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  1. #101
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    Thanks! I have a buddy that lives near Lancaster and regularly drives back to western PA. I'll have him stop....he owes me a favor anyways. ha. I see Fillmore sells those 1.7oz little bottles also at a good price. I've been looking for them to give to friends and coworkers to try.

    I'll have to plan a visit after I wrap up my syrup season. I usually wrap up earlier than you guys (too many hobbies to continue very far into March).

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    You must be talking about these jars:

    https://www.fillmorecontainer.com/r0...ct-1-12oz.html

    They'd make great wedding favors!
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    yeah....those are them. everywhere i've seen them, they end up costing to much to justify filling them up and giving them away to friends. fillmore prices are pretty good on these.

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    We had 300 gallons of sap Wednesday. Boiled it all which sweetened the pans and made a couple gallons syrup. Probably upper end of amber. Had a bunch of company over also. May host a 4H club Sunday. Went and saw the neighbors Mason 2X3 yesterday. It looks nice for the beginner. I gave some advice on bricking and stack. Will be able to see a boil soon. We've been into almonds lately. Made a pound of coated nuts and some almond butter with syrup tonight. We need some warm weather. Looks like the big one coming in a few days! Good luck!
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    Glad to hear u guys boiling to the south!! Completely froze solid up here. 7 last night 20 today 11 tonight. No warm up till sunday and even then not sure how I'm gonna thaw anything out to get to boiling. Need to get some electric to my shack!!!

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    Folks,
    We are froze up too. And with a cold sugarhouse its time to takes stock and get some rest for the big week long run next week. If you can believe the forecast it may run every day for a week! If that would happen I would be done before the first of March! Well the wood would be gone. We will see. Might be good to go see some other sugarhouses too?
    Scott and I helped neighbor Keith get some details wrapped up in the woods and sugarhouse. He and Bonnie made some nice amber syrup and are on their way for the season! Thanks Scott!
    We are starting to market Golden Delicate with a spin towards the process and mother nature. Going to be interesting. It has been one of the coldest syrup seasons for start up that I can remember.
    Yes we have a cold un-insulated sugarhouse. We have had ICE in the sap containers almost every time we gathered. Many fits and starts. Sap has been excellent as the weather has been cold. Several times we have had ICE in the evaporator pans too! Several times we have had to build a small FIRE in the King arch to keep things from freezing to tight.

    If you can figure out the new marketing tool for the GD syrup you win the prize. Here are some clues:


    You may start to see a theme here:


    Here are the samples from each of the 7 firings where we made 2020 syrup:


    I had friends pick up a 2020 grading kit from WIggers, in Clymer NY, today for me and checked the syrup we have made.


    FYI I have a 2014 kit that was one of the bad ones and it has way to light of Golden Delicate in it. This new one is much better. And our syrup is lighter than the GD in the kit.

    Regards,
    Chris
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  7. #107
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    Been tapped in for a few weeks but I've had a sick kid for a lot of that time. Still have managed to gather about 140 gallons from 22 taps so for me I'm doing good. The RO machine my husband built has been so useful!

    Quote Originally Posted by sbedilion View Post
    Thanks! I have a buddy that lives near Lancaster and regularly drives back to western PA. I'll have him stop....he owes me a favor anyways. ha. I see Fillmore sells those 1.7oz little bottles also at a good price. I've been looking for them to give to friends and coworkers to try.

    I'll have to plan a visit after I wrap up my syrup season. I usually wrap up earlier than you guys (too many hobbies to continue very far into March).
    How are things working out with the new high school behind you? Are you still tapping trees on the property?

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