Local Firewood and Maple Syrup from the Weston Forests
Since the early 1980s, Land’s Sake has provided a model for small-scale, sustainable forestry. Working with the Weston Conservation Commission, each winter we harvest firewood from different parcels of Weston’s conservation land to improve the quality of the remaining stand, then sell this firewood over the summer to local residents. We also tap 300-400 sugar maple trees throughout the winter, and produce our very own maple syrup with the help of volunteers and students in our After-School Maple program. Through these programs, we engage residents of Weston with the woods that are so prevalent in town, but often overlooked, helping to create a new appreciation for this precious and protected resource.
In the winter of 2017-2018, Land’s Sake began managing the forest on a portion of the Municipal Purposes land at the Case Estates, abutting the Woodland Elementary School. In the Winter of 2018-2019, Land’s Sake will resume forest management work on this land. Trees have been marked for cutting, and Land’s Sake expects to cut approximately 50 cords of firewood by the end of the two-year project. This will remove about one-quarter to one-third of the trees, cutting the lowest quality trees to allow the rest to grow. The firewood will be sold to Weston residents and the pine timber may be used in the future at Land’s Sake or in the community.
How To Order:
- Firewood is sold out for 2019. If you are interested in purchasing firewood in 2020, please read on for details.
- If you are interested in buying firewood every season, the best way to make sure you get your firewood before it sells out is to sign up for our general newsletter mailing list. We'll send you an email when sales open each year. Typically, we sell firewood between July and September, and deliver it in late October or early November of every year.
- In 2019, there is a limit of a half cord of firewood per family.
- A “cord” is the unit of measure most commonly used for firewood. One cord is equal to a stacked pile of firewood with dimensions of 4’x4’x8′ (128 cubic feet).
- A half cord of firewood is usually enough wood to make one or two fires per week for the duration of the winter. If you enjoy fires more frequently, or plan to heat a room of your house using only firewood, you will likely need one or more cords to last the winter. These are just estimates and actual results will depend on the efficiency of your stove/fireplace, the duration of the winter, and other factors.
Half Cord: $255
Delivery fee for non-Weston residents: $50
- We will be offering stacking this year, at $55/hour. Stacking will be billed to you after delivery has been completed.
- Firewood orders are 100% refundable until October 1, 2019. To cancel, please Contact Us. After October 1, a cancellation fee of $25 will be charged.
- Delivery will occur in late October or early November.
Local Maple Syrup
Starting in late winter, the days grow warmer while the nights remain chilly. This temperature fluctuation sends sap running through the maple trees, and we get to work continuing the tradition of crafting locally-made maple syrup. We start by collecting sap from hundreds of maple trees throughout Weston with teams of middle school students and volunteers from the community. Next, we boil the sap in an evaporator fired by our own firewood to remove the water from the sap, and create a beautiful, amber-colored syrup. Each year we produce anywhere from 50 to 70 gallons of maple syrup, which we then bottle and sell through our Farmstand. Want to get involved? Here's how:
- Everyone is welcome to attend our popular Sugaring Off Festival. In late March, we host this popular festival at the Weston Middle School Sugar House. Participants enjoy the season’s maple syrup, pancakes, maple sugar candy, music, and student-led tours of the Sugar House and maple sugaring process.
- If you are a school group, scout troop, or homeschool group, sign up for one of our educational tours of our maple sugar operation.
- If you are a middle-school student, have fun learning how to make maple syrup in our After-School Maple Program.
- If you are interested in helping to tap trees, collect sap, or assist in other parts of sugaring, keep an eye on your inbox for details about volunteer days and other events.