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    Strategic supply or no, I'm raising my price this...

    Strategic supply or no, I'm raising my price this year. Glass has gone up, fuel, electricity, and food too. Firewood can't be far behind and labor is more difficult than ever. It's a luxury product,...
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    A fascinating thread that got really big, really...

    A fascinating thread that got really big, really fast. Thank you for all your hard work. The accounting gets over my head pretty quickly, so it's good that somebody (else) is doing the work.
    My own...
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    Gravity never fails...never.

    Gravity never fails...never.
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    You won't have to thin many of them though....

    You won't have to thin many of them though. Seedlings like that will drop out from crowding, especially in a dry year, and half of them will disappear just about every year until there are only a few...
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    Here in Northern New York (St. Lawrence County)...

    Here in Northern New York (St. Lawrence County) our sugar content was pretty much normal. The thing that was abnormal was that we had a bunch of really hot weather only three weeks into the season....
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    It's snowing out there, and a perfect day to sit...

    It's snowing out there, and a perfect day to sit down and write. I sent an email letter to Elise Stefanik, Kristin Gillabrand, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, Bernie Sanders, the St. Lawrence County...
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    My only thought is that they built that fence...

    My only thought is that they built that fence over a deep snow drift or brush pile. I can remember tapping one year in really deep snow, and taking down the lines later cause they were 6 or 7 feet...
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    I'm interested to hear what people had for their...

    I'm interested to hear what people had for their yield per tap. Mine was about 1 pint of syrup per tap this year.
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    Disaster Relief

    This year is one for the books...in a negative way. A late start, and some unseasonably warm weather two weeks later made for a season worse than we have ever seen. Most producers in my area are...
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    Jeepers peepers!! I think it's over. Beginning to...

    Jeepers peepers!! I think it's over. Beginning to end in 20 days is a record. You have to wonder if this is the end of an entire industry. Climate change is gonna suck, and we just don't know how yet.
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    This warm spell is looking more and more like it...

    This warm spell is looking more and more like it might last for 10 months. The big trees in the yard have budded, the peepers were heard a few nights ago, and the buds on the lilac are opening. This...
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    I boiled through and finished the last of what I...

    I boiled through and finished the last of what I had yesterday. The tanks have all been flushed with water and the evaporator is full of water too. If it gets cold tonight, we may see it start up...
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    It's a good place to start a discussion, and...

    It's a good place to start a discussion, and indeed we are comparing apples to oranges, and probably to coconuts as well. I keep pretty careful track of everything...gallons of sap, % of sugar...
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    Turned 540 gallons of sap into 13.25 gallons of...

    Turned 540 gallons of sap into 13.25 gallons of lovely dark syrup, which is good money, but what a long day. It was 82 degrees in the sugarhouse all day with all the doors and windows wide open. I've...
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    I'm looking at this weather forecast and just...

    I'm looking at this weather forecast and just shaking my head. I see only one more below-freezing night, and then warm for the next 8 days. I got my first sap on the 10th, and if this is all over by...
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    A couple cold days brought everything to a halt...

    A couple cold days brought everything to a halt around here. Gathered from partially frozen buckets yesterday and threw out the ice, which gave me sap at 4%. I've got more to gather this morning but...
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    We brought in 350 gallons from the 1st 200...

    We brought in 350 gallons from the 1st 200 buckets. It was only 2% and It took nearly 300 gallons to get to the first draw. I have 500 buckets out there now...all frozen solid.
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    Start with hot water and dish detergent, just...

    Start with hot water and dish detergent, just like in the home kitchen. I don't sanitize buckets like we do glassware. If buckets get old and uncleanable, they are "retired" to the garden shed for...
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    But don't worry...it's not inflation.

    But don't worry...it's not inflation.
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    Started tapping on the 9th and found only one or...

    Started tapping on the 9th and found only one or two trees seeping. On the 10th, nearly every tree had sap. Finished tapping yesterday on the 11th and will go back to the beginning to see what the...
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    So I'm not an engineer or anything, but I think a...

    So I'm not an engineer or anything, but I think a red stack is just wasted heat. Heating the liquid is what we're after here, and it seems to me that there should more heat transferred to the liquid...
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    Well will you look at that! I made it to the next...

    Well will you look at that! I made it to the next season and I'm only two years older. Got my second vaccination a few days ago and feel like a load has been lifted from my shoulders. Those few...
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    Might as well take down the tubing and throw it...

    Might as well take down the tubing and throw it right into the fire.
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    I found a "milk-house" sink at the scrap yard. It...

    I found a "milk-house" sink at the scrap yard. It has two big round bottomed tubs and is big enough to wash and rinse two or three sap buckets at a time. I built a frame to support it and drain...
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    I have 500 buckets, and buy a few more every year...

    I have 500 buckets, and buy a few more every year to replace some that have outlived their usefulness. Rust probably isn't good, not because iron is toxic or anything, but I'd worry about imparting a...
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