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    Default Covid 19 increases syrup demand

    Based on the last 2 months I'm beginning to think more people are staying home and eating meals that use pure maple syrup. The last 2 months have been my best Feb and Mar since I first sold syrup in 2003. Is anyone else seeing this too? Those 2 months have been over double what the same time period were in any other year, not counting Maple Weekend sales (which are not happening this year). In fact this year has been better than even years with Maple Weekend except one. I'm not complaining, just observing the trend.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
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    I am a small producer selling enough to cover the costs of production. I have sold enough so far to cover about a third of my costs. If and when the farmers markets get started I hope to make enough to buy all the supplies I need for next year. I do sell to 1 local grocery store and his sales have been very good so far, may be a result of people cooking at home now. Although I would like to think it's the great product.

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    I agree. Folks are home and cooking


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    My wife got quite a chuckle the other day... Reading an article about things to do while on Covid isolation.. One of the suggestions was to "learn a heritage skill, such as cooking or baking"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmick View Post
    My wife got quite a chuckle the other day... Reading an article about things to do while on Covid isolation.. One of the suggestions was to "learn a heritage skill, such as cooking or baking"...

    Sounds like feeding oneself is becoming a heritage skill!
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    Might be a good year to learn some gardening skills too.

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    I know the media is encouraging people to support take out. I would never think of eating anything someone else made at this point. Are the people preparing the food in good health?....Nope, we'll suffer at home with my cooking. Glad we had the back yard rototilled. Saves mowing. Hopefully this encourages folks to start putting in gardens and getvan idea of where food comes from. Using our syrup on alot of stuff. Tons of recipes on Pintrist.

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    I believe I sold more this Feb/Mar. than any other year too. I don't keep track on paper
    but in my head it seems people have really been carrying it off.
    I do self serve at the house and up until yesterday when the Gov shut Pennsylvania down
    I was always replenishing my cabinet. We'll see what the weekend brings, when the cabin folk start showing up.
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    neighbor bringing from 45 taps

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    I sell from the house, by appointment only (this year). The customer calls and places the order. Then I instruct them to call again when they get to my driveway. At that point I set the syrup on the steps and have them place an envelope in my mailbox with the cash or check. They do and after they leave, I use nitrile gloves and get the envelope. In the house, the envelope is sprayed with a virucidal spray, turned and sprayed again. We don't even open the envelope until a week has passed. We then open it with gloves and spray the cash or check, both sides and let it set until fully dry. A paper is set by each envelope with the amount due and the customer's license plate number. So far no issues.
    Because of our age and the fact that my wife's white cell count is extremely low since she had Chemo and Radiation back in 2007 we have to be extra careful. There is no way she would survive if she got the virus.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    we put our mail, newspaper and cash or checks received in the oven 275 degrees for 10 minutes.
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