The sugarhouse
The sugarhouse

Art and Trish, thankful that sugar weather has finally come!

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Building the sugarhouse
Building the sugarhouse

Building our sugarhouse in the Winter of 1988-89. We built all of the buildings on our farm using traditional post and beam construction - complete with a "raising" party where many friends and neighbors helped to raise the building's frame.

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Snow falling over the edge of the sugarhouse woodshed
Snow falling over the edge of the sugarhouse woodshed

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The sugarhouse
The sugarhouse

Art and Trish, thankful that sugar weather has finally come!

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The Sugarhouse

Fudge, candy, and syrup
Fudge, candy, and syrup

Our three products: pure Vermont maple syrup, maple walnut fudge, and pure maple candy.

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Boiling fudge
Boiling fudge

Maple fudge, boiling on our wood-fired stove.

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Small maple sugar candies
Small maple sugar candies

Ingredients: our pure Vermont maple syrup

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Fudge, candy, and syrup
Fudge, candy, and syrup

Our three products: pure Vermont maple syrup, maple walnut fudge, and pure maple candy.

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Making Fudge and Candy

Tap in a maple tree
Tap in a maple tree

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Drilling a hole for the tap
Drilling a hole for the tap

We prepare for the start of the season in February by "tapping out" the sugarbush. We use small, rechargeable drills with a narrow bit to drill one or more holes in each maple tree (depending on the diameter of the tree).

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Maple trees after a late February snow
Maple trees after a late February snow

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Tap in a maple tree
Tap in a maple tree

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Tapping Trees

Pumpkin vines escaping into the driveway in late August.
Pumpkin vines escaping into the driveway in late August.

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Plowing the garden with the horse
Plowing the garden with the horse

Our compost bin, behind Art, is an important part of our gardening process - all household food scraps, weeds from the garden, and overipe zuccinis, are either fed to our chickens or composted. The compost is then added back into the garden over following years.

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Onion braids
Onion braids

We hang the braids of onions from the dining room ceiling, and Trish uses them all winter. The dining room also doubles as our syrup showroom!

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Pumpkin vines escaping into the driveway in late August.
Pumpkin vines escaping into the driveway in late August.

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Gardening

Jars of syrup
Jars of syrup

Quart jars of our maple syurp labeled and sitting on the shelf, ready to be shipped out to our customers.

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The evaporator
The evaporator

Our wood-fired maple evaporator. The doors are red hot!

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2015 syrup samples
2015 syrup samples

Daily syrup samples from the 2015 season. The syrup actually got lighter at the end of this week, which is not the usual trend. We normally see the syrup darken over the course of the season as the sugar content in the sap drops.

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Jars of syrup
Jars of syrup

Quart jars of our maple syurp labeled and sitting on the shelf, ready to be shipped out to our customers.

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Making Syrup

Pour syrup into a saucepan. One pint of our maple syrup makes 6 generous servings of sugar on snow.
Pour syrup into a saucepan. One pint of our maple syrup makes 6 generous servings of sugar on snow.

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Begin to boil the syrup, measuring the temperature with a candy thermometer.
Begin to boil the syrup, measuring the temperature with a candy thermometer.

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Eat with a fork, and watch out for your teeth!
Eat with a fork, and watch out for your teeth!

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Pour syrup into a saucepan. One pint of our maple syrup makes 6 generous servings of sugar on snow.
Pour syrup into a saucepan. One pint of our maple syrup makes 6 generous servings of sugar on snow.

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How to Make Sugar on Snow

Stacked firewood
Stacked firewood

Firewood stacked and ready to heat our home all winter.

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The house woodshed filled with firewood
The house woodshed filled with firewood

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Art and Teddy using the bob sled to haul firewood out of the woods
Art and Teddy using the bob sled to haul firewood out of the woods

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Stacked firewood
Stacked firewood

Firewood stacked and ready to heat our home all winter.

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Woodcutting and Logging

Art with our horse Teddy, hitched up for a winter sleigh ride
Art with our horse Teddy, hitched up for a winter sleigh ride

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Horse and cart on the road
Horse and cart on the road

Art with our horse, Teddy, all hitched up with the cart that we use to haul the firewood that we burn to heat our house and make our maple syrup, maple candy and maple fudge.

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The blueberry patch and house coverd with snow
The blueberry patch and house coverd with snow

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Art with our horse Teddy, hitched up for a winter sleigh ride
Art with our horse Teddy, hitched up for a winter sleigh ride

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Around the Farm