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Well, ladies and gents, it looks like the temps are going to swing our way starting this Friday. We are just days away from our first boil, and that means that I am closing the pre-orders for this season. 

Thank you to everyone who invested in our season. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates as we work our way towards filling all your orders!

Syrup coming off the evaporator.

 

Welcome to Occasional Creek Maple’s 2014 season. This is our fifth year of selling to the public and of offering our friends and supporters the chance to satisfy their maple cravings. As in years past, we’re giving you the opportunity to purchase our maple syrup before we start boiling. You get your syrup at a reduced price, and you get to purchase in volumes that we don’t offer during the post season (half-gallons, quarts, and half pints). In exchange, we get the operating capital we need to get the season started properly. It’s like were selling futures. We’re doing it like Wall Street, but without being big jerks.

We are making a big leap this year. With the addition of almost 50 new trees on a neighbor’s property we’re looking at the likelihood of doubling our production. I will be pushing the limit of what my little evaporator can do, and spending longer nights boiling. And watching lots and lots of Netflix in the process.

Even without upgrading the evaporator, we’re still going to need new equipment to make this happen: lots of new tubing, taps and fittings, a collection tank, a transport tank, a transfer pump, plus all the little odds and ends that come up along the way. That’s where you come in. We fund this operation out of pocket, and through investments made by each of you through these pre-sales. We don’t go to a credit card or a bank, we come to you. You’ve helped get us to this point. We are so grateful for your support, and we hope to continue this partnership far into the future.

And now, bring on the maple syrup.

IMPORTANT FOR FIRST TIMERS – know that you are buying syrup that has yet to be made, to be delivered at a date in the near future, NOT something we have on the shelf and will ship right out to you.

  • Pre-Order prices for 2014  are as follows:
    • 1/2 Gallon – $33
    • Quart – $17
    • Pint – $9
    • 1/2 Pint – $5
  • Unfortunately, we cannot promise you a specific grade of syrup. At this scale, just making predictions about how much syrup we’ll produce is risky enough. Trying to guess how much of that predicted number will be a specific grade is crazy cakes. Historically speaking, I have never produced any Grade A Light Amber. By the time the first syrup comes off my pans it is a Dark Amber and from there it’s a short walk to Grade B. You get what you get, so to speak, but what you do get will always be high quality, dark, and full flavored.
  • To place your pre-order, send an email to occasionalcreekmaple@gmail.com and let us know how many jugs you would like, and what sizes.
  • We will send you an invoice for your order total through PayPal. This is the preferred method of payment for pre-orders. (You can make a payment with a credit or debit card on PayPal without having to sign up for an account.)
  • We will totally take cash or checks.  If you choose this option over PayPal, please include that info in your original email. Keep in mind: we need to receive that payment before we begin boiling in order to hold your order.
  • If you know us well enough that you see us occasionally in the wild, Sara and I can both take orders and accept cash/checks in person, and Patrick can process a payment via mobile app. He’s quite giddy about it.
  • Your syrup will be available for pickup at the sugar shack approximately two weeks after we begin boiling. This is not a guaranteed date, just an estimate of how soon after starting that we’ve traditionally had enough syrup to start bottling. We will announce when we’ve bottled our first round.
  • If you live too far away to pick up your order, or to have us deliver it in the course of our travels, we can mail it to you. Send us your mailing address in your original email so we can calculate the least expensive shipping cost to add to your invoice. We’ll ship it as soon as it’s produced and bottled.
    • Some shipping price estimates, based on shipping from MA to CA: single pint – $9.64, 2-6 pints – $12.35, 7-12 pints – $17.45. These represent maximum potential rates. The closer you live, the less it should be, and we’ll figure your best price before we invoice you.
  • You are guaranteed to get the syrup you paid for. We are only pre-selling a conservative portion of what we expect to produce, so even if the season is a small one, we will still make enough to cover your order. In the event of a catastrophe that prevents us from making any syrup, we will refund your money.
  • Pre-ordering will end on March 1st, or when we sell through the volume we’ve set aside for pre-orders.

Pre-Orders for the 2013 Season are now closed, as of March 1st. We had an amazing last minute flurry of orders today, and want to thank everyone who helps support my love of sitting on a cold chair and watching water boil into the wee hours for a month each year. If it weren’t for you all, I’d have no choice but to have to consume all this syrup myself. :)

If you’re still interested in syrup from us, contact us. We’ll let you know if we run a surplus at the end of the season.

-Pat.

Syrup coming off the evaporator.

 

(UPDATE 2/28/12 : Pre-Orders are now closed for the 2013 Season. Thank you to everyone for your support!)

We wanted to get a big-name celebrity to do a voice-over for this year’s announcement, but as it turns out that costs a LOT of money. So we went for the next best, and frankly, cheapest option: you are now reading this in Morgan Freeman’s voice.

Welcome to Occasional Creek Maple’s 2013 season, and year #4 of offering our friends and supporters the chance to satisfy their maple cravings. As in years past, we’re giving you the opportunity to purchase our maple syrup before we start boiling. You get your syrup at a reduced price, and you get to purchase in volumes that we don’t offer during the regular season (half-gallons, quarts, and half pints). In exchange, we get the operating capital we need to get the season started properly. It’s like were selling futures. We’re doing it like Wall Street, but without being big jerks.

Bring on the details:

  • Pre-Order prices for 2013  are as follows:
    • 1/2 Gallon – $33
    • Quart – $17
    • Pint – $9
    • 1/2 Pint – $5
  • Send an email to occasionalcreekmaple@gmail.com and let us know how many jugs you would like, and what sizes.
  • We will send you an invoice for your order total through PayPal. This is the preferred method of payment for pre-orders. (You can make a payment with a credit or debit card on PayPal without having to sign up for an account.)
  • We will totally take cash or checks.  If you choose this option over PayPal, please include that info in your original email. Keep in mind: we need to receive that payment before we begin boiling in order to hold your order.
  • If you know us well enough that you see us occasionally in the wild, we can both take orders and accept cash/checks in person, and Patrick can now process a payment via mobile app. He’s quite giddy about it.
  • Your syrup will be available for pickup at the sugar shack approximately two weeks after we begin boiling. We will contact you to let you know when we’ve bottled our first round.
  • If you live too far away to pick up your order, we can mail it to you. Send us your mailing address in your original email so we can calculate the least expensive shipping cost to add to your invoice. We’ll ship it as soon as it’s produced and bottled.
  • You are guaranteed to get the syrup you paid for. We are only pre-selling a conservative portion of what we expect to produce, so even if the season is a small one, we will still make enough to cover your order. In the event of a catastrophe that prevents us from making any syrup, we will refund your money.
  • Pre-ordering will end on March 1st, or when we sell through the volume we’ve set aside for pre-orders.

Last year’s season started a good 3 weeks earlier than the year before. We have no idea what this season is going to do. In the past we’ve closed pre-orders when we started boiling, trumping the March 1st deadline. We will stick to the March 1st cutoff this year, but once we have sold through the volume we put up for pre-sales, that will be it no matter what the date is. As always, order early to guarantee that you get the syrup you want.

Well, that went fast!

And with the checking of emails this evening I am going to have to close pre-orders for the season. If you weren’t able to pre-order syrup, don’t worry too much. Last year we had plenty of syrup available to sell after pre-orders were filled, and we hope to this year as well. Still, we need to play it conservative on selling a product we’ve yet to produce. This is a very funny season so far, and it’s best that we hedge against it getting any funnier. Heck, here we are ready to light it up and start boiling a full two weeks before we even tapped last year! Very strange indeed. But like every year, we’re just gonna enjoy the ride.

Thank you to everyone who placed orders with us. You help keep us going every Spring. We truly appreciate your support.

Now in our third year, we are offering to friends of Occasional Creek Maple the opportunity to purchase their maple syrup before the season starts.  What we get from this offer is some up-front funding for supplies that help us kick-start our season. (Lemme see… need new fire bricks for the evaporator, a new stack, new storage bins) What you get is a guarantee that you’ll get delicious syrup once we start boiling, at a reduced price, and in quantities that will likely not be available once the season starts.

Something new we’re going to try this year is offering you the option to save a few dollars by providing us with your own syrup container. This really only works for you if you live close or see Sara or myself on occasion, and are planning on picking up your syrup. (If you were to insist on mailing us a container we’d be forced to sit you down and have a serious Economics 101 talk. So don’t be that guy.)

Finally, by buying our syrup you are putting us to work. I am quite sure of it. Therefore, you are a job creator. It’s true. 5 out of 6 economists agree. Don’t argue. Just bask in it. That’s right… baaaaask.

Here are the details:

  • Pre-Order prices are as follows: 1/2 Gallon – $33;  Quart – $17, Pint – $9, 1/2 Pint – $5
  • Send an email to occasionalcreekmaple@gmail.com and let us know how many jugs you would like, and what sizes.
  • We will send you an invoice for your order total through PayPal. This is the prefered method of payment for pre-orders. (You can make a payment with a credit or debit card on PayPal without having to sign up for an account.)
  • We will totally take cash or checks.  If you choose this option over PayPal, please include that info in your original email. Keep in mind: we need to receive that payment before we begin boiling in order to hold your order.
  • Your syrup will be available for pickup at the sugar shack approximately two weeks after we begin boiling. We will contact you to let you know exactly when we’ve bottled our first round.
  • If you live too far away to pick up your order, we can mail it to you. Send us your mailing address in your original email so we can calculate the least expensive shipping cost to add to your invoice. We’ll ship it as soon as it’s produced and bottled.
  • You are guaranteed to get the syrup you paid for. We are only pre-selling a conservative portion of what we expect to produce, so even if the season is a small one, we will still make enough to cover your order. In the event of a catastrophe that prevents us from making any syrup, we will refund your money.
  • Pre-ordering will end on March 1st, or when we sell through the volume we’ve set aside for pre-orders.

We still aren’t sure how early this year’s season will start, so unlike in years past we won’t close pre-orders just because we start boiling (since we may have to start boiling VERY soon). But, as mentioned above, ordering will close once we sell through pre-ordering volume, and that may happen before we start boiling, depending on the response we get. So get your pre-orders in now!

 

Boiling Schedule

Check here to see when we’re boiling. We also post updates to the Facebook page and Twitter. (Check the Twitter feed to your right —>)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011:

Boiling today from 10-5. Grab your Massachusetts Maple Month Passport and stop in for a visit. Don’t have one yet? We’ve got one for ya!

We have pints for sale! $11 apiece. Check or exact cash please. (Sorry! No time to make a bank run for change this morning!)

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