Water is Flowing, Sap is NOT.

The warmer weather and rain has knocked down the snow significantly and I know including me, we are anxious to get out there and start tapping. Preliminary indicator tap holes from customers are that the trees are dry, still frozen. Recall the 30 plus inches of frost is still in the ground. There is no sap running yet. One customer put it this way. “It was like tapping an Oak tree.” There is still too much snow on the ground for our youth groups to get out to tap anyway so I will be waiting till next week. There are some 50’s in the forecast so I am thinking mid to end of next week I will begin to tap. By the end of this weekend our evaporator and RO will be set to go.

We will be buying sap this year for $ 0.13 per point. If your sap sugar concentration is 2 percent the buy price will be $0.26 per gallon…


The sun has some melting power and 2019 Sap buy prices

I was outside most of the day today and these are the kind of sunny days we need to knock down that snow pack.  The temperatures are beginning to look promising once we get past this storm tomorrow.

SAP PRICES:  People have asked what sap prices will be this year and how do you calculate them.  The price is determined by the “bulk buy” price of syrup which today is about $2.00 per pound.  A gallon of syrup weighs 11 pounds.  Using the rule of 86(86/sap sugar content) for computing how many gallons of sap does it take to make a gallon of syrup and using a sap sugar content of 2%, It would take 43 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup if the sap was 2%.  So…  if bulk syrup price is $ 11.00 per pound, then the sap value(2% sugar) is obtained  by: $11/43   which is equal to 25.5 cents per gallon of sap.  Most all buyers will pay by the “point” so they will pay you between 12 t0 13 cents per point(1%) of sugar.

Last year I paid 16 cents per point which was high even for last year.  This year I pay between  of 13 to 14 cents per point.

I hope this helps


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.