November 13 – This year’s first snowfall is underway. Beautiful day today, about -3 and sunny; the grass is still green. Outside, with the sun beaming on my face I obliviously thought ‘for this time of year that sure is a lot of pollen floating through the air’. I then continued about my business. It took about 10 minutes before I stopped short and put two and two together, realizing that those white clusters drifting through the air were snow clusters.
I am proud to announce my maple butter won first place at the Carp Fair! There was plenty of competition in the syrup categories. I scoped out what the winners syrup looked like in each category. They were all about a shade lighter than mine so I conclude that I should have entered all of my syrups a grade lower: my extra light should have been in the light category, light in the medium category etc.. Live and learn, now I know for next year. As I’ve got time now I’m revisiting my list of improvements to make for next year. Two weeks ago AJ and I built a folding shelf under a window in the sugar shack. Today we bought some hardware to attach some cement slabs to the wall in the corner so we can safely tuck the finishing unit in closer to the wall. Mundane tasks I know, but the hope is they will make our process more efficient when the time comes. Only 4 months to go!