Welcome to Case-Barlow Farm!
Case-Barlow Farm aims to be a regional model of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. We engage the community in an authentic interactive experience, offering a perspective of events, issues, and people of the Western Reserve from the past to the present. Case-Barlow Farm will connect people with history, arts, and culture. We enhance the educational and cultural offerings of the region, and we captivate the learning mind!
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CBF appreciates the many volunteers who support the mission of preserving the history of Hudson with time, talent and money. Some current opportunities for volunteers include writing about farm life, interviewing folks who knew the Case and Barlow families and helping with the inventory of interesting artifacts. Please contact the farm if you are interested in helping.
Learn to Tap Your Own Trees for Maple Syrup
CBF invites you to a hands-on tapping experience on Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 at the historic farm located at 1931 Barlow Road in Hudson. Maple syrup form the Sugarbush Creek Farm in Middlefield will be available for purchase.
CBF Volunteers Betsy and Rod MacLeod will share share their experiences tapping maple trees in their own yard. Betsy explains that “tapping of a tree can be a family project that teaches children about food production and gives us a feel for what goes into making just one product, syrup, that we might take for granted. Our grandchildren have helped tap and collect the sap. It is the boiling of the sap which takes the time and involves the adults in the family. Once tapped, one can expect to collect from one tap a gallon or more sap some days and very little sap other days. The weather is going to determine the amount. A farmer experiences this variable regularly. The boiling takes time since you must boil down forty quarts of sap to get one quart of syrup. Having had some syrup this morning from trees we tapped last spring in Hudson, we can attest to the fact that the syrup is delicious and worth the work involved.”
Tapping depends on the weather, usually beginning in February and March when the days are warm and nights are cold. Heavy snow will keep the sap colder at night for longer periods of time and is therefore preferred. Once the tree buds open, the collection season ends. A maple tree should be at least 10 inches in diameter before it is tapped.
1. Drill a hole 2-3 inches into the sapwood at a slightly upward angle. The hole diameter should be less than that of the spout or spile. Tap holes can be anywhere from 2 to 6 feet off the ground. A tree over 2 feet in diameter can have more than one tap.
2. Insert spile.
3. Collect the sap in a covered bucket that hangs off the spile. When emptying, filter out the bugs.
4. When you have a fair amount of sap, begin boiling it down. It is best to do this outdoors. Forty gallons of sap will make only one gallon of syrup. Unprocessed sap is mostly water and when the water is driven off the boiling point rises. When it is 7 degrees above the boiling point of water (approximately 219 degrees) the syrup is done.
5. Filter the finished syrup.
6. Pour into jars.
7. Refrigerate (may be canned if desired).
Postponed due to NO SNOW
Bring the family out to Case-Barlow Farm for Tobogganing on the rear Barn Bank 10-12 noon on February 16 and if no snow that day, postponed to Feb 23. The event is free and open to the public. Toboggans provided. Please do not bring your own saucers or sleds. Hot chocolate will be served. Parent permission waiver required.
Santa In The Barn Success was a Success
Many thanks to the volunteers including the folks Little Miss Party Planner, Suburban Sit, Home Depot and Baby Photo Love. Although it was typical Ohio weather and folks dressed warmly, some folks were too warm and left behind hats, mittens and even a University of Michigan blanket. Email the farm if you are missing anything.
Second Sunday Open Houses Return May 2019
Thanks to all who came and helped with our 2018 Open Houses! Look for more Second Sunday CBF Open Houses in May, June, July and August, 2019