Joshua Parker, Samantha Parker, Keith Parker-Wingler, and their grandfather Earl Parker tapping a maple tree together in the 2013 maple season. The children are the 5th generation to tap trees on the family farm since 1889.
Parker Family Maple Farm will host an open house for maple producers large and small as well as open up the farm for retail customers to visit and watch how maple syrup is made.
The Parker Family Farm on Saturday Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will hold a welcome to fall celebration with an expo to demonstrate their new, energy efficient equipment to make maple syrup.
“This is our first fall event and we’re hoping it will be our first annual event,” said store office manager Kristina Parker.
The family farm has been in the Parker family since 1889. Parker said the farm originally was operated by the family as a dairy farm but has since transitioned to earning their income from the land.
“We decided to hold this expo to showcase our new, energy efficient equipment and share that with other maple producers,” said Parker. “We use nature as a source of income, it’s a renewable resource, so by moving to the new form of technology we’re imposing less harm on the woods where we work and receive our livelihood.”
Recently the farm purchased a new wood pellet burning vaporizer which removes up to 75 percent of the water from the sap before it is put into the evaporator.
During the expo there will be demonstrations using the new vaporizer as well as a tapping demonstration by Evan Branon to showcase a drill attachment he created which produces quality taps into the tree causing the least amount of damage.
“With this tapper someone who might not be the best at tapping a tree can do it expertly,” Parker said.
Michael Parker will offer woods walks. Dr. Michael Farrell Director, Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest will be hosting a dropline tubing replacement seminar in the morning as part of SARE Research. Branon of Branon Systems will be on hand to demonstrate the Precision Tapper. The tapper creates a more consistent tap hole, increasing productivity and the health of the tree.
Parker said she hopes people will stop in at the sugar house to see a wood pellet fired evaporator by CDL USA. Demonstrations will be offered throughout the day. A representative will be available to explain the benefits of burning wood pellets.
“Now that we have this new technology we want other maple producers to see if becoming more energy efficient will be right for them too,” Parker said.
Nick Atherton, of CDL USA will offer a seminar on reverse osmosis maintenance. Atherton will talk about ways to increase the performance of your reverse osmosis and understanding reverse osmosis technology.
Jen Parker will offer maple confections demonstrations in the morning about packaging. Artisan Printing of Vermont will be on hand to discuss bottling options for maple syrup.
There will be a pig roast style lunch offered compliments of Parkers to expo attendees. Reservations are required to ensure the right amount of food.
During the expo, Parker said the farm’s retail shop will be open to visitors to purchase products from the Maple Farm.
For Oct. 5 only, there will be a 10 percent discount on equipment.
For more information or to make a reservation call the Parker Family Maple Farm at 493-6761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.