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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.