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  1. Thanks. More woodpeckers here than I've ever...

    Thanks. More woodpeckers here than I've ever seen. Yes,the sap suckers made little holes all aroynd the trunk. We have the pileated here also. And about every kind you can think of. The tree had...
  2. Sugar maple damage from sap suckers

    When we moved here I found grubs of some kind in the holes in trunk. We have lots of woodpeckers. Over tge winter this is what happened. Trees had been trimmed last summer because of power lunes and...
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    I second that. Have a nice day everyone

    I second that. Have a nice day everyone
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    Mant years ago we bpught a brand new Half Punt ...

    Mant years ago we bpught a brand new Half Punt
    We both worked,so this was just dabbling in making some syrup. Never imaginwd we had so many maples on our place. 15 acres just in the back woods....
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    All done for this year

    It's 69 degrees and overcast. Ron finished th e last of the canning. Ended up with 1 gallon. Better than nothing. Has a good color and taste. Beginning on yard work. Lots of leaves left over.
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    We got ours when the Hanna meter first came out....

    We got ours when the Hanna meter first came out. Love it.
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    The end in upstate NY

    Ron will pull the taps. We had snow yesterday. It's 42 degrees right now at 12:30. Not anything happening. I guess this is it. Syrup this year at least has color and flavor. I threw down compost last...
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    Fort Plain.. Our front lawn trees are about done....

    Fort Plain.. Our front lawn trees are about done. Even in this cold wind buds are beginning. Bright sun today. Ron very dissapointed in such a short season. I'm encouraging him to let them go a few...
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    Ron is still hoping for a few more days. Real...

    Ron is still hoping for a few more days. Real iffy. 10 taps. Have 65 gallons so far at 2%. Looks like a good day today. High winds for around 1 pm. Was 20 here last night. Syrup at least has some...
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    Redneck syrup filter

    Ron decided to make his new syrup filter contraption. Cut the bottom out of a bucket. Used one of my stainless canning pots,put that in another bucket. Put the bucket with bottom out and put that on...
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    We have used the coffe urns for several years....

    We have used the coffe urns for several years. Even when we had our 500 tap farm. Temp just keeps it hot enough to bottle. Won't boil it. Makes bottling nice and easy
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    This year's first syrup

    It took 42 1/2 gallons of sap at 2% to make 3. 1/2 qts. Of beautiful golden. It tastes like a smooth vanilla. The lawn trees did good. Hoping for many more days of the sap running.Used our Hanna meter
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    Ron has tapped our 4 trees. Our friends red maple...

    Ron has tapped our 4 trees. Our friends red maple didn't do anything,so pulled it. Buckets are full right now. So far boiled 15 gallons. Very light like last year. At least it's giving him something...
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    High winds and an empty bucket

    Ron had some sap coming in yesterday. Wanted to wait until this morning to empty. Looked out there before it was light. Lost about 2 gallons when the wind took the whole thing out of the tree....
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    Montgomery county,NY

    Ron finally tapped here in upstae NY!. 9 taps in the front yard trees. Been so cold and snow on the ground.
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    Since we left the farm and our 500 taps on...

    Since we left the farm and our 500 taps on vacuum...Ron taps our lawn trees. He got a propane fish fryer and it works good. He can have a wood fired set up,but he would be outside and not a good idea...
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    Getting impatient

    Down to our last 2 pints of last years front lawn syrup!. Ron blending with our dark from the farm. At this point we will just make it....ughhhhh
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    Most stores sell this junk. I posted pics before....

    Most stores sell this junk. I posted pics before. People REALLY do NOT know the difference. I volunteer at our co op. I try to explain. Only those that care to listen will do so. The shop carried...
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    Great to hear you and Dave are dpung so good....

    Great to hear you and Dave are dpung so good. Congratulations!. Be careful out there on thpse slopes!. Ron will be tapping asap. We are down to 2 pints of front lawn syrup and blending with our farm...
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    Always amazed when we're out and I ask if it's...

    Always amazed when we're out and I ask if it's real maple syrup. "Of course". Gag. Guess not. I really think most people think that fake stuff is real.
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    Emergency sump pump power

    After living off grid 20 years this has been a strange adjustment. Easy to start using more power. Switched out all pur lights right away. New energy efficient appliaces when we remodeled. Our sump...
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    Our hoard running low

    Down to just 6 qts of our farm syrup. That rich dark flavor our trees produced. We've been mixing it with our front lawn trees. No flavor and so light. Ron will be out there hanging buckets. Our only...
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    Maple syrup

    I began volunteering at the village co op last month. I'm enjoying it. Real busy little place. Great selection and prices. A guy we know sells his syrup there. I'm getting to help customers...
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    The countdown begins

    Well our syrup supply is getting low. This is our first batch from our village trees. Ron has been blending it with the last of our farm reserve. We miss the farm something awful. Trying to come to...
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    The remaking of our village lot

    Well Ron and I survived 1 year here. Last summer so busy painting and cleaning and organizing our stuff. Hard to downsize from a big barn,saphouse,garden shed,etc. To a tiny 1car garage and 2bedroom...
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