MITCHELLSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Now that winter has finally taken a vacation, it's busy time for Joyce and Gary Taylor.
The sap is rising in the maple trees scattered about Knob View Farm, where the Taylors have recently added syrup making to their homegrown, certified organic family farming operation that also includes beef cattle, several greenhouses, honey bees, jellies, jams and various pickled products.
With a $500 investment, the Taylors took up syrup making last winter as slow-time-on-the-farm project for Gary, who had just retired after working as a maintenance man for Boyle County schools. They are among only a handful of folks in the area that make maple real syrup for resale.
The Taylors learned the ropes last season and had great success with the limited supply they were able to produce.