WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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says Jenny Tulloss, "the taste is better, the quality is better." Her ten egg customers seem to share that opinion. Her business "Jen's Eggs" can barely keep up with demand. Steve Lunder, who was visiting the Burress family, was able to end his goat walk with a dozen fresh eggs. "I can really taste the difference," he says. Some local families reap nature's tasty munificence another way. They simply walk out the back door to the nearest sugar maple, stick in a tap, and hang up a bucket. After gathering the sap, followed by some fierce boiling, the end result is pure maple syrup, an expensive commod- ity that currently sells for between $80 and $120 a gallon. "I love doing it," says Jennifer Chisolm, a Wellesley resident, who puts up at least a gallon of syrup a year. "The kids love it and, when we have company, they are always really shocked that we made it." Last year, Chisolm put four taps into three trees on her property. With a 40:1 sap to syrup ratio, the boiling of the sap can take many hours and some eagle-eyed oversight. The resulting nectar, however, is a hit with all ages. "My kids love it," says Julianne Ivey, another Wellesley resident who heads out in late winter with her eight taps. "Yes, my gas bills grow bigger for a short period of time, but the result is deli- cious!" Sugaring season comes just in time for Jennifer Chisolm: "It's late winter, there's usually snow on the ground, it's way too early to be thinking about my vegetable garden, so this gets you outside, closer to nature." Backyard farmers are a determined bunch. They shrug off the conventional wisdom about what belongs where by creatively maximizing their pockets of green space. They tuck livestock, vegetables, and fruit trees into parts of yards that are more typically given over to humdrum suburban props. For these residents, geography isn't destiny. With some ingenuity, they find soul-satisfying ways to keep nature close while harvesting a little bit of backyard gold. 122 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Backyard Farming M E D I A B A K E R Y

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