Anticipation and farming are synonymous……..
Farming is all about anticipation……..this tends to keep the seasonal blues at bay because there is always something around the bend to anticipate. The dead of winter (December, January and half of February) is a time for preparation…..building infrastructure needed for the coming year (this year it is the seed starting room in the barn and the farm store…..more to come on those projects). But without the anticipation of more exciting things to come, those building projects can become monotonous…….so, what is on the horizon?
Upon moving to Maine….one of the most exciting things, from my standpoint, is tapping maples. This will be the sixth state (Louisiana, Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky, Pennsylvania came prior) that we get to try our hand at maple syrup and I can hardly wait….!!!!! Luckily, 47 Daisies has a fair amount of mature maples (sugar, red, Norway and box elder……and yes, we will tap all of these species!!) scattered around the property. The only limitation on number of taps this year will be the availability of buckets. Currently we own 23 maple collection buckets and so 23 taps will go in. Most of those will be hung on sugar maples, but the taste test from the different syrups made from the other species will be fun. Our taps will go in late February and remain in place throughout March and into April. Let’s hope the weather conditions cooperate for some great sap runs!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )