Checked weather forcast for today … doesn’t look like a good day for traveling with Casita and kayaks on roof .. heavy rains & gusty winds heading up and down the East Coast. We’ll stay an extra night and leave tomorrow morning .. at least .. thats the plan as of 9am this morning ….
Quechee, VT Weather Advisories, Watches & Warnings
in effect until Wednesday, Sep 19, 12:00 AM
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT.
* LOCATIONS…NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VERMONT…THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AND THE ADIRONDACKS OF NORTHERN NEW YORK.
* WINDS…SOUTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
* TIMING…FROM NOON TODAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
* IMPACTS…DAMAGE FROM FALLEN TREES AND TREE LIMBS MAY CAUSE DOWN POWER LINES AND RESULT IN POWER OUTAGES.
So .. we decided even though we have a steady rain .. we’d look for some rainy day adventures .. found a place called ‘Sugarbush Farms’ … that was located deep in the woods of Woodstock. They are a family owned business since 1945 .. making maple syrup and selling cheese(s) made from the milk of their own cows, jellies and other assorted locally made products.
Boiler – Evaporator (inside Sugarhouse)
Sampled several of their cheeses and several grades of maple syrup. Tasting room of course leads right into their company store .. so we had to make some difficult choices as to any purchases .. everything we tasted was very good ! Farm was open for self tours of their maple syrup making process… from sap collection .. ‘Sugarhouse’ where sap is boiled .. to the evaporation process where syrup gets thicker. They use 25-35 cords of wood that has been dried for a year for the sap boiling process. The sugarmaker feeds wood into boiler every 15 min and constantly checks thickness of syrup and to prevent it from burning.. he doesn’t leave the ‘sugarhouse’ until the entire boiling/evaporating process is complete. Unfortunately the entire process is done Jan-Feb so we did not get to see the actual making of the syrup. As you can tell from pictures .. all building(s) are very old .. amazing some are still standing.. Very interesting and informative trip to Sugarbush Farm .. cheese & maple syrup were good as well !
Tasting & Packaging Room
Store with jelly/preserve samples
After our tour we headed back to ‘downtown’ Woodstock to have lunch at a small restaurant call ‘Mountain Creamery’ .. owners that own the place also have an organic farm, in nearby Killington VT .. so .. lot of foods used in restaurant are brought in from the farm… it’s a nice place for breakfast & lunch. After lunch we headed back to the campsite at around 12:30 .. by then rain had been steady falling.
Forecast is calling for alot of rain & wind for the entire day into the night but clearing up tomorrow morning .. Plan is to leave by at least 9am tomorrow … getting home late afternoon on Wed.