Cold weather is finally here

Last night was our first freezing night since we put in our 2000 buckets in the St. Croix Valley.  We collected 811 gallons from 1500 taps today, sugar content ranged from 3.0 to 3.4 per cent.  Not bad considering 2015 average was 2.2 to 2.6 %.  Snow flurries are forecast through Saturday, clearing on Sunday  with temps, 40’s highs and 20’s  the lows  all next week.  We are anticipating a good second half of March.   It is,  after all, March 18th and these temperatures are average.  We will be collecting the remainder of the 500 buckets tomorrow morning and fire up the 3×10 Intensofire evaporator and the CDL 600 gallon per hour Reverse Osmosis at noon on the 19th.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hello, and take a look at our sugar shack in action.    We will be out collecting 10am-noon and 4-6pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 19th.   Have a great weekend.

 

Don

Waiting for the next freezing night

No sap running yesterday. We emptied the little bit of sap from the initial drilling of the taps and we are waiting for the next freezing night which could come this Wednesday night. We ran our CDL 600 gallon per hour Reverse Osmosis unit for the first time yesterday and I must say it is the first good nights sleep I have had since I started making maple syrup. No more cooking late in the wee morning hours. We also switched to the CDL anti-foam powder which did a much better job than butter. No boil overs!! Buds on the silver and red maples have broke but the sugar maples still look good and we anticipate a great season as I look at the 21 day forecast.

Don

A 2,000 tap record!

We put in 2000 taps, hung the buckets and placed lids in a day and half, new record for us.  The sap was literally running into the buckets.  I think we timed it just right with the colder weather forecast through April 8th.  Sugar has been running 3.5 to 4% in the St. Croix Valley.  The batch we collected today was all at 4%.  If you tapped your trees at the beginning of March or Late February and not getting any sap you could re-tap.   Simply pull the tap out,  redrill the same tap hole carefully as to not make an oval hole when redrilling and set the tap back in the same hole.  This will remove any bacteria and freshen the tap hole for the sap runs that will be coming next week.  I will be out collecting now most mornings 830am to noon and 4-6pm.  I will be home, available to sell supplies noon to 4pm and evenings.  As always best to call and I can leave your supplies out for you to pick up even if I am not home.

Remember, we are all in this together,

Have a great week.
Don