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Old Aerial Maps

05/27/2020 | Posted by jake |
Ever wonder what a piece of property use to look like? Penn Pilot has historic aerial images for free! Our farm use to be a very different place, we’ve heard it was a pig farm at one point, the old fields support that!
 
http://www.pennpilot.psu.edu
 

New T-Shirt Colors

05/21/2020 | Posted by jake |
Yesterday we received samples for new t-shirt colors from High Bar Promotions! Right now we carry all sizes of red/blue/green/gray shirts, tell us your favorites is and next time we re-order we’ll get a wider variety!
 
http://novamaple.com/store/
http://www.highbarpromotions.com

Maple Monkey Bread

05/03/2020 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |

Have you had monkey (or pull apart) bread before? We tried making a maple version and it did NOT disappoint! Perfect for a fancy brunch (Mother’s Day is next weekend, hint hint) or as delicious dessert, and it’s not hard to make (only 5 ingredients). It takes 25 minutes in the oven in a bundt pan and is best served warm.

Recipe

  • Pillsbury Grands (1 or 2, depending on how many people you want to feed, adjusting below amounts as needed)
  • A stick of melted butter
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  1. Grease bundt pan and preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix maple sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Melt butter in glass measuring cup or small bowl.
  3. Cut grands into quarters and dip individually into melted butter, then coat in maple sugar/cinnamon before placing into bundt pan.
  4. Pour maple syrup in with excess melted butter, mix, and pour over bundt pan before placing in the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool 5-10 minutes before flipping bundt and dumping onto a serving plate – ENJOY!

Homemade granola

04/01/2020 | Posted by Hailee Leveto |

How many of you stuck at home during this quarantine have found yourself eating more than usual? Here’s a simple but delicious recipe for some homemade granola, perfect for topping some Greek yogurt for a healthy snack. 

Did I say recipe? It’s more of an idea or guideline because you can make this a little bit different each time, based on what you have on hand as well as your own preferences. The mix in the picture includes the following:

  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Slivered almonds
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Some rolled oats
  • A dash of cinnamon 

I mixed all these together with some maple syrup (just enough to coat the mixture, if there’s too much it will pool on your cookie sheet and burn in the oven). Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet (I sprayed mine with some cooking oil) and pop it in the oven at 325°F for 5-10 minutes, checking on it periodically to make sure it doesn’t burn. Once done, store in an airtight container for… I honestly don’t know how long, it generally doesn’t last longer than 4-5 days at our house (but I suppose it depends how big of a batch you make)! Sprinkle generously over your favorite yogurt (I like honey vanilla Greek yogurt) or oatmeal and enjoy!

5th Season Wrapup

03/28/2020 | Posted by jake |

Yesterday wrapped up our fifth season, and while we hoped for another two weeks of production we’re happy to have a much needed break. Great February weather did not continue through March, however we still managed to produce 500 more gallons than last year, continuing our yearly improvement streak. Already looking forward to 2021, this summer we plan on making our operation as efficient, prepared, and failure proof as possible while holding off on new taps and any sugar shack additions. Thank you to all of our workers who made this season possible, it wouldn’t have happened without all of your hard work and dedication!

Calories

03/13/2020 | Posted by jake |

The average adult needs 2000-2500 calories per day to maintain their body weight. There are approximately 12,800 calories in a gallon of maple syrup, almost a weeks worth of energy. Yesterday we bottled 552 gallons fresh off the evaporator, roughly ten years worth of calories. We definitely don’t recommend living off only maple syrup for the next decade, maybe a gallon every two weeks is more realistic?

Record Pace

03/08/2020 | Posted by jake |

What a year it’s been already. Between favorable weather, some incredible employees, all of the experience gained over the last few seasons, and a little luck with equipment not breaking (mostly), we’re on pace for a record year. As of Friday’s boil (1206 gallons made) we’re at 66% of last years crop. With the sap hauled today plus what’s in our tanks/evaporator we estimate we have another 900 gallons worth, which would put us at 85%. Let’s hope this March is like last years and the sap keeps flowing!

RO Room

03/01/2020 | Posted by jake |

We never had a chance to post pictures of our new Reverse Osmosis (RO) room! Our previous room was 65 square feet with a 7′ ceiling, our new one is 200 square feet with 11′ ceilings. Everything about the new setup is an improvement from before, much easier to run/modify and clean. We’ve also added a ninth vessel and replaced three aging membranes with high brix ones. Our sap has been coming in around 1.3-1.5% sugar so far this year, we’ve been sweetening it up to 20% on one pass with the old eight membranes before chilling. This week we’ll experiment going to 25%+ with the extra vessel and new membranes. Next up we may replace one or two more of the other aging membranes and potentially reconfigure the high pressure pumps for more throughput.

Record Day

02/26/2020 | Posted by jake |

Yesterday we broke our daily production record and made 1040 gallons of maple syrup off one boil, that’s 26 drums! We actually had another 300 gallons of syrup worth of sap/concentrate but since our chiller is up and running we decided to call it quits after ten hours of boiling. We’re currently hauling the last of our sap before the upcoming freeze and will boil again later this week. We should make another 700-1000 gallons and should be somewhere between 2200-2500 before March 1st! Check out this time lapse Lauren took from the first few hours

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