The 2017 maple sugaring season at Frost Valley has recently come to an end. This season was an interesting one. The sap flowed at a slow and intermittent pace, but the season endured for longer than usual. The season got off to an early start with sap collection beginning in mid February. We fired up the evaporator for our first boil on February 22nd and concluded with our last boil on April 5th. By the end of the season we had boiled 14 times and produced a total of 290 gallons of syrup. This type of season is in stark contrast to the season we experienced last year. The 2016 […]

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When considering the way that a responsible harvest of trees is planned, it is not a stretch to say that more thought is actually given to growing trees than to cutting trees. This concept is known as silviculture, a word simply defined as, the cultivation or growing of trees.  Frost Valley uses sivicultural prescriptions to manage our forests. Silvicultural prescriptions are just as they sound, literally prescriptions for the forest. Keeping various factors and goals in mind, a prescription can be developed for growing trees in a particular forest stand. Back in 2002, Frost Valley worked with a forestry company to inventory our entire property and come up with a […]

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PART 1, WHY WE SUPPLY OUR OWN: Most of our guests at Frost Valley will enjoy a fire at some point during their visit. Whether it is an outdoor campfire with s’mores and hot dogs, or sitting by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, that firewood has to come from somewhere. Fortunately for Frost Valley, we have a local and sustainable source for firewood. It all comes from right here on our property. Our need for firewood doesn’t stop with the guests. Several of our staff residences are heated by wood-burning central boilers or wood stoves and our maple sugaring program uses a wood fired evaporator to cook […]

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