Finished boiling second sap run of the Season

If the first two runs are any indication of the season, Its going to be a great one.  we collected 2800 gallons from each of the first two sap runs.  Sugar has been averaging 3.5 percent with the range of 2.8 to 4.2.  Temperatures look great with highs in the 40s and lows in the mid twenties through March.  There is no frost in the ground now especially after the rain today, so almost all trees, even the big old growth maples are running strong.   Cold again tonight and clear so its possible to get our third run tomorrow into Saturday.  I will be exhausted by the end of the season but this is my annual weight loss program.

Again thank-you for your patience when coming for supplies, I most likely will be cooking when you come so it gets a little hectic.. I do have free maple aromas in the sugar shack and “court yard”.   Enjoy and and the season has just begun.

Don

 

First Boil-Sunday, March 8

We collected 2770 gallons of 3.8 percent sap on Sunday and cooked it to a very light amber syrup.  This will be our “candy” barrel because of the light color and low invert sugar.

We had a day to recoup on Monday and today we are putting in the last 500 of our 2500 total buckets.   The next 10 day forecast looks promising for more sap, so for those of you on vacation to the south, when you get back you will not have missed the season as it could extend into April.  I will be buying sap this year at $ 0.10 per p0int. So if you have 100 gallons of 4 percent sugar,  you would get $40 for that 100 gallons.  Sap must be in clean, food grade containers.  It got down to low twenties last night and going up to 40 today, so we may be cooking again tonight.   If you need supplies or something breaks, I am usually around the sugar shack until till at least 10 pm so feel free to call if you need something.

Don

First Day of Tapping completed

We put in 1400 green food grade buckets yesterday with another 1100 to go today.  It went so easy this year as the CDL brand buckets were light, durable and they separated easily.

The sap was not really “running” yesterday,  .  Oh dont get me wrong, there was some dripping,  but at the end of the day only a couple of inches in the bucket.  These next few days should warm up the trees and the that will get the sap going.   I will be out tapping again today and will not be at the store till 2-3 pm today.    I am here now until about 9 am, then our crews will head out.

Its going to be a glorious day here in the St. Croix River Valley,    get outdoors and enjoy it!!!  This is what we have been waiting for    SPRING!!!!

 

Don