It has now been two weeks since the fire, and we have had some time to assess the damage, not only to
the sugar house and the sap, but to ourselves emotionally and those that pitched in to help us in the
original build just a few years ago. There are a couple of people in particular who really made the
construction the success and are a part of the life and story of the sugar house.
After our initial panic and worries about how we save the maple, several maple cohorts from our area
jumped in and helped to save the season. The local chapter members of OMSPA jumped right in from
clean up to even changing a tire on the mother in laws car. Sap got collected and boiled down. The
number of friends who came over and pitched in is overwhelming. As a result, we were able to
concentrate on securing the building and breathing.
The sugar house is now temporarily secured, burnt trusses have been braced and a tarp over the hole in
the roof where the cupola once stood.
Currently the hydro to the building has been shut off while we complete an assessment of wiring. We
know of one wire that was burnt off, and once that has been replaced and the rest inspected, we can
I have picked up our syrup and will begin bottling it over the next few days and you can begin picking up
your orders as of Thursday.
The two most often asked questions, did you have insurance? And how can we help?
No, the building was not insured. Thankfully the main structure is quite solid. We have 5 trusses to
repair (I am so glad we used trusses), and new roofing and cupola to construct install. And there will be
a day of pressure washing the floor.
As for help, we will be hosting a silent auction online, via the website. We will be auctioning off 10
500ml bottles limited edition 2023 smoke infused maple syrup.
Silent Auction details:
Submit your auction bid via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Email Subject line type: May 1st BID $ (auction amount)
Each day by 8:00pm we post the top 10 silent auction bids for that day.
Should you wish, you can submit a new BID the following day to try and reach the TOP 10!
This continue for 5 days and on Friday May 5th, 2023 at 5:00pm, we will release the Top 10 Winners!
Thank you again for your prayers and support!
Michael & Jennifer
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