Progress on Two Fronts

So many of our projects are ongoing. You pick away at them for days without really thinking much about it, and then all at once what seemed like an insurmountable task is completed. All the days of picking become worthwhile when the task is completed.

drumToday I finished washing, sanitizing, and rinsing all the maple syrup equipment. I saved the stainless steel barrel for last because it is the most fun (this is satire.) I have to stick my head down in the thing in order to scrub it out. This isn’t so bad during the wash and rinse phases, but the sanitize part is kind of an ordeal. I put one pint of concentrated clorox into 4 gallons of cold water, and that gets dumped into the barrel. Then I have to duck inside and scrub the inside of the barrel to make sure it is completely sanitized. This has to then be triple-rinsed, because even a tiny residual of chlorine odor can taint next year’s syrup.

Now all the buckets, lids, evaporator, and other miscellaneous gear are stacked up. I still need to haul it all out to the shack and put it away for next season.

Alice and I also worked in the garden for about an hour today. We removed all the tomato cages and the chicken wire frames we’d put up for the climbing plants. Once all was clear in the greenhouse, I got our old reliable TroyBuilt ™ out, checked the gas and oil, gave the rope one tug, and it started right up. I did an initial deep tilling on both gardens, and things look real good out there now. It was a little wet yet, but dry enough for our first pass of the season. Our tomato plants are still pretty small, but they have 3 or 4 weeks to grow before they can spread their roots in the real ground. We hope to get the greenhouse cover up soon. Spring is happening.

2 Responses to “Progress on Two Fronts”

  1. Chris Moore says:

    Ted, I really enjoy learning the processes you go through to end up with quality products. I combined five partial bottles of maple syrup for my daughter yesterday and it crossed my mind that they would look really pretty filled with your good maple syrup. The cost to ship them would have exceeded their worth, but it was a good thought. Keep posting please 🙂

  2. Ted says:

    Thanks for the kind words Chris. Maple is a magic time of the year up here. Nothing looks alive, yet the sweet sap tap tap taps into the buckets every day, sometimes overflowing. I’ll be happy to refill those jars… how about a visit?

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