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Production update

Ideal sugaring weather helped us make a significant amount of syrup this weekend. After several freezing nights last week, a warm stretch began Thursday night and launched the biggest run of sap we have had thus far in 2011. Boiling for at least seven hours each day we produced 135, 115, and 110 gallons on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively. Friday and Saturday's syrup was virtually all grade A light amber, and Sunday we made mostly medium amber. The weekend production pushed our season total up and over 500 gallons. Our goal when we began the season was 2000 gallons, so we are currently more than a quarter of the way there. Stay tuned as we seek our 2000th gallon...

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First Boil of 2011

The boiling season started in a big way today. After a weekend of rain and warm weather, the trees started their first significant sap run of the season. Sap was collected from each of our four sugaring orchards and we started boiling late in the afternoon. We had enough sap to boil for several hours and finished the night with over seventy five gallons of pure maple syrup. As a general rule, syrup made at the start of a season is lighter in color than syrup made later in the season. This held true Sunday night, as all but the first few gallons were a beautiful medium amber. After a late start to the 2011 season we were excited to...

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All the trees are tapped

Tree tapping for the 2011 season at Windswept Maples Farm was completed today. This year's total number of taps is 6070, which is an increase of approximately 600 taps from the previous season. At our farm, the majority of maple trees have only a single tap per tree, which means around 5900 trees are actually in production. Studies have shown that for trees on a vacuum system, increasing the number of taps on a tree does not result in a significant increase in sap yield. Therefore, to maintain yields while minimizing tree damage, we generally will only drill one 5/16 inch hole in a tree under 24 inches in diameter. With all the trees tapped, and good sugaring weather in...

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Season Wrap-up: 1702 gallons

Sugaring season has come to a close at Windswept Maples Farm. This year's total production was 1,702 gallons of pure maple syrup. While this represents the most syrup we have made in a season, an increase in taps this year means that actual production per tap was down compared to 2009. In 2010 we tapped approximately 5000 trees, boiling for the first time on February 21st. Our last day of boiling this year was March 31st. Overall 2010 was a productive season and we would like to thank all who were a part of it. We will have all grades of syrup available throughout the year at the farm, and can also ship it across the U.S. For more information,...

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