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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm reading a book about food history, 'Cuisine and Culture' by Linda Civitello. pg 148 mentions syrup making in North America (by the Indians) 'Women boiled the sap from maple, walnut, hickory, box elder, butternut, birch, and sycamore trees, down to sugar crystals.' anyone ever heard of...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This past week has been perfect weather for the sugar shacks, but most were caught unprepared, as this is so early. I don't expect that spring is here to stay, so they will mostly likely get another shot at it, but it is regrettable when you loose a week of prime weather. Several friends...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I put out a test tap today (North Central Mass) and the sap was flowing well. Temperatures look good for the next week at least, so I think I might get enough sap for a half gallon or so of syrup. Earliest I've ever started.
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Temperatures are good here in North Central Mass and much of mid- and central- New England and across the Midwest. Temps will be above freezing during the day all this week, with overnight lows below freezing and the ground still frozen as well. I'm putting out a test tap today on my highest...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Words cannot express the satisfaction and pride felt when you create something wonderful with your own hands. I have wanted to attempt making maple syrup for many years. Jobs, kids, and forgetfulness have always gotten in the way. This year I remembered at just the right time. My family home...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Can anyone confirm that maple syrup & honey will last at least 10 years in storage ? How about peanut butter ? Thanks !!
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Most of these I know about but a couple were new to me.
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone else here make it? I made a quart last year off of 3 taps. This year i put out 30, made a wood fired evaporator, and today, I collected my first sap of the season. Can't wait to boil it down.
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I was wondering if you can tap maple trees in like june and july for their sap?
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone out there make their own maple syrup? I will make may first attempt at it this year. I have probably over 4 dozen large maple trees on my land plus another few dozen smaller trees. I will try to document my progress as I go along. Right now I need the correct gear for it. Anyone have...
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