Sugaring

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The 2021 season went well

With the help of good friends and a short but cooperating bit of weather, the 2021 season went well.

Volume-wise we had a shade over 400 taps in the field across our maple and walnut trees...and collected 3,300 gallons of sap which resulted in 52 gallons of finished syrup. 

The new equipment all worked well and the learning curves were actually fun to work thru. The powered filter press saved a lot of ibuprofen and the jacketed canner was really great to work with as each batch was wrapping up. And most importantly, the new larger RO machine performed flawlessly making the whole production process more efficient.

 

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This year we were able to make a small batch of walnut syrup. It's a favorite of ours and has a well-deserved local following. This year's batch was actually a bit of a blend of maple and walnut...with the emphasis on walnut for sure. Yes - it's stiill a real challenge to "finish". The production process is the same...but the final filtering effort is a fair amount of work. To help with the collection process this year we designed and built a solar refreshed battery powered pumping station to help us draw sap from a good grove of walnut trees standing on level ground. So while it takes some special equipment in the field and the filtering process is a bit of a pain, we think it's worth the effort and will go for another run of it next year. 

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As the traditional season closed out we were also able to process a very nice batch of our Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. We started this batch back in the fall so that the aging prcess would be wrapping up as the traditional syrup season closed out and the timing was good.

So - thanks for your support thru the season and we hope you've enjoyed following along this season. As you know, due to lingering Covid concerns we had to limit our traditional open house events this year - but we're already looking forward to seeing you in 2022. It'll be here before we know it!

Check out the Products section of the website to learn where you can purchase a bit of the "sweet life" and thanks again for following along and supporting Springboro Tree Farms.