Spring Sale is On!!! Selected CDl equipment and supplies up to 15% off through June 3,2016

The spring sale is on now through June 3.  Here how it works.   You get 5% off any product that CDL makes when your order is less than $5,000.  You get an additional 5% off if you pay cash, check or credit card, at the time of order, prior to June 3.  If you order more than $5,000, then you would get an additional 5% off for a total of 15%.   For example if you were to buy a $10,000 evaporator, your final cost would be $8,500 if you paid for it in full by June 3.   This would be an excellent time to purchase new maple equipment for next year.  The sale is better than I had expected (10 %)  so call me for your equipment questions and needs.  Delivery of the equipment is typically in August, September time frame.   Remember the Minnesota Maple Syrup Producers meeting on May 21 this month at the University of Minnesota’s Arboretum.


Have a great week,



Wholesale Maple Syrup prices drop again this year

The wholesale price of maple syrup has dropped again this year from $2.25 per pound to $2.10 per pound.  Maple syrup weighs 11 pounds per gallon, thus the buy price is about $23.00 per gallon. I believe the low exchange rate with the Canadian dollar is the primary reason for the fall in prices.  Oh well, this price will not effect what our youth group will charge for syrup this year on the retail end of things.  Our quart price will remain at $15.00 and pints are $9.00.  All of our equipment is now washed and put away for the season and I am looking forward to the spring sale from CDL. I am hoping for a discount somewhere north of 15% but that might be wishful thinking.  I will post on my blog when I know what it is and be looking in the mail for a flyer from Roth Sugar Bush.


Season’s over!!

Well the trees budded out this week and we had perfect sap weather.  Oh well.   The warm first two weeks negated a spectacular finish to our syrup season, and we still had a great season.   We pulled buckets today and collected 450 gallons from 1500 buckets, with 500 more to pull tomorrow.  Our syrup count is at about 600 gallons.  Tomorrow we will do the final cook.

For those who may not know, one might ask, “How do I get the last of the concentrated sap out of my evaporator with no sap in the feed tank?”  Well the answer is an easy one.  If you have a source of fresh water, fill your feed tank with plain water and start the evaporator .  The tap water will “chase” the concentrated sap all the way through the evaporator.  Now you may think that it would dilute the sap, but it does not.   We generally get most of it out.   When it is all out, I add the Roth Pan Cleaner and let it sit overnight and the next morning I drain and rinse the pans and they look like new.

Be thinking about your equipment needs for next year, this is the time that CDL will soon be announcing their big sale.   Last year it was 23% off list price on everything that CDL made.   I will keep a sharp eye out and post on my blog and website when this happens.

I hope you had a safe and excellent season.  We now can all rest a bit.