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Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2021, Part 5March 22, 2021 in Dave Mance III, Dispatches, March 2021 /by Dave Mance III
The trees opened up yesterday and the sap ran as fast as I’ve ever seen it run. By the end of the day I’d collected 9 loads worth, or almost 7,500 gallons. Sap is crystal clear and the syrup has an exquisite flavor.
Not just a few robins. Hundreds of robins.March 22, 2021 in Ginny's Calendar, March 2021 /by Dave Mance III
Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2021, Part 4March 15, 2021 in Dave Mance III, Dispatches, March 2021 /by Dave Mance III
We made our first syrup of the year on March 10. Dad used a wheeled walker to get out into the sugarhouse, though he suffered from a lack of mud tires. We still use wood to fuel our evaporator, and fire loading is out of the question for him with his injury. He tended the […]
First outdoor lunch; no jackets needed.March 10, 2021 in Ginny's Calendar, March 2021 /by Dave Mance III
Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2021, Part 3March 8, 2021 in Dave Mance III, Dispatches, March 2021 /by Dave Mance III
One marker of a healthy rural economy is the existence of markets for secondary or minor products. If you’re a hardwood sawmill, your business, in theory, is producing furniture-grade boards. But at times the difference between red and black will be markets, or a lack thereof, for mat timbers (disposable beams used in the construction […]
At Work With Vermont EvaporatorMarch 4, 2021 in Dispatches, Maple, March 2021, Patrick White, Uncategorized /by Dave Mance III
When we see the Made in Vermont stamp on an agricultural product, we view it as a badge of quality. We probably know the town where it’s made, and might even know the people who made it. We can assume that it’s produced in relatively small quantities, and can imagine the care that went into […]