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We got enough sap (850 gal) on Tuesday to boil that night, and let me tell you, it was something else boiling in that wind. The wind was crazy that night, but we had a good night and made almost 35 gal of syrup! Best night of the season. The only problem is now things are froze up until Friday, but it should run good on Saturday which will be the next time we boil.
Forgot to update our blog! So we boiled the first run last week and made a little bit of syrup that night (last Wednesday). It got cold again, so we didn't get enough sap to boil until Sat. and we brought home another load of sap and made about 13 gallons of syrup combined with what we'd made Wednesday night. Sat. night was touch and go for a bit with the evaporator. We had issues with the syrup float not letting enough sap in and almost burned the syrup pan twice! That would've made for a bad night. Fortunately, we caught it in time and made it through the night. Still working out early season bugs in the system.
Saturday night, it actually ran most of the night, and it got enough above freezing on Sunday to run OK. We ended up bringing two truckloads home on Sunday (1000 gallons total) and made about 20 gallons last night.
This week's looking cold, but we should be able to boil a few nights this week.
Well we're finally tapped in. It took twice as long because all this lovely snow we got this winter buried our lines, so they had to be dug out. Finally got it done and start collecting sap. This morning, we hauled our first load of 2015 maple sap home...Yay! First boil of the season will happen tonight. It's been a cold winter, and because of it, we didn't make the little bit of syrup in February that we usually do. We figure the maple season really doesn't start until the first weekend in March, and we're about a week and a half beyond that, but with the extended forecast looking prime for sugaring, we should have no problem making it up.
We'll be keeping the blog up to date during the season, so keep checking in.
Hope to see you all soon, and enjoy this great weather!
Busy weekend. Processed almost 4000 gallons of sap! Made over 60 gal of syrup. We've been making Grade B syrup for anyone who's been waiting for it.
Weather's looking good to be making syrup through the week and maybe this weekend.
It seems as though this season has taken forever to get going. We are boiling regularly now and have gotten into a good rhythm. We are getting about 1,600 gallons of sap a day and have made over 70 gallons of syrup in the past 2 nights! We have also started making Grade B syrup, for those of you who have been waiting for it; it's ready. We will be open this weekend for visitors. If you want to stop by when we are boiling please call ahead so we can tell you what time we will start.
Over maple weekend, we met the family that used to live in our neighbors house for many years. They used to tap the sugar maples in their backyard and boil down in the sap in the house to make their own maple syrup. We talked to them quite a bit, and are pretty sure our sugarhouse used to be the milk house. We knew our house used to be a dairy farm and have always wondered what the sugarhouse was used for. It was great to meet them and make this discovery.
We have an aerial photograph of our property from around the 50's. We'll get it scanned and posted soon. It's pretty cool to see how our property has changed over the years.
We had a great Maple Weekend and thanks to everyone that visited our sugarhouse over the weekend. It was great to see our regular customers and many new faces. Overall things went very well, the weather was cold, but it didn't rain or snow.
Even though it wasn't that warm over the weekend, we actually had decent sap runs, and made about 50 gallons of syrup...very nice!
The forecast is showing the beginning part of the week being cold, but it looks like Spring's finally coming this weekend. Let's hope for some big sap runs.
Had the best run of the season on Saturday, and boiled it down on Sunday to make a lot of syrup. It was a great infusion into the maple syrup coffers! It's been cold since, so we've been getting ready for maple weekend. We're heading into a warm-up, so we'll be making syrup this week and weekend.
Today we're seeing warmer temperatures and have been getting some sap. We will boil tonight or tomorrow. It's been a slow start to the season, but it looks like we will boil in April.
The weekend wasn't too kind to us. It was so cold last week, so it's taking a while for the trees to thaw out, and the only trees that are running are the ones in the sun. We brought home almost 500 gal on Sunday, and collected another 175 gal on Monday, and we were able to boil last night. Made 17 gal of a great flavored Dark Amber, maybe Grade B syrup. Today's 50F temps should get all the trees running today, and it should be a good run.
We did make today's Fosters. There's a nice article on us and other local sugarmakers.