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Record Setting Week

03/16/2019 | Posted by jake |

What an amazing five days to really kick off the season! We made almost 2000 gallons of syrup this week and had three different record breaking days (525 and 665 gallons of syrup made, 25,000 gallons of sap hauled). During this period one of our Busch vacuum pumps sucked sap, seized up, and had to rebuilt at 4AM. One of our pumphouse doors was inadvertently left open during the previous cold spell leaving ~150 gallons of ice that had to be removed manually before collecting new sap. A separate Busch pump also had to be exchanged right before the run due to a worn bearing and gearbox seal leak, but the replacement purred and maintained 95% of its rated vacuum level all week. Today is a well earned day off before next weeks runs, tonight’s freeze should re-energize more sap flow!

Maple cheesecake

03/16/2019 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |

In honor of Jake’s birthday today, I made a maple cheesecake with graham cracker base, a recipe I found in one of our several maple cookbooks. It was a hit!

Record Day

03/12/2019 | Posted by jake |

What a day we had yesterday, we made 525 gallons of syrup! We had to call it quits with 15,000 gallons of unprocessed sap left, we were just too exhausted to haul, concentrate, and boil another 250 gallons worth of syrup. Fortunately it froze overnight and the sap won’t run much today, giving us a breather to catchup since Wednesday/Thursday/Friday should bring in even more sap!

Maple Bacon Beer?!

02/20/2019 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |

Abjuration Brewing, a nano-brewery in the Pittsburgh, PA area, has just announced a new beer that they used our maple syrup to brew! It’s a maple bacon imperial stout, measuring at 11% abv. Check out their facebook page to learn more!

Cold day in the woods

01/25/2019 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |
Despite the sun coming out, it was cold in the woods today! Nessie was lucky enough to get carried back to the house after work.
 
When the water in your camelback freezes, what is your stance?
A) It’s too cold to work outside!
B) Water is for the weak
C) Eat some snow and keep working

Featured display

01/24/2019 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |
We are excited to have the opportunity to be featured in Marquette’s “customer cube” at their Park Avenue location in Meadville, PA. With their help, we have been able to turn a hobby into a business and dreams into reality! We have had a wonderful experience with this bank and their staff. If you’re local, stop in to see them (and our display😁) today!
 

NYE cocktail idea

12/31/2018 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |

What will you be drinking this New Year’s Eve? We did some experimenting and came up with a Maple-tini recipe that we wanted to share with you.

3 shots of this delicious maple cream liquor that was given to us as a gift (they must think we like maple or something)

1 shot of RumChata

1 shot of vodka

For a finishing touch, we rimmed the glass with maple sugar

 

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