Major Sap Run Sunday

The conditions were perfect for sapping today.   We had 30 people, collected 2500 gallons from 1500 buckets that were all mostly full.  We did not get to our 4th site and will complete that tomorrow morning to prepare for Monday’s sap run.  Sugar content remains high at 3.2 to 4.0.   Most of our trees are located in residential areas and have large crowns on them.  The RO worked flawlessly turning what used to take at least a17 hour cooking time  to 5 hours.  Well I am off to catch some sleep.  I will be available for your supply needs  Monday, March 21, from 11 am to 4pm.  Give me a call so I can be sure to be there or have ready what you need.

 

 

Don

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