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Parker Family Farm opens for maple season preview and production expo

Joshua Parker, Samantha Parker, Keith Parker-Wingler, and their grandfather Earl Parker tapping a maple tree together in the 2013 maple season.  The children are the 5th generation to tap trees on the family farm since 1889.

Joshua Parker, Samantha Parker, Keith Parker-Wingler, and their grandfather Earl Parker tapping a maple tree together in the 2013 maple season. The children are the 5th generation to tap trees on the family farm since 1889.

— Parker Family Maple Farm will host an open house for maple producers large and small as well as open up the farm for retail customers to visit and watch how maple syrup is made.

The Parker Family Farm on Saturday Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will hold a welcome to fall celebration with an expo to demonstrate their new, energy efficient equipment to make maple syrup.

“This is our first fall event and we’re hoping it will be our first annual event,” said store office manager Kristina Parker.

The family farm has been in the Parker family since 1889. Parker said the farm originally was operated by the family as a dairy farm but has since transitioned to earning their income from the land.

“We decided to hold this expo to showcase our new, energy efficient equipment and share that with other maple producers,” said Parker. “We use nature as a source of income, it’s a renewable resource, so by moving to the new form of technology we’re imposing less harm on the woods where we work and receive our livelihood.”

Recently the farm purchased a new wood pellet burning vaporizer which removes up to 75 percent of the water from the sap before it is put into the evaporator.

During the expo there will be demonstrations using the new vaporizer as well as a tapping demonstration by Evan Branon to showcase a drill attachment he created which produces quality taps into the tree causing the least amount of damage.

“With this tapper someone who might not be the best at tapping a tree can do it expertly,” Parker said.

Michael Parker will offer woods walks. Dr. Michael Farrell Director, Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest will be hosting a dropline tubing replacement seminar in the morning as part of SARE Research. Branon of Branon Systems will be on hand to demonstrate the Precision Tapper. The tapper creates a more consistent tap hole, increasing productivity and the health of the tree.

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