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Maple Syrup time at Bothways Farm in Essex!

Hi Joey,

          I thought the GMG readers might enjoy seeing a couple pictures of our Maple Syrup production at Bothways Farm in Essex,We have 10 Maple Trees tapped with 20 metal buckets that we collect the sap from.So far we have collected about 90 gallons of sap.It taking us 70 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.We boil it down in the wood fired evaporator for hours until the sap starts to turn brown from its original clear color.Once it just starts to stick to a ladel we transfer about a half gallon to a smaller pot.We then burn the rest off until the sap starts to foam,that means its real close.We then test the sap in a metal tube with a Hydrometer which tests the density of the sap.Once it hits a red line of the Hydrometer that means its now got a high enough sugar content and has changed into the syrup you put on your pancakes.Lets just say its about 10 hours of watching sap boil to 10 minutes of pure terror getting to density just right,because if you don`t and it gets too thick you get sap rock candy.The cold weather has been delaying our collecting of the syrup just like everyone else in New England.

Thanks

Dean Burgess

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Bothways Farm in Essex Animal Pics From Dean Burgess

Hi Joey,

             For those who can`t make it to the Topsfield Fair this year here are a few pictures of the animals we have at Bothways Farm in Essex.

The chickens and a Quinea Hen

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Lucy the Goat

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The cows and one of the Alpacas

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Guinea Hen chicks that we are raising from the eggs laid from the Guinea hen that was in the picture with the chickens.It laid 10 eggs and we put them in an incubator.

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            Here is my coworker Ron Boisevert who is the bee keeper and we got over 70 pounds of honey this year at the farm.

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Bothways Farm Barn Raising Photos From Dean Burgess

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Joey C

Hi Joey,           Drivers along Southern Ave in Essex have been seeing the new barn going up at Bothways Farm,I thought I would share a few pictures for the Good Morning Gloucester viewers as it is not everyday that we … Continue reading →

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Alpacas at Bothways Farm in Essex

Posted on August 25, 2012 by Joey C

Dean Burgess from Gloucester writes-            I work at Bothways Farm in Essex .Here are the Alpacas that we have at the farm. I thought the GMG viewers would like to see something different in farm animals.As most may know … Continue reading →

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Bothways Farm Barn Raising Photos From Dean Burgess

Hi Joey,

          Drivers along Southern Ave in Essex have been seeing the new barn going up at Bothways Farm,I thought I would share a few pictures for the Good Morning Gloucester viewers as it is not everyday that we get to see a barnraisng in progress.

The frame is made from Douglas Fir and is completely held together by joints and large dowels and no nails or metal braces are used.  The frame was made right on site from scratch.The trees were from Maine. 

The foundation is actually part of the old giant greenhouse that was there back in the 60`s through 2000 which some of the older generation may remember.

Dean Burgess

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Alpacas at Bothways Farm in Essex

Dean Burgess from Gloucester writes-

           I work at Bothways Farm in Essex .Here are the Alpacas that we have at the farm. I thought the GMG viewers would like to see something different in farm animals.As most may know Alpacas are from the South American region and are a cross between a camel and LLamas. Alpacas are herd animals and are used for their wool fibers.We have shaven these Alpacas and have sold the wool. I have seen these animals run very fast,just like a camel.The GMG viwers can see these Alpacas out in the front pasture as they drive by Bothways farm along Southern avenue in Essex.

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