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Maple/Birch Tapping

Blog: The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms   -   Thursday March 14, 2013   -   By Alan and Susan

We have been doing workshops here on the farm showing how simple it is to tap maple and birch for your own use...doesn't have to be a large "sugar bush". We show how you can take simple household items for the processing and not have to put money...

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...

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...

Upon Building a Sugaring Shack

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Tuesday September 01, 2009   -   By Chris

There are lots of new things here at the farm.  We're always keeping busy... Work has begun on the Sugar Shack.  We decided that since we really enjoy the outside aspect of sugaring--especially on those sunny late-winter noons--that we'd build...

sugaring season = mud season

Blog: Cloud's Path Farm   -   Saturday April 04, 2009   -   By Sally

We are celebrating mud season by staying up late into the night boiling maple syrup.  This is our second year with our hobby size sugaring operation and it is getting bigger and sweeter this year.  For every gallon of syrup it is said to take 40...

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...

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...


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

It seems like our farm grows a bit more by the day.  Last week, we had a conversation about sugaring with some folks who have 100 acres on the opposite side of town.  Yesterday afternoon found us setting 50 taps in their pristine sugar...

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...

A Grandfather's Painting

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Friday February 20, 2009   -   By Chris

Here is a photo that my Uncle sent me after I mentioned one of my Grandfather's paintings in a previous post.  I am not sure when he painted this one, but the one below of him actually painting is from 1963.  I imagine that Grandpa painted the snowy...

Making Sugar: Part Two

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday February 18, 2009   -   By Chris

It's back into the woods to start gathering sap.  It's been still pretty cold at night--it got down to 10 here last night--but the sun is doing its work during the day and there is sap to be gathered.  Here's Liev making his way across our smaller...

Maple Sugaring Commences!

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Tuesday February 17, 2009   -   By Chris

For the past two days we have been trekking back and forth from the woods, hauling in planks to get across small brooks, hauling in tapping supplies, and hauling back our two children when they are finally ready to go inside. We have a series of photos to...

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