Sap Doldrums

It  seems as though the trees do not know whether to give up the sap or keep it.  Of course this applies to only the bucket and bag brigade like me.  Producers using vacuum will get sap on days we get zero.  Today our buckets were 1/4 to 1/2 full after a hard freeze last night and some were not dripping at all.  The old growth maples at our Center City, MN location were running like gangbusters.  We have some warm weather coming the middle of next week which could pop some of the buds and then its game over.   If we  can get through this next warm spell we have another week of excellent temperatures for sap movement, lows in the twenties and even teens  and highs in the thirties and forties.  We are at about 75% of a normal syrup production year, so one or two more sap runs would be nice.  Its all out of our control.

Have a safe Easter Weekend,

 

Don

A Sap Intermission-Day of Rest

The past few days have been quite a sap run for us.  We collected about 5000 gallons of sap over the last couple of days. Sugar content is still at 3.0-3.2 percent! The CDL Reverse Osmosis continues to work flawlessly reducing our boiling time by 3 times.  Weather forecast continues to look excellent as we enter the prime maple season. As long as the buds stay tight we will be in business.   I have an ample supply of bottles,extra caps and labels for your maple syrup bottling requirements as well as filters and pan cleaner.   This season is shaping up to be an excellent one.

Have great week and take a break today.   I know I am going to take a nap!!

 

Don

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