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Tapping a Black Birch tree

Installing spile into Black Birch tree

We're trying a new syrup experiment on a nearby black birch.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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My uncle makes birch syrup; it is definitely very different from maple but so good! We actually really like half and half mix of birch and maple
Comment by Kate Thu Mar 19 21:55:17 2015
I have heard that birch syrup kind of tastes like wintergreen. I can't wait to see if you agree!
Comment by Eric in Japan Thu Mar 19 22:09:09 2015

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