Country Maple Farms Shelburn MA Jim and Angel Bragdon

Apr 8, 2016

With sugaring season over we have moved on to spring activities!


Apr 4, 2016

It seems like this sugaring season has come and gone in a flash.  Just like that, its over...


Feb 22, 2016

We've been so busy trying to get ready for the season I haven't had much time to write.  Here is what we have been up too...


Feb 8, 2016

Have a look see at what we were up to this past weekend.


Feb 1, 2016

Another weekend has come and gone where we were out in the woods getting some work done.


Jan 29, 2016

I realized that in all my posts about building the vacuum shed I never explained why a sugar maker would want to put vacuum on their pipelines or how it works.


Jan 25, 2016

The work is never done...


Jan 15, 2016

I've got more pictures of the vacuum shed!


Jan 9, 2016

I've got all kinds of pictures from the last few months, so I thought I'd share them with all of you.


Jan 1, 2016

The next day we worked on the vacuum shed we got all the siding on and the roof on!


Dec 19, 2015

We have already been busy getting ready for sugaring season.  We are adding vacuum to one of our larger sugar bushes.  Here are photos of the project so far...


Jul 30, 2015

It happened again... I got so busy with life I didn't take the time to write any blog posts.  Our ducklings and chicks are all grown... So is our garden!!


May 27, 2015

Over the weekend we were able to plant our garden.


Apr 27, 2015

Well it seems like this years sugaring season has come and gone with a blink of an eye.


Apr 24, 2015

Sprouts are an easy way to feed chickens some greenage during the winter.  Here what we did to grow them...


Apr 22, 2015

Have you ever wondered what exactly is in maple syrup? ...


Mar 27, 2015

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the chicken coop when now one is around?



Mar 20, 2015

Even though it is sugaring season we are also busy doing other farm related things...


Mar 18, 2015

We first lit up the evaporator on March 11th this year.  I tried to take many pictures the first night we boiled.  Read on to see how it went...


Mar 16, 2015

Over the last week we have updated a few components of the sugar house...



Mar 10, 2015

We definitly tackled our to do list this weekend.  Maybe not as fast as we had hoped but we still knocked a few items off the list...


Mar 2, 2015

We were very busy this weekend out in the woods.  After this weekend we have more than half our pipeline taps in...


Jan 12, 2015

Big changes are coming to the Massachusetts Maple Industry this year.


Sep 21, 2014

I love all of our chickens, duck and guinea hens.  However, they are not all the smartest birds.  Over the last few weeks I've been able to capture the sillyness of our animals.


Sep 3, 2014

Wow! Where has the summer gone?!  I can't believe the trees are starting to turn already.  With the temperatures this week you wouldn't believe that fall is just around the corner. 

Bunny Love


Jun 24, 2014

I apologize for the lack of updates.  It seems that life gets in the way of blogging.  To make up for it I'm going to pack this post full!!


May 1, 2014

During sugaring season we collected eggs for our first batch of chicks we tried to hatch in our newly purchased incubator.  Be prepared to be overloaded with cuteness! :)


Apr 30, 2014

I can't believe its already been a month since my last blog post.  The rest of sugaring season flew by!!  Read on to hear about the rest of the season.


Mar 25, 2014

This sugaring season has had a slow start.  Last year our first boil was on March 2nd.  This year our first boil was on March 12th.  We have been very busy on the farm doing sugaring and other farm related things.  Read on to have a sneak peak at what we have been up to and see more pictures from this sugaring season.


Mar 9, 2014

It was another super busy weekend here at Country Maple Farms.  We put out about 1,075 taps (thank you to all the people who helped us!), we built about 80 or so new taps, we put out gathering tanks and we set up our vacuum pump.  All together we have about 2,000 taps out.  Read on more to learn about our vacuum pump.


Mar 4, 2014

Amongst gearing up for sugaring season we took a trip to Boston to be a vendor at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts Local Food Trade Show.


Feb 18, 2014

We were so busy this past weekend its worth two posts!  Please keep reading to see what else we did :)


Feb 17, 2014

As the warmer weather approaches we are still very busy setting up new pipeline.  Since it was the weekend and I wasn't at work I was able to get some good photos and videos to share :)

Hi Ho Hi Ho Its Off to Work We Go

 Here Jim and Ken are heading up the hill...


Feb 12, 2014

Remember my blog post where I was super excited that we had a sink in the sugar house.  Now we have hot water!!!


Feb 2, 2014

We had a busy weekend here at Country Maple Farms.  We were out in the woods building pipe line.

This is a picture of a new main line that we put up.  Continue reading to hear more about it!!


Jan 20, 2014

It was so good to get out into the woods today.  We were able fix some trouble spots and rebuild a sugar bush.  Read on to hear more about it!


Jan 19, 2014

I have never seen so many different breeds of birds in my life.  This was an exciting day!


Dec 30, 2013

If you had a ton of maple cream and was invited to a pig roast what would you do?  Read on to see what we did...


Dec 26, 2013

Who doesn't love maple coated foods?  With the help of two of our good friends we did a little experimenting with maple syrup, almonds and coffee beans.


Dec 23, 2013

We spent this last weekend making four batches of delicious maple cream.  Let me tell you all about it...


Dec 8, 2013

In the midst of building our new chicken coop we had a quart of syrup sell on amazon.  Off to the local post office we went...


Dec 3, 2013

Since there are so many good photos and videos left of the finished coop I had to make another entry.


Nov 30, 2013

The chicken coop is really starting to come together.  This post has a lot of the finishing touches.  You're going to like it :)


Nov 27, 2013

We have electricity in the coop!!


Nov 24, 2013

Now that most of the outside work is done on the coop we can start on the most exciting part.  The inside!!!


Nov 21, 2013

Now that the rafters are all in place its time to start putting the roof together.


Nov 18, 2013

Time to put some walls on!


Nov 15, 2013

Now that the base of the coop is complete we started working on the walls.


Nov 12, 2013

After three straight days in a row we were able to get a giant start to the coop.  It is a good thing that Jim's brother was able to help us :)


Nov 9, 2013

In the late spring when we decided that we wanted to go to the Bernardston Farmer's market to sell maple syrup we thought we might as well sell some eggs...

Sep 21, 2013

We recently installed a utility sink in the canning room.  Let me tell you how...