When will it warm up!!!!

-23 F here in the St. Croix River Valley this morning, over 36 inches of snow in the yards and woods and as much Frost.   We will finally get above 32 F next weekend. My thinking now is that we will tap closer to the end of March and the  beginning of April.  With all the snow in the woods there is no way we could carry sap buckets out of the residential yards even if I tapped the trees in snow shoes.  It will take at least 4-5 days of above 40 degrees to knock that snow down so we can at least walk in it.   The season will just  be later than what we are used to in the past, although last year was somewhat similar as  my first boil last year was March 22, and it was a small sap run.  I am beginning to get the evaporator set up and smoke and steam stacks will go up next weekend.  Get your supplies now, when the temperatures do warm up everyone will be anxious to get started.

Don

No more snow please!

There is at least 30 inches of snow in the woods in the St. Croix Valley on top of 24-30 inches of frost with subzero temps coming the first week of March.  I’ve been asked what I thought the season would be like.  My thought is that it will be a  late March start, with a big finish like last year given the amount of snowpak.  I have in the past, tapped in snowshoes and said that I would never do that again. I did it one more time and again said I would not do it ever again.  Its lots of work, the buckets are really high when the snow melts and the sap runs were minimal at best early. plus we trudged through knee deep snow, which is a tough.  I think I will wait for a couple of thaw events before I get out there with 2500 pails.

This is a good time to check your evaporator, clean the flues, get the pans ready and supplies.  There is going to be a rush when the weather does warm, so if you need supplies, now is the best time to get them.

Have a great weekend,

Good Luck to all the Birkie participants in Hayward, WI

Don

 

Cold February on tap.

No pun intended.  The 15 day forecast calls for below freezing temperatures for highs and subzero for lows, which gets us close to March with no melting.   Oh well its winter.  I did see a new piece of filtering equipment at Roth’s open house last week.  The vacuum filter press, pictured below, worked quite well,  granted it was with clean syrup, but it filtered a half gallon in seconds.  I was impressed.  Cost of these are $499.00 and it is a good price option for those who want something improved over the the Orlon bags but do not want to spend $1,500 on a 7 inch short bank filter press.   I do have these filter tanks in stock as well as the filter presses

Oh, on my last blog post I mentioned, not much snow in the woods.  Well that has changed. Most people I have talked to there is at least a foot of snow and frost is between 18 and 24 inches deep.   

Happy Valentines Day.

Don

Vacuum Filter Press, $499.00