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2015 season

Posted by Turner Farms Maple Syrup on April 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One more month and the 2015 season will be a thing of the past. It's been a long long winter. One of those love hate seasons as far as sugaring goes. The weather has been a sugar maker's dream. Cold freezing nights. warmer days. And the chill is hanging on. The snow this year was over the knees in the woods for the entire tapping season. The sort of snow where snowshoes are a hinderance rather than help. Remarkably Carla was able to tap trees this year. A welcome change from the past two years where a shoulder injury kept her from helping. Paul worked tiredlessly, mostly by himself however on the days Trevor worked he  was an incredible asset. Paul picked up a bit of frost bite but that's a mild injury compared to seasons past. We bought new tracks for our four wheeler enabling us to move quickly through the snow to get to the tops of the mountains. In my opiniion some of the best money we've ever spent. We added a new Reverse Osmosis machine as the old one is simply wearing out. Happily we can say that the energy savings that the State of Massachuseets gambled on our grant towards a new evaporator was on the positive. We pulled off just about 300 gallons of sap an hour with the new set up and produced 30 gallons of syrup an hour.  Most all of the syrup again is of the medium grade. High quality and very tastey. Once the season is finished and cleaning up is over we will be in the final stage of wedding preperations for our daughter. We look foarward to celebrating with our new son in law, although he's been the sort of guy who we considered family from the day we met him.  It's a busy, busy 2015 and we look forward to all of our customers stopping in and sharing the ride of our lives. See you soon..... Carla

First Day!!!

Posted by Turner Farms Maple Syrup on March 8, 2011 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (0)

I suppose I'll have to talk to the boy about this blogging deal. I'm not getting the page to come up right. At any rate today is March 6th, 2011. The first day of boiling. what a horrendous day. It is no longer snowing in the Berkshires, instead we are being graced with a downpour. Generally we love a hard freeze followed by rain and then another hard freeze but this morning we woke to frozen sap in the truck tank, (Paul was washing the Reverse Osmosis machine so he left the sap overnight) so no way to get it out without crawling on top and thawing it out. AFter this Paul emptied the sap and concentrated it in the RO while he went to pick up a new load of sap. The truck---now full of sap---blew its drive shaft going up the steep hill we lost our combine and dump truck on last year. God I hate the beginning of Michell Street in Hillsdale. Well we're still waiting for Gerorge's garage to pick the truck up. (That poor guy has had the same luck as we have call after call from big trucks all needing a tow in the downpour.) We boiled a couple thousand gallons of sap tonight but still haven't sweeted the evaporator....aka drawn off maple syrup. We will be posting photo's of our first boil soon. Complete with the dinner turned picnic. Generally when we eat at the sugarhouse we just grab "dozer food" but we were planning to eat at home. the menu.....Crown roast, red cabbage and rice pilaf. skipped the salad---to hard to travel with that. It was good but I wouldn't suggest it on a take out menu. Trevor claims it was the best roast i ever made. Must have been the maple steam flowing through the sugarhouse. anyway...someday I'll learn how to use this blogging system. until then thanks for reading:)  

 


Webpage Complete!

Posted by Turner Farms Maple Syrup on June 10, 2010 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (3)

Our 12 year old son Trevor recently created this website for us, for which we are greatful.Thank You Trevor! He was angry at me for not letting him add Paypal, stating Mom,  "how do you expect to sell syrup without a payment plan?" My thinking is this, personally, I still like to talk to REAL people when I order a product. I want to know our customers. Over the years we have developed a large customer base and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know each one. Many send notes, pictures of their families and even those family Christmas notes, (complete with photos of thier grandchildren pouring  the Maple syrup on the sunday Waffels.)I promised Trevor this, if you could leave us a message at this website wishing us to set up PayPal or favoring  the personal touch I will  let you decide. Be advised that I also perfer the personal touch because I can better regulate the cost of postage. Through Paypal I will have to add 3 percent  to the overall cost and extra shipping as well( in order to encompass the West Coast and odd territories of the U.S.). My vote is the personal touch. Syrup weighs 11 pounds to the gallon, it's pretty heavy. I can  control the cost due to location.  Trevor votes Paypal....he's so cutting edge!!! You decide. Thanks for visiting our website...........fondly,Carla


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