Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanks for loving our syrup!

We are officially SOLD OUT of product for the year.  We thank our syrup-loving customers and hope to see you back next year.  We typically have our new season's syrup in bottles ready-for-sale by May 1.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Syrup is running low......

We will be at the Monticello Farmers Market on Thursday, 9/15, 3:30-6:30 and tentatively on 9/22 (pending supply).
We will be at the Buffalo Farmers Market on Saturday, 9/17 8-Noon and tentatively on 9/24 (pending supply).
We will be at the Maple Grove Farmers Market on Thursday, 9/15, 3-7 and Thursday, October 6, 3-6  and tentatively October 20 (pending supply).
Thanks for your patronage at our markets this Summer!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bottled and Ready to Go....

We got this year's syrup in bottles over the weekend, and finished clean-up.  We ended the season with just under 200 gallons of finished syrup (last year was 206), and are pleased considering the strange bump of warmth in March that had us wondering if there'd even be a maple season.  Take some time this Summer and visit a local Farmers market to check out the locally grown produce, etc.  We'll have presence at Buffalo, Monticello, and Maple Grove markets.

This is our 'bottling station.'  The syrup runs from the back stainless pan through a filter press into the front stainless pan, which has a spigot at each corner for filling bottles. We had three bottlers for most of the weekend (1 had to step away to take the photo).

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Darn. Too cold again today

No collecting today, therefore no cooking tonight. Bummer.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Trees gone wild......buckets overflowing!

April fools!  Either it didn't freeze last night, or the day is just shy of being warm-enough for the trees to turn-on. We will not be collecting today and will not be cooking at the Shak tonight.

Will the trees run today?

Good question.  We haven't collected since Tuesday because the nights have been warm this week. TheWeatherChannel and Accuweather said it DID freeze last night, but there wasn't any frost this morning so we're not sure what today will hold. We'll update later today.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Break over Easter!

It was nice!  We did NOT collect or cook on Easter Sunday, wonderful! Hope you enjoyed your day as well. The trees ran today, but are still running at a good clip, so we'll collect in the morning instead of this afternoon. We made this decision because when they do stop it may be for a few days or for the season.  Planning our collecting energy accordingly :)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cooking on Easter Eve

We'll clean the stove at the Shak at 3:00, go out to the woods collecting at 4:00, and then back at the Shak for more cooking tonight.  Our friend who's 85 (making syrup since he was 9) says you're ALWAYS cooking on Easter.  If Easter is early, then the maple season is early.  If Easter is late, it seems the maple season is late as well. Proves true this year.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Caught up, but cooking tonight.......

We're caught-up with cooking what we've collected this week, but today will be a big collecting day. We'll be cooking this evening!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Catching-up on Cooking

Yesterday we collected close to 800 gallons so we've got the stove going today to get ready for what could be a few big days coming-up. It seems the trees like EASTER every year :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Big week....

Yesterday's total was 1,040 gallons (we had to go back this morning and pick-up what we didn't have room for last night). The remainder of the week looks awesome too! Here's a quick video of the stove last night.

Monday, March 21, 2016

They don't run any faster........

Take a look at this happy tree yesterday.....the sap doesn't run any faster! And a perfect 10-day forecast with freezing nights, warm days and some rain/snow in the picture. Looks like there will be a 2016 maple season after all. We were worried Mother Nature had skipped it this year.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The trees were happy with the first day of SPRING

The trees celebrated the First Day of Spring by producing very close to 900 gallons today. Spring has Sprung! The upcoming week looks like fantastic Maple Syrup weather, and the Shak will be a busy place.

GREAT collecting day....

We had trees with overflowing buckets at 10:30 this morning.  It's going to be a BIG collecting day and the stove will definitely be cooking.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


One cold night, and the trees starting running again!  We collected 500 gallons today. We'll be at the Shak tonight!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Darn! Still too chilly.

The trees were 'chilled' again today I guess.  No action in the woods or at the Shak tonight.  Fingers crossed for a warmer day tomorrow.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Needed the SUN......

I think the trees could have ran today if the SUN had peeked out, but it didn't.  So it was a little too chilly for action.  We're still hopeful for the next week-10 days!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Steady temps.......

It looks like our temperatures are gonna stick around 50 for the next several days so we don't expect the trees to run with no freezing at night.  But, starting next Weds-Thurs the nights are cool again with chances of SNOW moving in! It's not over yet!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

There's SAP to collect today......

We just checked the trees and they are running!  We'll collect this evening and get the stove going by 8 tonight.  Don't forget to set your clocks ahead before bed:)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thankful they're running!

It's only 10:30 am and the trees are running.  Whew!  We can tell by the maple tree outside our kitchen window which is running crazy from a broken limb.  We'll definitely be cooking at the Shak tonight!  Stop up.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hopeful for trees to run Friday!

We were so hoping today would have been a GREAT collecting day.....A quick check at noon and again around 5 proved not!  Let's hope for a good run tomorrow, Friday.  These trees are soooo temperamental.  As of right now, we have NOTHING to cook.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cooking this Weekend

Today we collected about 250 gallons.  It doesn't look like the trees will run tomorrow (Wednesday), but Thursday and Friday look like they could be great days!  We'll be at the Shak this weekend.

Unseasonably warm.......

We had a great day yesterday, collecting 800+ gallons!  We'll go out again this afternoon, but we're not real sure what to expect because it didn't freeze last night.  It has happened before where it stayed warm all night and the trees ran through the night.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sapping 2016 is upon us!

It's that time again.....and I'm not referring to the Presidential campaign debates! Our weather has prompted us into 'ON' mode for tapping our Maple Trees.

We got our trees tapped this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and our first day of collecting was today with 650 gallons! Not bad for a first day. So tonight is 'test-mode' at the Shak, making sure we're ready!

We are a tiny-bit worried, admittedly, about our Spring conditions. There is NO snow in the woods!  The ground in the woods is still frozen, but there is no typical insulation blanket (snow) to protect us from this unusually warm week that is forecasted. Typically, we'd feel confident with this warm spell coming that the snow in the woods will keep the trees from realizing it's Spring...but this year warm is warm.  No insulation.  2016 may be a 'quick season.'  We'll see.