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Picked up more supplies

Dave Klish

On Friday, in addition to my previous post, I also picked up some additional supplies. I now have a good inventory of tubing fittings, several rolls of 3/16 lateral line, 3 rolls of 5/16 lateral line, some 1″ main line and several saddles (to tie lateral lines into the main lines. As I run low on things I’ll restock. One benefit there is that one dealer is 3 miles from my brother in law (BIL) and another dealer is within a mile or so of my leased woods. In fact, that dealer also bought a lease I sold as I got older and lost my younger help (they were 2 grandsons and a friend of theirs, also in college). Once they graduated they moved on to their chosen profession.

I am adding some more taps in both my leased woods and the woods I own around my sugarhouse. Work starts in a week or so, doing repairs and then starting to tap. I am also changing a small vacuum pump for a larger one at my leased woods.

Once work starts, things will get very busy. I hope to finish tapping by 1/21, because my BIL who is in this with me goes in for surgery on the 22nd. He will then be on limited lifting of 10# for 6 weeks.

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New shelving

Dave Klish

I picked up a load of “new to me” wooden shelving today. I’ll be using it in my 14×28′ storage barn. When I get it set up, I’ll then be able to take lots of non maple related items out of the sugarhouse and store them in the shed along with some back up stock such as jugs, bottles barrels and shipping supplies that simply take up too much space in my 16×24 sugarhouse. That will make it a lot easier to keep the sugarhouse far better organized.

With the next maple season racing closer each day, this may not get totally finished until after the season, but every thing I can move from the sugarhouse will help in a big way. My storage space has been very tight for over 10 years, this will help.

A week from tonight and Saturday¬† I’ll be going to the biggest maple show in the northeast, and lady luck smiles on me for this one, it is only 15 minutes drive from my home. At this show over 800 maple producers attend, from 8 or 10 states, plus several from Ontario and Quebec. There are vendors from all over the maple world there for all sorts of new shinny SS maple equipment and new tools to do everything we do to produce maple syrup.

There is a couple of talks on Friday nite plus an equipment auction, then on Saturday, there are 4 major presentation time slots where we have a choice from several different topics in each time slot. We read a program to see what is being offered, then we choose which ones are best for our maple operation. Saturday will be a fun, and full day, from 8:00 AM until 4:00 pm.

This will be my 14th in the past 14 years and at everyone I learn something new, learn new methods and get to share ideas with fellow maple producers. Each year I get to visit with 25-40 other producers I’ve gotten to know in the years I’ve been making maple syrup and along the way, I meet a few new friends too.