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What do the "B's" in B&B Farms, Maple Syrup stand for?

 Bluegills and Botanicals if you read the fine print. It seemed appropriate, as those two subjects definitely hold a special place in my family's hearts.

I thought I would share a little bit of the maple syrup process, for those who might be curious as to how it's done. I may add additional photos as time permits.

Disclaimer: No Bluegills were harmed during the making of this maple syrup.

My wife and our oldest son, tapping some trees during an unseasonably warm spell this past January. The sugarhouse is in the background, patiently awaiting that first run of sap.

Pumping off the sap from the collection tank in the bed of the mule, to the storage tanks inside the sugarhouse.

Manning the transfer hose inside the sugarhouse. Both boys taking turns topping off.

View from inside, steam exiting the sugarhouse through the cupola. LOTS of steam when you boil sap into syrup.

Dawn breaks over the sugarhouse. Already been boiling for a few hours by this time.

A view of the "pan"...starting to take on some color! Maple sap is clear when it comes from the tree. Boiling it down concentrates the sugars, and imparts some color.

At long last, some finished product. Pure maple syrup. Four different batches here, displaying some different grades of syrup.

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Comment by Tinknocker1 on June 26, 2015 at 4:56pm

i have a half pint of maple moonshine in the ice box every time i open the door i want waffles .....

Comment by Slip Sinker on June 26, 2015 at 1:31pm
Very nice operation you have going there Tony!
Comment by DAVID L EITUTIS on June 26, 2015 at 11:08am

VERY INTERESTING BLOG HERE !!!!!! PICS ARE GREAT TONY !!

Comment by dick tabbert on June 26, 2015 at 8:25am

Interesting Tony. I've been through the process before in Southern Ohio and it always intrigues me. Thanks for the info.

Comment by carl hendrix on June 26, 2015 at 7:50am

Tony;; this is terrific buddy!!  i have always wondered how maple syrup was made;; you sent me some not long ago;; its great stuff to!  excellent description of the work;  and;; its a great family traditon at your house!!   many congrats to you Tony!!

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