Little Hogback Farm
After a nearly four week long honeymoon in Europe, the LHF team is back in Vermont!  Here we are in the Swiss Alps in early August.
Our website is back in action and all of our maple products are once again available for online order!

After a nearly four week long honeymoon in Europe, the LHF team is back in Vermont!  Here we are in the Swiss Alps in early August.

Our website is back in action and all of our maple products are once again available for online order!

Website Housekeeping

We are taking a few weeks to do a little web site housekeeping so we will be unable to take orders direct from the website until further notice.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Our products will still be available at the Middlebury Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and at our usual retail outlets.  Thanks!

The early risers are starting to show up.  One of our other favorite forest products.  Stay tuned…

The early risers are starting to show up.  One of our other favorite forest products.  Stay tuned…

We burn quite a bit of wood here at LHF.  Last winter and spring we burned almost 1.75 cords to heat our yurt and about 7 cords to make our crop of maple syrup (170 gallons).  May and June are the primary months when we cut, split and stack all this wood in preparation for the coming winter.  The process goes like this:  Cut down tree -> cut tree into pieces -> split pieces with splitting axe (Fiskars x27 Awesome!) -> stack on pallets and cover.  This may seem like a tiresome and monotonous process, but it is quite rewarding in many ways.  It provides time for meditation, is good exercise, and allows us to provide our own energy for the farm. 

It’s starting to feel a bit like summer here at LHF.  The trees are leafed out, the days are getting warmer (almost 90F yesterday), and the black flies and mosquitoes are making their presence known.  Cutting firewood, selling products, and planting gardens are the main work around the farm these days, but sugaring season is only eight months away.  Got to get back to it!

It’s starting to feel a bit like summer here at LHF.  The trees are leafed out, the days are getting warmer (almost 90F yesterday), and the black flies and mosquitoes are making their presence known.  Cutting firewood, selling products, and planting gardens are the main work around the farm these days, but sugaring season is only eight months away.  Got to get back to it!

We are finished making syrup for the season, but that doesn’t mean the work is done here at Little Hogback Farm. People often ask if we can use the same taphole every year and the answer is no. When you drill a hole and “tap” a maple tree, you injure the tree and it essentially creates scar tissue in order to heal. SO, every year we drill a new hole, use a new spout, harvest our sugar and then at the end of the season remove each spout so the tree can heal. The spout removal process is shown here and involves using a special tool to pull the spout from the tree. While the process may seem tedious, having to visit every tree and repeat the same procedure, it is excellent meditative work. Also, it is done during a special time in the woods when the spring wild flowers are starting to appear. So, as we go from tree to tree doing our work, we are also able to take in the changes occurring in the woods and reflect on all the work we have done this season, while beginning to plan for next season.

We are still at it! Sap is still coming in and no spring peepers have been heard. Dark syrup lovers rejoice as we are just about to transition from Amber Rich to Dark Robust. We will be open again this weekend, April 12+13 from 12-5 so come on by!

Still some snow in the woods and frost in the ground and despite the thunder, lightning and heavy rain the sugaring season continues!

It has been a busy week here LHF! The sap has been running and we’ve been making syrup. The excitement will continue this weekend and we will be open for business!! 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday so come on by and sample the goods.

It has been a busy week here LHF! The sap has been running and we’ve been making syrup. The excitement will continue this weekend and we will be open for business!! 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday so come on by and sample the goods.

Yesterday we boiled and produced over 15 gallons of fresh “Golden Delicate” Maple Syrup. We’ll be back at it today. Come on by if you are looking for something to do on this damp day. It will be nice and warm in the Sugarhouse!

Yesterday we boiled and produced over 15 gallons of fresh “Golden Delicate” Maple Syrup. We’ll be back at it today. Come on by if you are looking for something to do on this damp day. It will be nice and warm in the Sugarhouse!