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Maple Syrup: Season 3

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Pudge, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Apr 15, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    ^^What they say^^ Props to Sean!!:militarypress:
     
  2. Apr 15, 2019 at 5:22 PM
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    He is definitely a hard-working dude!
     
  3. Apr 24, 2019 at 4:37 PM
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    I feel awful that I haven't updated this thread and haven't sent ant syrup out yet.
    My brother was supposed to make up for screwing the season by bottling the last 2 weeks, well he didn't and I haven't had time.
    He was also supposed to go take down the buckets from the trees and never did that either. So I did yesterday before they rusted out and got ruined. The metal buckets would cost at least $10 a pop to replace so I wasnt waiting for him anymore. I started cleaning them out today. This is about 1/3 of the buckets soaking, next is bleach, then power wash. Clean up sucks but someone has to do it.
    He says he will bottle this weekend, promises me that he will. If he doesnt then I will go next week and pack up all the finishing and bottling equipment and set it up in my garage. That's about a 4 hour process just moving and setting up. But having it at my house will allow me to bottle everything in a couple days. Everything is at the sugar house, aka my brothers barn now and bottling there is very tough for me because as the syrup is heating up you can not leave it, and heating can take 2-4 hours. At least at my house I could do other things as it heats and filters and check it now and then. When I do it there it's just a lot of sitting around.
    I apologize to everyone who is waiting and appreciate your patience. As it is, with him dropping the ball a few times I figure to have lost about 10 gallons of syrup from non productivity, which is a $1500 loss of revenue. I just hope to be able to serve my repeat customers and save my reputation and hopefully next year will go smoother.
    *edit* by return customers I mean 2 local stores and farm stands. I should be able to fill every tundras.com order whether you've ordered in the past or not :)
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  4. Apr 24, 2019 at 4:46 PM
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    Sean, no sweat, Brother! Sorry you have had a tough time with your help this season. Just say the word when you are ready to start taking orders and do not be concerned with your reputation. You are tops in my book!
     
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  5. Apr 24, 2019 at 4:50 PM
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    Wow looks fantastic
     
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  6. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    That's a bummer dude. Hopefully you can look back at it and realize it's a hobby and supposed to be fun and not a business venture. Reap the rewards that you get from the hard work this year and not focus on the what could have been scenarios. Remember your health and stress levels are more important than our orders. Wish I was closer as I would totally help out.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:04 PM
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    @Pudge That looks like some serious work to accomplish the end result. I haven't tried any in the past, but am hoping to this season (as long as you have enough to go around). If I wasn't so far away I'd offer to come and assist with whatever you needed, but from AZ it's a bit of a haul. Sorry to hear about the lost revenue - maybe bump up the cost a bit, even $1 or $2 per bottle would go a long way and I'm sure it wouldn't cause anyone not to purchase.
     
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  8. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:05 PM
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    No pressure Sean. As others have said it’s a hobby. So don’t kill yourself over it. We will appreciate whatever you end up doing.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:07 PM
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    Yeah take care of business like you need to. I have super mega advance alert set for this thread, so I'll see your order up post one hour before you post it.
     
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  10. Apr 24, 2019 at 5:11 PM
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    You know we're all in support of you @Pudge! Do your best and it will be the best, that's all that matters. Hopefully the rest of the process goes smoothly for you sir.
    :cheers:
     
  11. Apr 24, 2019 at 6:10 PM
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    Hey Sean,
    If you have any for the unworthy masses, I would be willing to pay 33% more. The stuff we get at Costco is not great and your prices are less than what I pay from a vendor in MI, well 33% less. So I would 100% be willing to help a person I like out. It's OK to raise prices, it's called supply and demand my dear.
    -(hugs)- Meg
     
  12. Apr 24, 2019 at 6:48 PM
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    Thanks everyone. I hope to keep my pricing thesame, with a possible slight up charge on the quarts. Will update as soon as I have some to ship.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2019 at 9:14 PM
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    30% is a good number :)
     
  14. Apr 25, 2019 at 8:08 PM
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    ^^Ditto^^ Sean. Do what you need to, we understand everything you have gone through this year.. water leak included... Anyways let us know how we can help, hell just recycle the buckets and collectively we can certainly fund a new set of those fresh for next season. Sorry us newcomers appears we missed this seasons batch, but surely will be back in line for 2020. Cheers brother!!
     
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    Don't worry about newcomers missing out. I should certainly be able to get everyone their syrup, just will be a little late. By returning customers in my post, I was referring to the 2 local stores and farm stands that I supply (one store buys about 30% of my syrup produced, up front, cash, full price so I can't lose that account). But I will always be sure to supply my tundras.com people with syrup, without you guys this wouldn't be possible. So don't worry, I got ya.

    As far as new buckets, I should be okay with the ones I have. It would cost thousands to replace them, so I'll get them cleaned up. I can also coat the insides with a resin which eventually I will end up doing over the years.

    Ugh the water leak, lol. That was a tough start to the season. I still haven't had time to sheetrock my ceiling yet so I have a nice 6x8 foot hole in the kitchen but I'm used to it now lol. At least I found the source of the leak and repaired it. Hope to get the ceiling patched before too long. Also have quite a few other home improvement projects to do, as I may be needing to move soon. It's a long story but the ex wife currently rents in a town with great schools which is where madelyn goes to school (2nd grade), and I live in a town with not so greatt schools. Well the ex wants to move, probably to be closer to her new BF, she thinks it's okay to displace madelyn from her school and send her to a much lower ranked school system, I disagree so hope I can sell and buy in the town with good schools. Problem is the homes cost significantly more than my town and property taxes are at least 50% more. I'd likely have to downsize or buy a fixer upper for similar price for what I sell my completely remodeled and updated home. Oh well. Gotta do what's best for my daughter.

    Did I mention I have been going back to school for my BSN? (batchelor of nursing). I earned my associate's degree 15 years ago and have been very, very slowly been taking classes online to get my BSN. There's no pay raise and I will likely have the same job when I'm done but the BSN will give me more options. Anyway, I was taking an online class during syrup season and struggled to get through it, but I did. I start another class May 1st, then I only have 3 to go! I'm going slow because I don't have time to take more than once class at a time, and I get tuition reimbursement through work, but only $3,300 per year, which allows me to take 2-3 classes per year and I have taken a few semesters off over the years.

    Thanks for your support, everyone!
    I will get your syrup to you asap. I should have no excuse to leave anyone out. Boxing and shipping is a time consuming pain in the ass, but like I said, without my tundras.com family, this whole syrup thing wouldn't be possible.
     
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    @Pudge Yay for the BSN! It is a great move!
     
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    Like I said earlier, you are one hard-working dude, Sean! Lots of irons in the fire, your head is screwed on straight, and your priorities are spot on. I hope you make some time for yourself as well!
     
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    @Pudge Any updates on the bottling process? Not trying to rush you at all, just curious. :thumbsup:
     
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    Actually yes. I bottled up 20 cases of 16oz last week and bought 45 cases of 8oz today. I also have about 80 plastic quarts to fill up.
    I started with 3.5oz glass maple leaf bottled because a close friend bought 100 of them to use as wedding favors for her wedding in June. So by next week I should have 600+ bottles of syrup ready to go.
     
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    :yes:
     
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    :spending:standing by.
     
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    Yes.... Hopefully there is a bottle left up for grabs for a fellow overtaxed CT resident .
     
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    Oh man...you're in CT. @Pudge is going to have to tax your order. :rofl:
     
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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    I just got caught up (I guess I missed these while I was at T2S).

    Bummed about your brother.
    Excited about the prospect of another syrup order!
    Bummer about your ex moving.
    Super impressed (but not surprised) by your willingness to move to keep your daughter in a good school.

    #waytodad
     
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