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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Southern VT

    Default One of New England's Oldest Families Back at it.

    I'm a direct descendant of John Porter who settled in Salem, MA in 1635. He established the first sawmill in that area and fought against the witch trial madness. He had a large farm as well. Many of his decendants, including my own great grandfather and grandfather were farmers and sugarmakers from Massachusetts up to the Canadian Maritimes. I will soon join that legacy with my own family sugarbush in southern VT. I've lived in central VT for the better part of the last 20 years. Went to school there. Met my wife there. Had kids born in VT. Now we will be working the land and diving into the full-time operations of our sugarhouse and apiary ....soon!

    I love this forum and the stories I've read so far.

    Many cheers to you all!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    Welcome Faewood, glad to have you aboard.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, downsized after I lost my help, about 450-500 planned for 2021 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Warren, MA


    Welcome! Awesome bunch of people here. They have helped me a lot!
    2016 - 2 x 4 Randy Worthen built arch and pans (just starting out!) 11 taps; 2.625 gallons of syrup!
    2017 - 29 taps; 11.625 gallons of syrup!
    2018 - 30 taps; 98 pints bottled! 2x4 Arch and pans sold! New sugar house being built, new equipment coming!
    2019 - 125 taps; 50 gallons made! New 2x6 Smoky Lake Corsair arch, drop flue pan, auto draw. Smoky Lake filter press and Steam Bottler

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, Underhill Ctr, VT


    Welcome! Consider joining the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association if you wish to be part of that community. www.vermontmaple.org
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr

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    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Murrysville, Pennsylvania


    Very interesting posts here. I also am a direct descendant of some of the oldest families in America (Phelps, Porter, Battles).
    William Phelps landed in what is now Dorchester MA in 1630 aboard the Mary & John ship from England. He helped found Dorchester and later Windsor, CT. Family line is William Phelps -> Capt. Timothy Phelps -> Timothy Phelps -> Cornelius Phelps -> Silvenas Phelps -> Zerviah (Phelps) Porter -> Arethusa (Porter) Battles -> Alexander Seth Battles -> Oscar A Battles -> Marguerite Elizabeth (Battles) Roseum -> Lawrence L Roseum -> Roger L Roseum -> Daniel L Roseum

    The family has been active in sugaring for generations upon generations. I have a picture of Oscar Battles sugarhouse posted here:

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    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Caledon, Ontario


    My husband's family began its history in North America aboard "The Fortune" which landed in Plymouth on November 9, 1621. Unfortunately "The First Thanksgiving" had taken place a few weeks before so they only got cold, lousy turkey leftovers - and not a microwave or propane BBQ in sight! The horror.
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples

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