Our Own Maple Syrup

A group gathers to begin a tour of our Sugar House
A group gathers to begin a tour of our Sugar House
Inside, Bobby shows visitors maple tubing used to gather sap from maple trees in a sugar bush
Inside, Bobby shows visitors maple tubing used to gather sap from maple trees in a sugar bush
A sap bucket, not too commonly used anymore by sap makers. Parker`s Maple Barn still uses hundreds of them
A sap bucket, not too commonly used anymore by sap makers. Parker`s Maple Barn still uses hundreds of them
Many styles and sizes of sap buckets on display along with a very old evaporator in the foreground
Many styles and sizes of sap buckets on display along with a very old evaporator in the foreground
300 gallon tank full of sap waits to be boiled down in our evaporator
300 gallon tank full of sap waits to be boiled down in our evaporator
Ronnie checks the sugar content of a tank of sap using a hydrometer. The hydrometer floats in the sap inside the metal cylinder
Ronnie checks the sugar content of a tank of sap using a hydrometer. The hydrometer floats in the sap inside the metal cylinder
The hydrometer resembles a thermometer, but measures sugar, not temperature. The number that is visible on the surface is the percentage of sugar in the sap. Typically only 2-3% sugar.
The hydrometer resembles a thermometer, but measures sugar, not temperature. The number that is visible on the surface is the percentage of sugar in the sap. Typically only 2-3% sugar.
Filtered sap is pumped into a holding tank
Filtered sap is pumped into a holding tank
The sap looks just like water and is very clear
The sap looks just like water and is very clear
With a ratio of about 40:1, it would take this large barrel full of sap to make two smaller jugs of syrup
With a ratio of about 40:1, it would take this large barrel full of sap to make two smaller jugs of syrup
Don starts a fire under the evaporator
Don starts a fire under the evaporator
We burn four foot slabs of pine
We burn four foot slabs of pine
The hottest fire will make the best quality syrup
The hottest fire will make the best quality syrup
As the steam rises, the sap gets thicker, darker and sweeter
As the steam rises, the sap gets thicker, darker and sweeter
A close up view of the front pan
A close up view of the front pan
Ronnie checks the sugar content of the maple syrup with another hydrometer
Ronnie checks the sugar content of the maple syrup with another hydrometer
When the syrup reaches a sugar concentration of 67%, we draw off a three gallon batch
When the syrup reaches a sugar concentration of 67%, we draw off a three gallon batch
Does anyone know what this white stuff is? It is called Diatomaceous Earth. We add it to the syrup. It becomes our organic filter agent. It is then removed
Does anyone know what this white stuff is? It is called Diatomaceous Earth. We add it to the syrup. It becomes our organic filter agent. It is then removed
Bobby shows visitors the filter that removes the impurities from the syrup
Bobby shows visitors the filter that removes the impurities from the syrup
Ronnie checks the maple syrup using a grading kit in order to compare the color. This will determine whether the syrup is Grade A light, medium or dark, or Grade B
Ronnie checks the maple syrup using a grading kit in order to compare the color. This will determine whether the syrup is Grade A light, medium or dark, or Grade B
The darker the syrup color, the stronger the maple flavor, as simple as that
The darker the syrup color, the stronger the maple flavor, as simple as that
Nothing goes into our jugs but natural sugars and water from Maple trees. No additives or preservatives! Can you find the jug on the shelf that is not pure Maple syrup?
Nothing goes into our jugs but natural sugars and water from Maple trees. No additives or preservatives! Can you find the jug on the shelf that is not pure Maple syrup?
A close up of our slab pile. We can burn 40-100 cords of wood in our 6 week sugar season
A close up of our slab pile. We can burn 40-100 cords of wood in our 6 week sugar season
A full car park on a busy Sunday morning in March
A full car park on a busy Sunday morning in March
A sugar maple tapped with buckets and bags. You can see the sap inside the clear bag
A sugar maple tapped with buckets and bags. You can see the sap inside the clear bag
Sap falls into a sap bucket one drop at a time
Sap falls into a sap bucket one drop at a time
A true New England site!
A true New England site!
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1 x 100% Pure Maple Syrup - 34 ounce Glass Jug
1 x Ipswich Ale Brewery Mustard (9 oz)
1 x Making Maple Syrup by Noel Perrin
1 x Good Night Puppies
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1 x Welcome to Our Sugar House Coloring Book
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1 x $48 Gift Basket (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
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1 x Ggingerbread Man 100% Pure Maple Syrup in Glass Gingerbread Man
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1 x $65 Gift Box (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
1 x Good Night Planes
1 x Souvenier Moose Spoon
1 x Whoop Ass Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (6 oz)
1 x Rayes Mustard Spring Maple (9 oz)
2 x 603 Hat Green
1 x "Got Moose" NH Mug
1 x 100% Pure Maple Syrup - 8.45 ounce glass bottle (covered bridge)
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1 x Jane's Crazy Pepper
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1 x 12 Pack K Cup Maple Sugar Coffee Regular
1 x Pure Maple Cream - 4 Ounce Jar
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1 x Maple Sugar Candle - 13 oz
1 x $10 Gift Certificate
1 x $58 Gift Basket (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
1 x Maple Sugar Candle - 8 oz.
1 x Surrender the Booty Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce (6 oz)
1 x Tangy Honey Mustard - 8 oz.
1 x $20 Gift Certificate
1 x Parker Hat Khaki
1 x Good Night Trains
1 x "Parker's Maple Barn" Souvenir Coffee Mug
1 x $100 Gift Basket (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
1 x Good Night Dump Truck
1 x "Live Free or Die" Mug
1 x Gourmet Maple Coffee, Ground (8 oz.)
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1 x 100% Pure Maple Syrup in Glass - 25.5 oz - Light Amber
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1 x All Natural Pure Maple Sugar Crystals, 3 ounces
1 x `Live Free or Die` Patch
1 x Good Night Massachusetts
1 x Single Serving K Kup Maple Walnut
1 x 100% Pure Maple Syrup - 1.7 ounce Glass "Nip"
1 x Parker`s Maple Syrup Pitcher
1 x $50 Gift Box (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
1 x All Natural Pure Maple Sugar Crystals, 16 ounces
1 x All Natural Pure Maple Sugar Crystals, 8 ounces
1 x "Sure Shot Sids" Lime Pepper Seasoning
2 x $78 Gift Basket (plus $3.00 for extra packaging)
1 x Parker Hat Blue
1 x All Natural Pure Maple Sugar Crystals, 6 ounces
1 x $5 Gift Certificate
1 x Camp Mix - Honey Cinnamon - 3.5 ounces
1 x Old Man of the Mountain Ornament
1 x $100 Gift Certificate
1 x Parker Hat Black
1 x $50 Gift Certificate
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1 x Maple Sugar Candle - 15 oz
1 x Good Night Race Cars
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