The Tapatree blog is a forum for an amalgam of interests in our little community of Zoar Road, Rodman, New York, presently centered on crafting small batches of seasonal syrups, both Northern Black Walnut and Sugar Maple.

Remembering…

On Memorial Day, the relocated 1870s one room school house was open for the afternoon to our community. It was a magical afternoon spent with three former students, neighbors, and friends, hearing stories dating back to the early 1900's of teachers, snowball fights,...

In like a lion…

Traditional maple season is upon us! Paul cannot remember a spring season starting so early in earnest. We're pretty much two full weeks ahead of schedule, and we're collecting without having to work around snow. Not a particularly classic scene, although it is easier...

Goodbye, 2016… Hello, 2017!

I am celebrating the end of the year as I have for the past few years: a big pot of curry, a glass of wine, family and friends.  There is something comforting and also fortifying in this combination. Something about a full stomach and heart, no doubt. Looking around...

Yule be Cool!

This summer and fall have been very busy with downsizing Grandma Pat from her log home on the hill to accommodations on Zoar Road. It led all of us to closely examine what is truly important...the stuff or the people behind the stuff. The conclusion we reached is that...

We the people…

After a rancorous election season, we celebrate Veterans Day and for that we are grateful. Both our syrup maker, Paul Haldeman, and our webmaster, Will McCulloch have served many years in military service to our great nation. Innumerable of our family, friends and...

Rebels with a Cause

Rebels. We're currently loaded with them. A couple of weeks ago, Paul and Brad were headed out for (more of) the summer ritual of cutting and splitting wood when they noticed bees swarming along the side of the shed to the rear of the sap house. Lots of bees. Honey...

Tastings and treasures

The tastes are in, and here are the profiles for the 2016 spring line of whole maple syrups! 2016 Zoar Tapatree Co. Syrup Profiles: This year the weather was wild and the syrups capture that crazy up and down! Overall, the batches represent much darker, spicier...

Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day typically finds me weeding in the gardens, listening to the wind blow through the treetops. My father passed over the rainbow bridge five years ago, and I feel his presence most in the garden, and even more so on Father’s Day.

Slow down, you move too fast!

Wow! Ever realize that months have gone by rather than days??? This is a sign of a busy life, we think! Slow down! is the admonition of the month. Time slides by far too quickly unless we can lift our eyes to cherish the moments we’re given. This year with its mild...

365 Day Reset (plus 1…it’s a Leap Year!)

The year ahead? Onward and upward! We want to make significant progress in terms of exposing people to the concept of small-batch, single source, minimally processed syrups (need to come up with a shorter description first!). There is a world of maple magic in its multitude of flavors and applications. Not just for pancakes!

Waning days of November

November proved warmer than typical which has been much appreciated–a lot of good work was accomplished. We’ve not had beavers in the pond before, and their arrival was quite thrilling for some of us.

Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic

The power of community has also stepped in on Zoar Road to try to protect its character and quality, including (but certainly not limited to) saving an historic school house on our road. Sadly, the school (which we believe was constructed in the 1870s to replace an earlier structure), will likely soon be in the shadow of a large manure storage facility being constructed by a regional dairy CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation).

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