It’s hard to imagine that maple season is just a few short weeks away. Sapsquatch Sugarbush, along with most of the Northeast is completely buried under more than two feet of snow and the region is gripped by sub-zero temperatures for much of the past several weeks. In my memory, this has to be the most snow I have seen in the sugarbush and it seems that a new layer of soft powder is added on an almost daily basis. In a bit over a month, we will be hosting our annual open house on the farm during NY State Maple Weekends, March 21-22 & 28-29, 10 AM – 4 PM each day and all that powder means we are looking at possible the best sledding conditions ever seen at Sapsquatch!
Despite the cold and deep snow, things are in motion. A weekly afterschool program with 10 youth from the Enfield area is going strong in its third year. Three of our 13 year-old alumni will be supervising work teams throughout the season, managing our sap buckets, measuring sap yields, and calculating syrup yields. They will receive ½ of the syrup yielded from buckets to sell at school and at Enfield’s market.
TC3 (Tompkins Cortland Community College) Farm-to-Bistro program visited the sugarshack for the first time as part of a new educational partnership. http://www.tc3.edu/catalog/ap_program.asp?dp=sustainable_farming It’s very exciting to be working with this innovative initiative which explores every aspect of the food system. An agroforestry operation like Sapsquatch represents an important part of the sustainable farming equation for our region. TC3 Farm-to-Bistro is just one of the many educational groups who will visit the farm this year.
You can support this important educational work which seeks to promote awareness of the maple industry as an important sector of our local agricultural economy, please consider purchasing a full or half gallon share of the 2015 harvest. You can do so by visiting https://squareup.com/market/sapsquatchsyrup and placing a credit card order. You can also call (607) 280-8498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, custom orders or alternative payment methods.
On a side note, my crowdfunding campaign to raise cash to replace my stolen chainsaw was wildly successful. Thanks to all who contributed!