It might be fall, technically, but on Stannard Mountain winter is pretty much here. This time of year it is always a guessing game about whether or not the snow is here to stay. End of November, it pretty much is. Snow tires are on the vehicles, the sugarhouse woodshed is packed high with wood. The sap tanks are all cleaned out, and we spent Thanksgiving weekend in the woods taking fallen branches off of lines, removing old spouts, shifting lines up higher along the trees in preparation for snowfall, and putting new fencing around our fledgling apple trees.
Who can say what this year's season will bring? We'll be starting to tap in December so we'll be all ready by the end of January. And in the meantime, we are filling holiday orders and getting ready for the local holiday fair. Happy winter all!