If you tap it, Snow will come

By: TheShovler3 , 3:58 PM GMT on January 31, 2007

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UPDATE: I tapped a couple of test trees yesterday, and don't you know that the storm that was gonna slide south is now trending more northerly. It never fails that when i tap trees i get snow!

Nevertheless, its about that time of the year where i start my annual maple syrup making. This year i've upgraded my barn with a reverse osmosis machine which takes 75% of the water out of the sap before i even have to process it(much more energy efficent). I boil it off in a 2x6 wood-fired evaporator. Its very labor intensive but only lasts a little more than a month and its great to preserve traditions. 4 Years ago i started because i was cleaning out my grandfathers attic and found taps which he said where his fathers fathers. dating into the early 1800's. Intrigued i looked up info went around marked trees and began what has become slightly more than a hobby. I've gone from 9 trees to over 200 this year. I have spent all summer cutting and splitting wood and gathering free 5gallon pails from local food services. I hope its a good year! i anticipate making roughly 40-50 gallons of syrup if all goes well, lastyear was not a good year for me.

If anyone has stories or questions let me know i'll be delighted to answer and share my own stories.

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21. seascum
6:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2007
Thanks for posting those beautiful winter pictures. I lived in Shultzville on Camp Dr. across the street from Long Pond for 20 years. X wife still there. I Now living in SW Florida.

Your pic's remind me of the beauty of winter in the Hudson Valley. It's as if I were looking out the window of my house on Camp Dr.

Where will you market your syrup? My daughter lives in Hyde Park and I'll be up to visit in the spring and would like to buy some of your product.
20. mommy3
8:30 PM GMT on February 16, 2007
Hey Shovler!! Where have you run off to? Busy tapping those trees, I guess. Give me a yell and let me know how it's going. Hope you are warm and safe!! :)
19. bigtrucker
7:43 AM GMT on February 11, 2007
right now its looking like a pretty big low will be positioned off the east coast. Ive been looking at models and data, and its all over the place. Several models are coming into agreement on bringing the storm close enough for a moderate snow event. some call for a blizzard of sorts. one thing is for sure, a big storm will be close, we'll just have to see how close
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18. TheShovler3
8:59 PM GMT on February 05, 2007
M3, yeah its nasty here aswell with windchills well below zero woke up for class and it was 2 degrees out without the windchill!

Once the season starts we might be able to arrange something. mid to end of the month i should be tappin away
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16. mommy3
8:18 PM GMT on February 05, 2007
Shoveler, Glad to hear you finally got your snow! We got a few inches with a nasty windchill today of around 0F. We can expect from 3-6 inches by Thursday! Sounds like you need to send down some maple syrup. I may be trapped in the house with my 3 monkeys!! Hope you're having a great Monday!!
15. Redhead
7:18 AM GMT on February 03, 2007

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14. TheShovler3
6:32 AM GMT on February 03, 2007
Nice i got the syrup so we are set! Infact we just got another little burst almost 5" Now... see all i had to do was write a blog giving up on winter and boom i got my snow hahaha
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13. HeavySnow
4:50 AM GMT on February 03, 2007
I'm on my way up. I'll bring the pancakes.
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12. TheShovler3
4:03 AM GMT on February 03, 2007
Heavy you won't believe it but i got 4" of new snow from 5pm-10pm tonight!!!!
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11. TheShovler3
10:29 PM GMT on February 02, 2007
everytime i want to count it out it gives me an inch or so quickly to remind me its still here. However i will not give it the satisfaction anymore! No more, i will not waste my time on this winter of naught!

Heavy is right i was here last year but i decided it was time to start blogging!
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10. HeavySnow
5:59 PM GMT on February 02, 2007
Shovler! Look at you diving in to the maple syrup and now finally the blogs. But I know different. You were here with the rest of us east coast snowfreaks last year.
My snow became rain and nothing. Dangnabbit!
Winter is dead to me too!
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9. mommy3
8:24 PM GMT on February 01, 2007
Good afternoon shovler!! We had a little snow last night and expecting some more tonight. It's all gone off the ground now, but the roads sure were nasty this morning. Hope you're having a great day!!
8. TheShovler3
4:56 PM GMT on February 01, 2007
i will indeed with some snow on the horizon, maybe that is
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7. Redhead
7:55 AM GMT on February 01, 2007

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6. TheShovler3
7:56 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
awesome to hear from ya mommy, hmm feels a little weird typing that, nevertheless how can anyone hope its t he last snowfall!!!! i love the snow! its lovely to meet so many from around the US and world for that matter. I've been participating in others blogs on and off but decided it was time for me to start one!
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5. mommy3
7:52 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
Hello shoveler! Welcome to the WU world!! You'll really enjoy it. Nothing but nice people who are just being theirselves. We're supposed to get 1-4 inches of snow here in KY by Friday. Our first good snow of the year and hopefully the last. Hope you enjoy it here!!
4. TheShovler3
7:02 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
Nice ER, i've always wanted to Visit Houston, i had always been a rockets fan while Hakeem the dream was still playing!
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3. TheShovler3
6:58 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
You know, i do what i can haha. I was going to take pictures of our snowfall lastnight all 2" of it but to my dismay it has melted away. Hoping this weird weather doesn't Mess up my Maple syrup making this year!
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2. EmmyRose
6:56 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
Welcome Shovler I agree with V this place is wacky wonderful and weatherful.....
From Houston Texas where our weather is as wild as the women -

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1. Veracity
6:50 PM GMT on January 31, 2007
Hi Shovler - You've really jumped in at the deep end :)) New blog and potential calendar pin-up all in one go. Welcome to the whacky world of Wunderground.

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