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    We have been showing the sugaring operation to a few people, and have had some inquiries already, thanks to Maple Trader. It's a hard place to let go of, but we hope that whoever ends up buying it will use it for sugaring!
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    Illegitimati non carborundum

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    Great video! What's the price on the land? Skidder come with it?

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    Yes Great video Revi, I may check it out tomorrow while I'm in the area, OK? Had a great surprise visit from Hambone and his wife here in the Mts, they where checking their camp and going right by my driveway. So I showed them my modest operation and basically the whole property. I'm closing down, but still boiling for my younger brother. I went over my best, 8+ gallons. The sap is turning color and taste, I've been tapped since Jan 27th Enough!! I will post the break down in a day or so.
    16 x 24 Sugar Shack
    2 Turkey Burners
    416 Cat Backhoe
    2000? Artic Cat
    Homemade R.O. and Vacuum System
    84 Taps in all

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    Get a diffrent wife and keep sugaring! Priorities!!!
    Salisbury Sugarworks,,Parker Rowe, and friends
    Salisbury, N.H.
    1988 taps in 09
    over 2500 on vac in 2010
    no buckets in 2010
    2815 taps in 2011
    shooting for 3000 in 2012
    4000 taps? In 2014
    5x16 wood fired "Mighty Marvin"
    50 cords in the shed
    Old, old R.O.
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    How about you switch from sugarbush to coffee finca? We could set something up as an exchange like a sugar house - coffee house partnership!

    I spent two summers in Xela. Enjoy your time in Guatemala and good luck with the sale. It sounds ideal.

    Sean
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    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    Definitely, check it out! It's right on a paved road, so park and walk around if you want! 1 Burrill Hill Road, Skowhegan. Sorry, the skidder wasn't ours. We just had it parked there while we were doing a cut. There is a lot of good wood on the property, because the first cut 10 years ago was to get the junk out. The price is $83,000, which is a pretty good price considering the sum of the parts. 40 for the land, 25 for the shack, 5 for the evaporator and 13 grand worth of stumpage not counting maples. There a really nice woodyard. The maples have been lightly tapped, so it would yield a lot more than we have time for if a small vacuum was installed. There are over 500 taps possible now, and maybe more in the future.
    Last edited by Revi; 04-04-2016 at 06:47 PM.
    325 taps
    2x6 Phaneuf
    Illegitimati non carborundum

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbkO-NKA9o

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    Default Coffee Finca

    Not a bad idea! I know some people who had a coffee finca near Purulha.
    325 taps
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    Illegitimati non carborundum

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbkO-NKA9o

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parker View Post
    Get a diffrent wife and keep sugaring! Priorities!!!
    My wife is actually okay with it, but I'm retiring in 2 years, and my friend's wife doesn't like him being away so much this time of year. So we'll see. I caught myself looking at a lot and wondering how many maples were on it in the place we're moving to when we retire.
    325 taps
    2x6 Phaneuf
    Illegitimati non carborundum

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbkO-NKA9o

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    I met my neighbor and inspiring mentor, Froggy (Jim Freyenhagen - quite the character study in himself)Froggy.jpg, 19 years ago when he had been tapping the big sugar maples we had at our old farmhouse we had then (and producing well over 300 gallons of syrup from other properties as well & calling it an "awful bad" year!). At that time he had been doing it for quite a while when he was retired from the Coast Guard. He thought he was too old then - calling it a "labor of love", but he's still doing it today - 19 years later!

    Who's "sadly" and "reluctantly" tossing in the towel?! You're far from retiring, if I'm reading you correctly,
    Maine Moonshine
    117 Sugar maples & 60 red maples on 9 acres, buckets, Leader 1/2 pint arch w/36x24 pan
    No shack (...yet??)
    When you start to hear the spring peepers, you know your taps have overstayed their welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revi View Post
    My wife is actually okay with it, but I'm retiring in 2 years, and my friend's wife doesn't like him being away so much this time of year. So we'll see. I caught myself looking at a lot and wondering how many maples were on it in the place we're moving to when we retire.
    Clarification please: is your wife ok with continued sugaring or getting a new wife?

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