Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cleaning Up

By Richard DeVries Last week I pulled all the taps and started cleaning up. I still have a lot of things to clean up and put away till next season. We ended up with 70 gallons of pure Maple syrup. … Continue reading

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Spring is Certain

By Greg Lecker If Easter Sunday’s 70 degree weather demonstrated anything, it is that spring has arrived in the Twin Cities. Even if last week’s and the coming week’s rain and chill lend doubt, today’s photos provide reassurance. Even before … Continue reading

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Spring Symphony

By Mary Beth Pottratz Today is a summery treat of a day – an unusually high temperature in the mid 70’s and a robin’s egg blue sky with just enough wispy clouds to soften the shadows. The very first few … Continue reading

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Season Extended

By Richard DeVries The return of the colder weather is a sensitive subject. Therefore I won’t tell you that I am rather excited about it. The Maple syrup season can end in two ways and they both involve warm weather. … Continue reading

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To everything there is a season…

By Boak Wiesner “Why do Snowdrops blossom first?” I was asked upon entering the Arb on the most recent warm day. The only answer, really, is that those that didn’t blossom now didn’t survive, that is, evolution has caused some … Continue reading

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And Then There Was Sap

And then the great sap run of 2014 started. For us it was last Wednesday and I hear other sugar bushes around the metro had similar experiences. We had a little bit of sap coming in the past weeks but … Continue reading

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Making Tracks to Spring

By Greg Lecker Though Friday’s snowfall might suggest otherwise, spring is coming! Walking from the parking lot to Three Mile Drive, I dodge Canada Geese that find grass newly exposed – again. Entering the Maple Sugarbush, I spy a full … Continue reading

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