Boiled down our first maple syrup- Well this year we were not prepared fast enough to make a large maple syrup harvest of the trees we marked for tapping. It was our hope to do 50 and really get a substantial harvest. Instead we only tapped 3 as a trial, since we did not have all the supplies we needed. It was a great mini run. We learned a lot. We will be ready next year. We shared about the few things we learned here. We all got to taste the sap for the first time and got to sample 2 breakfasts worth of syrup....we are excited about making this a regular part of our farming every year!
Poll Results are in: Thank you to everyone who voted for our future business name. The winner is HomesteadCountryStore.com! It will take some time to get up and running (likely a few years) but, we have to start somewhere right?? It was fun to watch the poll progress all week long. It was interesting, even though the votes increased, every time I checked it was in the same percentage range 65% for Country Store and 35% for family store. That was also the winning ratio. Again, thanks for your help; we think our little poll was a success!
Tuesday - Garden Planning Continues- I have been going through piles of seeds trying to plan our garden for this year. We plan on canning this year on a large food prep scale out of the garden. I have canned and I have gardened, but I really haven't canned what I gardened on a large scale like I hope to this year. We also hope to fill our (soon to be) root cellar with a large variety of root veggies. We have three 20 gallon cans we also hope to fill with local apples, if we can find a good orchard to get them from this year. (In years to come we hope it will be from our own little orchard!) We have been using a new software program, to help plan our garden which I hope to post on in the next week or two.
I think we canceled more in this week than most people schedule!