Even though we got off to a rough start (RO leaked, sap tank stuck in the snow, burned our new finishing pan) our small crew of six people had a good time collecting sap and making the first batch of maple syrup for the season. Despite 2 feet of snow still in the woods, it was a beautiful weekend to be outside, and we collected 1200 gallons of sap.
The baby chicks arrived today. Proof that spring is really here, despite what you see out your window. 40 fuzzy one-day old little Araucana laying chicks are now peeping away in their incubator pen. When they’re 10 months old, they’ll start laying pale green eggs.
While we may not think that spring, or even warm weather will ever appear, there is lots of spring activity in the greenhouse. The brassicas are born, the onions are cute little spikes, the tomatoes and pepper seedlings are enjoying the sun, salad greens are peaking through the soil, and the eggplant will sprouting any day now.
More and more life is emerging in the greenhouse, so it won’t be long, folks, until the greens are in the ground and all of the deliciousness is on our plates. The 2014 growing season is officially in progress.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came out to give us a hand.
Well, it’s new to us. This is a 1949 Allis-Chalmers G. It’s a cute little thing with an unusual construction. The implements are attached to the front instead of the back. This way the driver can easily see the crops and the implements in action. As is the latest trend, we’re going to convert this to an electric motor. So even though Jim is giving this a test drive with the gas engine (shown at the place where we bought it), the gas engined was removed before we took it home. The restoration/conversion project is now underway.
After a couple of days of relatively warm temps (mid-30′s), Mother Nature returned and gave us quite a smack-down. While I don’t know the official snowfall amount, we got at least a foot or more of snow, followed by winds that caused a lot of drifting.
It was treacherous to navigate up our long driveway, even after the snow had been removed. Jim had to drive home from the MSP airport that night during the storm. He made it all the way home, but got stuck half-way up our long driveway.
After a day of blowing and drifting, I got the Geo stuck at the end of the driveway. Both times, we brought out the big toys to the rescue.
It’s been a cold, cold, cold winter so far. But anyone who loves winter sports have persevered. Cross country skiing has been a favorite sport up here in Mora, the host city for the Vasaloppet USA cross country ski race. I am honored to be on the board of directors, and this is my first race. So everyone… I promise to do the very best that I can, I hope I don’t make too many mistakes, but I know it’s going to be an absolute blast to help behind the scenes of this very impressive event.
I hope many of you will be joining us this year! See you at the race next weekend (Sunday 2/9/14).
Joe’s Stone Crab, a renown restaurant on South Beach in Miami Beach Florida, is celebrating their 100th season of serving stone crab. Their new Take Away deli restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you can see, we are proud to say that our organic maple syrup is highlighted at the top of their breakfast menu. Congratulations, Joe’s Stone Crab, not many restaurants can boast that they’ve been around for 100 years!
December has been a very snowy month so far. But that’s great, we love to play in the snow, especially the dogs. Wishing everyone a beautiful white Christmas.
We are so happy to announce that at long last, we have now added an online store. Now you can conveniently shop for maple syrup and honey. Of course, these two items always make terrific holiday gifts too!