Substance Amazingly Precious 2012

    Mom and I walked out of Wal-mart slower than usual. Not becauseThis year we tried metal containers vs. plastic jugs. of extra groceries, but for a very different reason. The winter was coming to an end resulting in drastically-fluctuating temperatures. This caused the sap of the Maple Trees to be pushed through the cambium, which when collected and boiled down produces syrup.

     Though we have collected sap for some years now, every year the process becomes more refined. But this year was drastically different. The sole reason was because of a home-school family we met through the Salem Farmers’ Market. This family went all out when it came to the maple syrup Taps along the road made collecting a whole lot easier. making. They tapped hundreds of trees and bought a commercial boiler to process the sap. They agreed to process our sap with their equipment if we could get enough sap to make it worth it. So the challenge was on, and this was the reason Mom and I were pushing 30 gallons of distilled water out of Wal-Mart. Not necessarily for the water, but for the jugs. Smile

     In a couple of days we had a total of 60 taps in maple trees all over our our neighbors’ properties and a couple on our own. This was over four times what we had ever done before! How were we going to gather it all, bring it all back to the house, and take it to the Colemans?

     The answer came through a blessing, a willing younger brother. Together we were able to collect about 389 gallons of sap, bring it all back to the house, (with the help of a car) filter it into 30 gallon drums, they had loaned us, and take it over to the Colemans for boiling.

     It’s so exciting to see how Thanks to the Colemans, we had a way to ship it to their farm. each year expands beyond what we ever thought possible, especially this year. But so is the way of God’s work in our lives. He always has a goal set before us, though it takes much patience and a willingness toHow many buckets/jugs can you find in this picture? expand our borders. I have learned much more than just how to process lots of sap. And I hope this encourages you not only to do the challenging, but to do the impossible!


  1. Robert March 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    Wow, Jonathan! I really enjoyed the sap update! You and David have been extremely diligent and are reaping a sweet reward. I’m glad you had the perserverance to “stick” with it. Enjoy the syrup!

  2. James March 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    In the past, I had only dreamed of doing what you guys have accomplished! I am so proud of you all taking up what started as small and moving it into a large, profitable operation. Your work is worth the reward!

  3. Sarah March 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Wow this is sooo cool!! But it is also A LOT of hard work good job Jonathan and David!! You will have to come here and tap a couple hundred trees there plenty of them in are yard!! 😉

  4. Bethany March 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Looks like fun…and a lot of hard work!

    Enjoy your syrup =)

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