Washburn’s Sugar House

It’s near the end of the sugaring season so we thought we should get to see our friend’s operation before he shut it down. Scott has been sugaring for about 30 years, ever since he was a youngster.

By now he has a sophisticated operation which services 1500 taps.

He uses plastic tubing and a vacuum pump to collect the sap,

a reverse osmosis machine to reduce the amount of water that needs to be boiled off,

a wood-fired furnace set up with multifaceted boiling chambers,

and a mechanized filtering system.

He can make about 5 gallons of syrup per hour. This year he has produced over 300 gallons, much of it fancy grade. Toward the end of the season the grades get darker. We had the pleasure of sampling some “C grade” today. Oh my it was yummy!

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