The Business Diaries – The Dump Truck Edition



Welcome to the first edition of the Business Diaries where I will be sharing what is happening in getting our maple sugaring and home decor business going.

So, this is a little bit of a different topic, but we bought a dump truck.


A dump truck.

Last year we tapped about 800 trees.  This year, we will end up around 2.700.  Turns out sap from that many trees weighs a whole lot and you need a really big truck to carry it.

At least it is a pretty red color.

Oh, and here I am rocking the latest runway style.  When it is cold, you bundle up my friends.




And along with dump trucks comes tanks.

Lots and lots of tanks.



You need tanks where the trees are to gather in, tanks on the truck to get it back here and then tanks to store it here before it becomes beautiful syrup.

This has been our world lately.  Dana is up in the woods running all of the lines for these trees.  We will actually tap the trees in a week to 10 days – depending on weather.  I swear, he is the hardest working man I know.  He tromps all day in the deep snow and freezing cold weather – on a steep hill.

And yet, I have never seen him happier.



He said something to me the other day that really struck a cord.  Most “sugar makers” are farmers.  In fact, Dana grew up making syrup on his family’s dairy farm.  It just makes sense that way.  In the winter, you have all of your employees who can’t plant or harvest in the fields, so they move into the woods.

But they also have something else going for them.  They already own the trucks and the buildings.  And the land.  Lots and lots of land.  In fact, most sugar houses are set in the perfect spot so that all the lines from the trees run right down into the sugar house.


We may not be taking the typical route and it may require a few more tanks.  But, we have made the decision to go for this dream.  The easy business decision would be for us to sell our house and move and hour or two north.  We could buy acres and acres of sugar maples and probably a barn and sugar house to boot.

That may be the easy business decision but not the right decision for our family.  This is where we are choosing to live and raise our family and I guess we are farmers, of our own sort.

When tapping time arrives, I too will be hiking through the woods as it will be “all hands on deck”.   In some ways I am looking forward to it and in some ways I am terrified.

Until then, I have feverishly been working on finding new products for the shop.  I must admit, I am not taking the easy route here either, but more on that later.  It is going to take me a little bit more to get it up and going but I hope it will be worth the wait.

Fingers crossed that this storm coming again today isn’t too bad – we have trees to tap!

Thanks so much for reading.


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17 thoughts on “The Business Diaries – The Dump Truck Edition”


  1. Sometimes happiness just is not easy. But the hard work will pay off in over flowing joy in your hearts. I am so excited for you!

  2. Hi Laura ~
    I just started to follow you – Your story is very inspiring and I wish you lots of luck with your new adventure –
    We are getting lots of snow too – we are in upstate NY area.
    I’m just so happy I do not have to go out in this weather. I love the snow, to look at inside, but driving in it –
    well it make me nervous.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. And to think you are really still so close to the biggest city in the Northeast – amazing. So much hard work ahead but it will be worth it and think of all the exercise tromping through those woods!!

  4. Kudos to you two…you are living your dreams! Love these updates too…really fascinating to me! Enjoy your day! 😉

  5. I am so happy for you guys. It is heart warming to see people going for their dream! I am doing that here too. I recently bought a coffee mug that says,”The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately!” Your red truck is pretty in the snow!

  6. Laura, I am so thrilled for you and your family.

    Proverbs 13:12 reads, “Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

    Keep moving forward in the knowledge that God Himself holds your tomorrow!

    And when the unwelcome feeling of fear creeps up on you, Know this: Deuteronomy 28: reads, “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land that the LORD God is giving you.”

    So be at peace my friend, and know that God is for you, and as long as you continue to give Him the glory and honor due Him, you will never be alone, nor forsaken.

    Keep your eyes on the prize!

    So very proud of you guys!



  7. Hi Laura – I am enjoying following your story and the fact that Dana works 24/7 and has never been happier. Living your passion is the best way to live. It looks like you both have found it. Hope all this snow doesn’t make getting to the woods too hard. Love the red truck. XO

  8. Making sugar is a big and hard job and very time consuming. I think it’s awesome that you and your husband have gone into this full on. It’s hard to believe it’s almost that season again too, although it will be a month later up here I think. Hopefully you didn’t get too much snow with this storm. Thankfully it’s going south of the Maritimes this time. Take care and have fun in the big red truck! 🙂 Blessings, Pam

  9. I just love reading of your adventures! Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Praying for perfect tapping weather.

    enjoy your days and stay warm!


  10. I so love reading about your journey and the making of sugar, As a born and bred southerner it is all so new to me! My husband recently bought a tractor- for our 1 acre lot haha! But he is happiest when he is on it! Stay warm!