We made some Fancy syrup on those first couple of boils. It is lighter than the grading kit. And the taste... well, it is quite special. Sandy loves the first draw off the evaporator, also called the "rig". Apparently, Jim's brother-in-law was right there in the past to help with tasting the syrup as it came off the rig.
We had to fix the smoke stack on the sugarhouse today as the wind tipped it a bit. After some ingenuity by Jim , it is all set now and ready to have some sparks coming out of it.
As we wait to make more syrup, we are enjoying the view here at the farm. We have a blanket of snow across the pastures out front and it does indeed look like January and not mid March. Sandy is hoping to put some x-c ski tracks into the snow this weekend.