple sugar.  Because the maple flavor is so subtle we do not sell this grade. Amber color rich taste (formerly Grade A medium)

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Back to school breakfast

Back to school breakfast done right! In our house the first two weeks back to school are a little like pushing a car uphill. Once you get over the top, the car starts rolling and the momentum will carry you all the way to Christmas. Starting the day off right can be a real challenge,

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Barrel Aged Syrup

Coming this fall bourbon barrel aged maple syrup! The syrup has been aging about a month so far,  this is our first go at barrel aging.  I’ve tied some from a friend of mine who makes syrup and it was unbelievably complex.   I picked a drum of syrup that had some really intense caramel overtones

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New Grading Rules

In 2014 the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) introduced a new set of grading rules to govern how maple syrup is labeled.  The one major change is the elimination of Grade B.  To some the term “grade B” had a negative connotation, implying that grade B was inferior or a lower quality product.  As many

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Time to Tap

We took advantage of the warm weather last week to start tapping.  My son and nephew spent the day with me working on our woods along the Allegheny River.  More than once I found myself gazing down at the river and the apposing hillside enjoying the natural beauty.  And to be working along side my

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