“Perseverance and what you learn along the way…priceless.”
2018 - More taps, more tubing, more snow!! This year we were busy preparing inside the sugarhouse almost as much as we were outside. We have a "new to us" H2O evaporator that barely fit through the door! We sold our 2 1/2' x 8' wood fired evaporator and now have a 6' x 16' oil fired one. We bought it from a fellow sugar maker and watched them work with it at their sugarhouse. This was helpful to us while we learned to run it at our sugarhouse! Everything went smoothly and now the R. O. runs a few hours before we fire our new one up! The time we saved not cutting and splitting firewood, was spent outside putting up more tubing and taps on two new leases. This year we had approximately 3200 taps and we were able to harvest about 65% of our crop in about eight weeks. Our finished syrup total was 720 gallons. We started boiling at the end of February. By the end of March, we had no snow for the Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend and the fifth grade field trip. Then, April arrived. With it, came 18" of snow in the beginning and just for good measure another 30" in mid April. By the time the final snow melted we were done boiling. As always we are greatful for the blessing of this crop and the opportunities that come from it. Now it's time to sell it all! Thank you to our "farm supporters"...we are thankful for all of you! Remember, we love to share the farm with you so call or stop by!
2019 - Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” These words are so true! Seasons and time pass day by day and become memories we treasure. Let’s start with the maple season. In February we tapped the trees in snow shoes because of the snow depth. We had a great year yielding higher sugar content and lots of sap. This was our second year on our big evaporator and it worked well. The R.O. worked hard to keep up with it. We boiled over 1,000 taps of our own, plus we bought sap from individuals again. Our season began on March 15 and lasted until April 12. It was a solid month of work with only two days of not boiling! Overall, we ended our season with 1,535 gallons of syrup! Michigan Maple Weekend was also a success. The weather was ideal and we had a great time with those who visited us at the sugarhouse. Since the end of the season, we have been working on our commercial kitchen and hope to have it completed soon. As far as the other “matters under heaven”, we are SO proud to announce our daughter Jillian’s high school graduation. She graduated fourth in her class with honors! Her plans are to attend Lake Michigan College in the fall to study and become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Our prayer for her is continued success in her education and a faithful life to God wherever she may go. We will miss her (and her help) very much! Our son Evan has changed his major in college to Secondary Education and will now be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall. Nathan and I are officially empty nesters. We will look forward to the remaining “seasons” of life and the visits we can share with our children. Meanwhile, check out our summer schedule of events on our “Contact Us” page. Or as always, meet us at the farm. We have LOTS of maple syrup and maple products for you. See you soon!