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Homemade Pure Maple Syrup Part 2

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday March 29, 2013   -   By Katie

Last week I shared that we’ve been collecting maple sap for making our own maple syrup. It has been a great family-time endeavor and the first step – collecting maple sap – couldn’t be simpler. To learn how to collect your own maple sap, click here . ...

Homemade Pure Maple Syrup

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Friday March 15, 2013   -   By Katie

My father-in-law (hereafter lovingly referred to as “Papa”) is currently in his third year of making homemade maple syrup from his own trees. Last year he made an abundance and we’ve been blessed with as much free, pure maple syrup as our little ...

Spring Work

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday April 03, 2010   -   By Chris

The maple sugarin' season was very short this year with a low yield.  We made about 25% of what we made last year.  Lucky for us we have a very diversified farm and we don't rely on one product/season.  My advice is that if you are looking to...

Of Rust and Tools

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Friday March 05, 2010   -   By Chris

Not sure what it is...but most everything around here has a bit of rust to it.  Sort of makes it better, I think.  

First Batch of 2010 Maple Syrup

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Tuesday March 02, 2010   -   By Chris

We had the evaporator firing late into the night over this past weekend and our results yielded our first batch of 2010 Maple Syrup!  The full moon was out, the steam was rising from the pan, and Hurricane Farm's Official "Taste...

Winter Continues

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday February 27, 2010   -   By Chris

It was "supposed to, maybe, probably, it could" snow all week here in Connecticut.  We had rain.  But...Friday came and so did the snow.  Finally! The maple buckets are in the woods and there is a fresh layer of clean,...

The Sap Flows!

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday February 22, 2010   -   By Chris

It took only a few hours and a sunny morning to get about 100 taps in.  We dug out the buckets, lids, tools, and spouts, loaded up the trucks, and headed across town to the sugar bush. The owners of the land that we use have been hard at work...

Bringin' In the Wood...Maple Anyone?

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Thursday February 18, 2010   -   By Chris

With the roof on, the trees tapped, and SNOW in the forecast, it was time to bring in some of our dry firewood. Our design of a post/pole building leaves plenty of open room for the sunshine, for fresh air and ventilation, and for stacking...

Work on the Sugar Hut Continues...Frantically!

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday February 15, 2010   -   By Chris

We've been planning for a couple of weeks to tap the maple trees today (President's Day).  So...for the past couple of days we've been frantically working on getting the sugaring hut finished up. Erica and I were able to move the evaporator--about 1...

Maple Sugarin'

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Sunday February 07, 2010   -   By Chris

It's just about time to pull out all of the equipment and head out to the woods!  This week we have lots in store at the farm... 100's of buckets, lids, tubing, and spouts will need to be rinsed off, loaded into our truck, and driven across town to...

Construction Continues on the Sugar Shack

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Sunday October 25, 2009   -   By Chris

Last weekend we started to put the roof together for our sugar shack.  It will ultimately be an open-walled pole structure to house our maple syrup evaporator.  We'll be able to make much more syrup once we're able to get a roof overhead the whole...

Sugarin' Season Un-Plugged

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday April 15, 2009   -   By Chris

With the end of the maple sugarin' season come and gone, it is time to start cleaning up the pails and buckets and taps.  There is lots of equipment to dismantle, carry in from the woods, and clean. Yesterday, Erica spent 6 hours at least scrubbing,...

Night Time Sugarin'

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Sunday March 29, 2009   -   By Chris

The sugarin' season is just about up, but here are some photos of last week's late night boil. The whole family was out there working on making the sweet stuff, and we managed to even rig up some lights so we could see what we were doing. ...

Truly a Family Affair

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Thursday March 19, 2009   -   By Chris

Every since we started farming--with four chickens and a rabbit--our family has been keen on lending a hand.  From my dad, who chops wood, gathers sap, and gives tractor rides, to my Mom who brings really tasty spinach salads, to Erica's Mom who makes us...

Maple Sugarin' Update

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Friday March 13, 2009   -   By Chris

It's time for an update on the maple sugarin' here in Connecticut.  It's been a really busy week--with a brief trip to our favorite Phishing hole last weekend (more on this later)--but we're full scale on our maple syrup operation right now.  We've...

Update on the Sap Flow in Scotland, CT

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Friday February 27, 2009   -   By Chris

Update on the sap flow here in Scotland, CT.  (How come they did away with the old Conn. abbreviation, by the way?  I was always partial to that.) We added 10 more taps in our new sugarbush up the road and collected the sap that ran over the...

First Batch of Maple

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Sunday February 22, 2009   -   By Chris

We fired up our new evaporator and worked on our first batch of maple syrup yesterday.  We'll be finishing off a little over a gallon of syrup this morning! We were warned by several people--both in books and in person--to NEVER let the level of the...

Assemblage

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday February 16, 2009   -   By Chris

The new evaporator is here!  Erica went up to New Hampshire Friday evening--returning at midnight--to pick up the supplies.  With the help of my father, who put in some solid work while keeping strong hold of his advisory role, we assembled the...


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