Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

The wind chill factor temperatures at our maple syrup farm have hovered at around 30 degrees below zero. While we all realize that it does get cold in winter, these extreme temperatures are caused by climate change. Without the unique cycles of warm days and cold...
The Seasons for Honey

The Seasons for Honey

The schedule for the Honey Harvests is pretty flexible–reflecting weather conditions like late frosts, bush-blooming times, and so forth.  If, in this crazy weather world, we can predict anything! Usually, Blueberry Honey comes in June, Raspberry in July, Wildflower...
How the Weather Affects the Maple Syrup Harvest

How the Weather Affects the Maple Syrup Harvest

2018 was a year of extremes. There was a day in January that was 30F below zero with wind chills taking it down to minus 50, followed by several days in a row well above freezing and melting most all the snow (not a good situation). Sap began to flow spasmodically...
Wildflower Honey Hive Update

Wildflower Honey Hive Update

The beekeepers at Rent Mother Nature had all kinds of weather this spring–cold, cool, hot, warm, some bursts of rain– but now that summer is here, it is mostly warm with some cool days. The bees seem to have taken it all in stride and are busy now pollinating,...
Harvesting Maple Syrup

Harvesting Maple Syrup

The good news is that Rent Mother Nature has made, and will continue making, really delicious, pure maple syrup again this year. The unfortunate part of this year is that we started in January and that this is probably not an aberration—it may be the new normal. Sugar...