The big finale’ coming this week…..Hopefully

This is week we have been waiting for.  Day night temperature swings look good and the season will end this Friday as rain and 60’s are from April 5th on. We are in the home stretch.  Sap sugar has been 3.2-3.4 so it is still up there. The smaller trees seem to be producing a little less and the larger old growth sugar maples are just beginning to “wake up”

We have cooked 3 times and have 200 gallons of the best syrup ever put away in stainless 40 gallon barrels.  The sap should run today and another cook is tentatively scheduled for this afternoon.  Have a blessed Sunday

Don

A lull before the big runs? Maybe

The warmer weather has taken out most of the snow and the frost.  I am hopeful with the forecast in the next week that we make our average syrup production. Our two church groups have 2500 pails out there and we are patiently waiting.  We have made about 140 gallons of syrup so far and have cooked twice.  It froze here last night but just barely, so we might get something today.

Be careful when cooking hot syrup, there are 3 ways to get seriously burned:  Fire, Steam, and hot syrup.   I was burned by steam 3 days ago so, be careful around the evaporators.

Don

Finished Tapping and First Collection Today-Friday– YEAAAAA!!

Still alot of snow out there and the sap was running in the sun exposed areas, and we collected 900 gallons from 1000 taps which is not too bad.  Sugar content low,  2.6 percent.  The sap stopped running this afternoon for some reason even with the sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  I will most likely cook tomorrow morning as the first startup always includes false starts for example, leaky pipe fittings, rinsing of tanks, firewood set up, etc……..   It looks to be a good season though. I am confident.  Trees 50 miles north of Taylors Falls have not quite started which is normal.  Thanks to everyone of my customers for their patience with me being gone and sometimes having to serve themselves or wait patiently till I get back.  I love this community of maple syrupers!!!!

Don