Sunday
Mar042012

The maple trees are tapped!


 

 We have never made our own maple syrup, but it is one of the things that most excited us about farming here in Maine- the chance to learn how to tap trees and make syrup. We lucked out, because there are three massive sugar maples standing alone in the driveway.

I wasn't sure exactly when to do it, since this year was a little bit crazy with temps in the 40s most of February, but Isaac and I went ahead and put 6 taps in and we are watching the sap flow! The buckets are all about 1/3 of the way full after about 5 hours. We really have no idea hat to expect, but we hope we can put away a few quarts of syrup for the year. Isaac sure thought the whole process was pretty fun, though I am quite sure he had no idea what he was doing. I can't wait to have our very first batch of homemade syrup!


Update: we are now on day 4, though two days of the four were too cold and no sap flowed. we have harvested about 20 gallons of sap, but it is flowing swiftly today as temps reach near 60. By my estimation we should be able to get about a half gallon from that. If we are able to make a gallon total this year, I will be a very happy girl. We love maple syrup in this house!

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