Maple Syrup and Drought

Around this time of year, questions begin surfacing in some people’s minds about the expected conditions for maple tapping and for syrup production. Particularly in the last year or so, drought-like conditions have been an area of concern. This post specifically addresses concerns related to tapping maple trees that have been subject to drought, or drought-like conditions. Thank you! to […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: our final post

Alas, the end of the 2011 Maple Syrup season is fast upon us; another year of hard work and great fun has run its course, only to transition into new activities and events such as Birch tapping and early spring wild edibles such as leeks and fiddlehead ferns. The end of the season brings an end to this series and […]

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2011 Maple blogpost: Value added products and updates

Value added products: Before we catch up with our producers, let’s think about the variety of products derived from maple sap and how today’s producers are developing a niche through value-added products. Historically, almost all of the maple syrup produced on small farms was converted into maple sugar.   Maple sugar was much easier to transport and store.  It was also […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Fuel systems and updates from week of March 28

Fueling a sugarbush operation In the weeks leading up to the sugar season I found myself in the midst of several discussions about the type of fuel that “should be” used for sugarmaking. One individual suggested that ALL sugarmakers should be converting their operations to newer, more efficient natural gas evaporators. Another person suggested that wood-fired operations are preferable as […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Timber Sweet

Roots are in the woods Ralph Fideldy will tell you up front that his best boyhood memories were created during the maple syrup season, working with his father in the sugarbush in the 1960’s.   Being in the woods, watching winter turn to spring, strongly impacted his life and Ralph claims that those experiences are when “maple got into his blood”. […]

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Minnesota maple blog series: Making maple syrup at the Gordon and Lorraine Peterson farm

Link to 2011 Maple Series Discussion Thread Join us as we follow this exciting season from Minnesota’s north woods with new posts every week!  You can find all of the 2011 Minnesota maple blog series content here.  You can also sign up to for new Minnesota maple series post notifications by email or your favorite RSS feed reader. “There is in some parts […]

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