Approaching the end of the Season

The sap run this past weekend was lackluster at best.  Warmer temps and one freezing night did yield a small run and our syrup total for the year now stands at 520 gallons.  An average year.  I am still holding out for a nice run this upcoming weekend when the temps dip into the teens.  This cold will really freeze the trees, as it were, and when it warms up we should get one final run.   I will pull the taps after this weekend’s run  so all of you with the buckets and bags,  hang in there.  Syrup is getting darker now as well, and sugar content is dropping, however ours is still in the 2.8 to 3.0 range, which is very good considering this is the end of March.

Also as we approach the end of the season, this is the time to begin thinking about your equipment needs and wants for next year.  Evaporators tend to get traded in as the equipment manufacturers have their annual sale.  They like to have pre-paid orders for delivery in September/October in order to keep their employees working during the summer.  The equipment sale is usually  in mid April to late May.  Last year’s sale was 23% off list price.  This was when I saved over $3,000 on our RO.

Looking forward to the last weekend of sap and the cleanup that follows.    The daffodils will be showing their color soon!!

Don

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