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I’m Back 2015

I recently received an email from a friend I haven’t been in contact with for over 20 years.  He tracked me down from our website and wondered if I was still alive since the last BLOG post was two years ago.  Thanks for the push E.B., Donna & I are alive and well and preparing for another sugaring season.  The cold weather has slowed things down this year.  Brrrr. You know it’s been a hard winter when you get excited to see the thermometer above zero.  We try to tap our trees only when the temperature is above 20 deg.  So far we are only about 1/4 complete.  This week looks like we should be able to tap every day.  I’ll keep you posted.  Hopefully more frequently than two years from now.

Andy

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2013 second season.

Hello again. My apologies for being delinquent with this blog. This season got off to a good start. We made a lot of Fancy syrup and then the cold weather hit for 10 days. This is quite the contrast to last year. This past week-end things warmed up again and our “second season” has begun. It looks like this will be a productive one.
Andy Hutchison

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Beautiful weather

Today’s weather and the forcasted weather for the next few day is great, unless you are a maple syrup producer.  Three or four days in the 70s will bring an early end to our sugaring season.  The trees buds will expand and the trees matabolism changes making the syrup flavor undesirable.  I’m sad to see the season end so soon but I am enjoying the warm sunshine.  It’s almost time to get the motorcycle out.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Grade change

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Each drum that is produced is recorded and a sample is taken.  This photo shows the progression of syrup grades that have been made so far.  These sample bottles are arranged chronologically.  Our first sample is on the left and our last on the right.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Busy season

Things have been a little busy here at MPS.  Yesterday started the biggest sap run of the season which is still running as I write this.  Our production is now about 40% of last years.  We boiled last night for a few hours to make sure our tanks didn’t overflow.  We will try and get all the sap processed today.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

No Snow

The last couple of days has been too cold for the sap to flow.  We expected a few inches of snow but only got a dusting.  Our next boil will probably be Saturday afternoon.  Our sugarhouse is open to visitors when we are boiling so take a road trip.  We would love to see you.

So far we’ve produced 15% of a crop and all of it fancy.  Not bad for February.  The sugar content of the sap has increased to above average for us.

 
 

First Boil

Our first boil this year was February 17.  This is the earliest we have boiled in our 24 years of making maple syrup but only by two days.  We have had three other years that were almost as early.  So far we have made about 12% of a crop and all of it is nice flavored fancy.  Even Donna, who normally prefers dark amber syrup admitted it is some of the nicest fancy she has tasted.  The weather this week looks favorable for a couple of small sap runs.  The big runs will occur later in March.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Uncategorized