January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Newsletter Subscribers,

I would like to apologize for the fact that I have not written a newsletter since June. We’ve been very busy these last few months in preparing for the upcoming maple season. We are hoping that this winter is not as cold and snowy as the last, or otherwise we’ll be at a loss for sap again. We’ve made, and are continuing to make, improvements to our sugarhouse. We are also changing the way we do some things (nothing too dramatic).

But before anything else, I hope that you all had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving spent with your friends and family, as well as a happy holiday season this past month.

First and foremost, the newsletter will no longer be issued monthly. Rather, it will be issued quarterly, with newsletters released around the beginning of January, April, July, and October. Each newsletter will be sure to be information-packed because we’ll have three months to collect content. This will also help during the summer when not much is going on.

As for improvements on the sugarhouse, we’ve added base cabinets and a countertop on which we will bottle the syrup. We have added another work table, but that will be removed during Maple Weekend for added space. In addition, a fire extinguisher has been installed for added safety during worst-case scenarios. Currently, we’re currently working on running the business’ phone line out to the sugarhouse for added convenience during sugaring season. To top it all off, our wood storage shed is just about full. One final project will be adding a support underneath the evaporator for safety reasons. Because of all these improvements, we will now be able to make, finish, filter, and store syrup in the sugarhouse.

Maple Weekend this year will also be changed slightly. The first change is evident in the dates: March 21, 22, 28, and 29. As you can see, we have decided to be open all four days, instead of just two days as in previous years. We will also be making some changes to allow for better flow of traffic in and out of the sugarhouse. Last year, our sales area was located just inside the door, restricting entry to the sugarhouse. We have decided to move the entire sales area outside to a 10’ x 10’ covered platform, placed on the left of the sugarhouse. That way, the entire sales area will be self-contained. If visitors have come just to make a purchase, they won’t have to enter the sugarhouse. There will, of course, still be free samples of maple coffee as well as maple cream.

            In an effort to prevent long wait times for people interested in making a purchase, we have acquired a new cash register and a new credit card terminal. The cash register will accurately record the quantity of each product we sell, as opposed to the cash register we had last year that just reported totals. The credit card terminal is free standing and very quick and simple to use, so we will no longer have to stand in the middle of the yard to connect to Wi-Fi to process the card. The new terminal is connected directly to a phone line so transactions can be processed very quickly. While not cheap, these improvements will certainly be very helpful.

            Other than that, not much has been going on in terms of sugaring. We set aside Fridays to work on maple related projects. One project involved correcting the slope of some of our tubing at one of our locations. Because of the fix, the sap is guaranteed to flow through the tubing. Recently we’ve been working on getting all the tubing ready so that when sugaring season is upon us, we can just walk into the woods and tap the trees. We are hoping that this year will be one of the best ever in terms of weather and production of syrup.

            We’d also like to thank Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens again for allowing us to sell our syrup in their store. Sales there have helped get us through the autumn and winter, which we greatly appreciate. If you know of any small stores which might be willing to carry our syrup for a small commission, please let us know.

            Thank you to all of our newsletter subscribers. We appreciate having you as valued customers and wish you all the best of luck in 2015. Again, we look forward to seeing you at Maple Weekend on March 21, 22, 28, and 29, each day from 10am – 4pm.


Paul Ruger

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