Mr. S, who requested
anonymity, has the kind of life many syrup makers dream
of. When he steps from his back door, he can walk 50 m to
his business, or he can walk 50 m in the opposite
direction to his hobby farm. His cane operation is the
center of his farm and is in partnership with his with his
father-in-law, Mr. N. Although he produces quite a bit of
syrup, he doesn't sell any. So far, he has a greater
number of friends than jars of syrup, but this is
self-fulfilling prophecy that the quality of his syrup
ensures! As a happy recipient of his syrup, I can attest
to that. . . .my special thanks to Mr. S for showing me
is a massive horse mill, a Blymyer No.4. Ken informs me
that this will weigh about 1350 pounds. The figure beside the mill
for size perspective is my daughter, Elizabeth.
3 is the inside of his syrup shed, which features a
furniture-quality trough for straining in the background.
His shed is attached to a cabin that is outfitted with a
modern kitchen and a large dining table, where I hope to
be sitting next November.
are back-up mills, a Chattanooga No.11 and a Chattanooga
No.12, respectively. The Chattanooga No.11 is a light
one-horse mill, which weighs 400 pounds and has a juice
output rated at about 300 gallons per day (see Ken's