It’s been a very busy time at the Farm! It took us four days to clear trees and branches and repair our pipeline networks following the ice storm. We missed a couple of days of production as we were without hydro, however, we had lots of visitors at the Farm over the Easter and it seems that a good time was had by all.
The warm weather has reduced the flow of sap. It is still running this morning, April 12. We expect that the end of the production season is close. We will make this decision to turn off the pumps and start clean-up based on the conditions of the sap and the quality of syrup that we are producing. With no frost at night and high daily temperatures, the trees will start to come out of dormancy, and when they do, the sap will change chemistry and the syrup will be bitter and unpalatable. The surest sign that the season is over is the signing of chorus frogs and spring peppers – none yet in our area!
Golden, amber and dark syrup from Fortune Farms
The early mornings are special at this time of year as birds are in full chorus marking territories and attracting mates. We also have a yellow-bellied sap sucker trying to drill holes in an aluminum ladder at the camp – not sure what it’s thinking, but it is persistent! Our bluebirds are back at the farm and have claimed their nest boxes. They are a joy to watch as they raise their broods throughout the summer.
With the warmer weather we have started to make dark syrup. This is good news for our customers who have been waiting for the darker grades. I’m not very confident that we make much very dark grade given the weather forecast, but we will see what happens over the next couple of days. We are filling our orders for dark syrup now and will be contacting customers for pick up. We are open daily from 10 to 4. Our phone is also working again if you want to give us a call – 613 256 5216.