Hurrah for Maple Sugaring Season

Good Morning, World!

What a great day here in northeast Pennsylvania. Last Saturday our Clydesdale draft horses broke out of their corral and went off on an adventure down the road. While we don’t know what spooked them in the first place we do know where they ended up. They decided to cross a lake that was mostly frozen over. Unfortunately the ice out in the center was not thick enough to hold up 3000 pounds, the combined weight of Gunther and Wilhelm. Thanks to the neighbors who spotted them and called 911, the volunteers, several emergency rescue groups and the farm staff we were able to effect a rescue. Both horses are doing well and seem to have put the whole misadventure behind them. We offer our sincerest thanks to everyone involved in helping the boys, to all the well-wishers and those making donations to help defray the cost incurred.

On another note, we have started tapping the maple trees! Aunt Eunice just loves this part of our yearly schedule. I am a huge maple syrup fan and not just for pancakes and waffles. My husband is a marvelous baker (you may have met him at the farm’s outdoor bake oven) and he makes me sticky buns using homemade maple syrup instead of corn syrup. Yummy!¬† After the staff¬† is done tapping the trees we will schedule Maple Sugaring Day which is a Quiet Valley member event. Please consider joining this wonderful organization if you would like to come learn about the process and try some samples.

Speaking of baking, we will be holding a bread making working this summer on July 13th. It will be held at the farm’s outdoor brick bake oven and will be presented by Lou DiPasquale. Attendees will learn how to make bread, how to use the bake oven, will enjoy a lunch they help make in the oven and go home with a loaf of bread. There is a limit to the numbers who can attend so call the office if you want to participate in this great class.

There are probably still some cold days ahead, but try to remember spring isn’t too far away. Before you know it you’ll be able to start your vegetable gardens, plants some annuals in your window boxes, take a rejuvenating walk after work and enjoy the outdoors. The old rule of thumb used to be get your peas and onions in the ground by St. Patrick’s Day. These days that can be tough to do as March can be a cold, snowy month. Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates.

We hope to see you soon and thanks for checking in. Aunt Eunice

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