So for the second weekend in a row, we are not going to be able to boil because Mother Nature is still sleeping at the wheel! Although today is in the 40′s, tomorrow is back in the 30′s again. We are hoping to be able to boil next weekend. Please check back for updates, keeping our fingers crossed!
Are you sure it’s March? I mean really, really sure? Because for some reason Mother Nature is taking her sweet time getting the weather warmed up for spring this year. We were hoping to have our first boil this weekend (March 1), but unfortunately there is no sap to boil yet. It is still snuggled within the branches of the trees, stuck in its winter slumber, frozen. In looking at the 10 day forecast, not only will we be unable to boil this weekend, we will be unable to boil next weekend as well. I can’t tell you how very disappointing this is! As so many of you know, we need daytime temps in the 40′s and overnights below freezing for the sticky sweet goodness to come dripping out of the trees. So we will continue to wait…patiently.
For those of you who have contacted us for tours, we cannot commit to any dates just yet as we simply cannot predict when the weather will change to more normal weather patterns. We are hoping to be up and running by the weekend of March 15, but we just don’t know. In the decade that we have been doing this we have never started the season this late!
Please stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed (and toes too!) that the weather will turn warm soon! Hoping to squeeze a few weekends out of this season…time will tell!
The 2014 season is right on our heels – this year went by so fast! Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for some cold weather over the next 4 weeks. We don’t need below zero, we just need below freezing so the sap will be sugar-rich come the beginning of March.
Planning for March 1 is well underway, and there is much to do over the next month. We will be running our tubing during the weekends of February 15 and February 22, and tapping during the week of February 24 so we can be boiling by the weekend of March 1. We have some work in the sugar house to prep our equipment and make any needed repairs – lots to do and so little time!
During December, Farmer Paul & Farmer Kathy both started new jobs. This will, unfortunately, affect our availability for hosting tours during the week. So this year we will need to do things a bit differently, and hopefully we will be able to accommodate all requests. On days during the week when we are boiling, the earliest tour time will be 6pm. Tours last about an hour, so hopefully this will still work for everyone. We will also extend our weekend hours every Saturday and Sunday to 9-6, and can schedule groups during the evening hours after that. Last year we had over 3,600 visitors during March for tours – our biggest year yet! We are hoping to get a similar turnout this year.
As the season gets closer we will post updates here and on our Facebook page, so please check back often. It is easier to update Facebook, so you might want to check there first.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time if you have a group of over 20. If your group is smaller than that then you can drop in any weekend. If you would like to come during the week in the evening (6pm or later), or on a weekend after our normal hours, please email us and we will do our best to accommodate.
Wow what a season. We made just over 100 gallons of maple syrup which is good (average), but where we really had success is in the number of visitors that came to see us during the month of March. Over the course of nights and weekends (and a few vacation days here and there) we had exactly 3,600 visitors out for free tours to learn about the history, math, science and process around making maple syrup. That is a new record, beating the old one by over 1,000 people.
We want to thank everyone for supporting local agriculture and especially our little farm!!
We are in the process of cleaning up now. Lots of washing to do and it will span into May. And we are glad we are presented with a glorious Spring. It is also back to our normal lives (depending on what you call normal), with jobs and kids and other charities that we support. We love maple, but we are always happy to get our lives back.
But just because maple season is over doesn’t mean you can’t still get some goodies. If you need anything (syrup, cream, candy or sugar) you can drop us a line via email (email@example.com) and we would be happy to coordinate a pickup.
We update our Facebook page much more often than our website, so if you are looking to keep up to date with what we are doing please like our Fan Page… https://www.facebook.com/turtlelanemaplefarm
Farmer Paul and Farmer Kathy
What an amazing season we have had this year!! Given the weather this week, we are able to do tours for one additional weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, March 30 & 31, we will be boiling and hosting tours from 9am – 4pm. This is our last weekend so please swing by if you want to learn a little, taste a little and have a fun time! Hope to see you!