Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Last Maple Stop

 Our last sugar shack stop was at this Amish farm. 

 Quite a fancy operation.

 Another ratio guesstimate.  At this point we have seen anywhere from 30 gallons to 80 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  I know that the ratio depends on the sweetness of the sap but this is a huge variation.  I guess we should underline all of this by saying...it takes a lot of freaking sap to make what you eat on your pancakes.

 This guy uses bricks of sawdust to fuel his burner.  This is a first for us.  Everyone else uses wood.  He told us he is the only syrup maker that he knows that uses these in his area.

 The Amish dude at work.

 We were definitely in Amish country.

 This guy parked his horse to get his tank filled up.  Click for a closer look.


 Buggies everywhere.

 We were in farm country, to state the obvious.

 Amish wash on the line.

This is what happens when your horse breaks down.
   Me thinks this is a cow massage parlor.

And on the way home again.  I am not sure but this might be the end of sugaring season for us this year.  It started late because of how cold the weather has been.  I can't go this weekend because I have a big party to cook for.  The following weekend is Easter and I think sugaring is over by then or at least not open for the holiday.  I hope I bought enough syrup.