The Season Ends

We cooked the final gallons and finished at 2 am Tuesday. I could have made a couple more gallons but I was played out and the syrup was not the best.  Reports were that the season was above average, had tough time filtering, high sugar contents, 3.6 and up and everyone was wore out by the length of the season, which was over 4 weeks.   We are washing all  buckets tomorrow, about 2600 of them, sounds ominous, but we have lots of youth and families and it will take no longer than 2 hours.

Syrup prices have not been announced, however I don’t expect them to go up considering the size of the crop this year.  If syrup goes  below $2.00 per pound which is what is was at the start of the season, my sap buy price will be $.12 per point or less.

It sure is nice to have warmer weather and on to spring!!!!

Happy Easter


I Learn something new every year

Well this year’s lesson is “if in doubt, throw it out”    I attempted to cook yesterday following a string of 3 warm days with no sap.  Well that sap in the flue pan had ample to to FERMENT!  It turned a little like stringy snot, but I thought, oh well there is a lot of sugar in there and I do not want to waste it.   Well the lesson is to toss it.  The result is when you apply even a little heat that stuff foams like crazy and it foamed over the pans and out of the hood vents big time.   Fortunately I shut it down before it really got interesting and drained and cleaned everything.

The lesson is that when you expect 2 to three consecutive warm days followed by potential sap runs put tap water in the feed tank and chase all that concentrate out of the Flue pans.

I’m still hoping for some sap runs this weekend and my 3×10 CDL intensofire is ready for the last weekend.



9-15 inches of Snow predicted this Thursday and Friday in the St. Croix Valley. We are Ready for it!!

The silver lining in this snow storm is that it could mean a large sap run. We saw similar weather in 2014 and 2018 and we  had large sap flows.  We picked most of the buckets today and sap is still at 3.7 percent sugar .  Sap  quality is down, a little cloudy and the moths have come out  because of the warm weather and that will change with this snow.   The 2019 maple season is almost over as there are no freezing nights after this Sunday.  I am ready for it to be spring and we have a little winter to endure yet.  We are close to an average season and this may put us above average(one quart of syrup per tap per season).

I’ve got the snowblower ready…