2020 Maple Season is nearing the end

It looks like two more freezing nights, tonight and tomorrow.  Many bucketeers have pulled their taps and the season is in the books. We will most likely pull ours after Tuesday of this week.  We have had a good season with an early start and an early finish.

I will not be available for supplies tomorrow morning(Monday the 30th) because I am restocking my supply shelves with glass and bottles.

I hope this has been a successfull season for everyone.   Dont forget to cleanup right away.  Old sap tends to mold very quickly in warm poly tanks.  It will turn pink, then black.  Very hard to get out.



Minnesota stay at home order-March 27

Dons Sugar Shack is a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Licensed Wholesale Food Producer.  I am be able to stay open to provide Maple food products and supplies to the food industry and provide supplies to the maple syrup producers .  My hours are posted on my website and will offer evening hours during the next two weeks.

The maple season looks to be coming to an end early next Week. Night time  temperatures are not fall predicted to fall below 32 degrees after next Monday.   I will continue to accept and purchase sap  through next Monday.  I have many glass bottles in stock however, I am currently out of “Minnesota” labeled plastic quart bottles.

It has been a very good year considering we tapped just a little over 2 weeks ago.

Take good care and get outside for a walk as our governor suggests.  Geese and sandhill cranes are migrating now and there is nothing like that sound overhead.



Last Week of March

This week could provide a small sap run on Wednesday and Thursday.  Next Saturday/ Sunday, however looks very promising.  Beyond Sunday temperatures are warming up freezing temps at night remains questionable.  By then, the tap holes will be 3 weeks old for us and is close to the end of the season.   We have about 60-66 percent of an average year of maple productions thus far and this last week looks like we will be close to average by the end of the season

I have found that during this maple season I have been able to somehow put the corona virus to the back burner if for only for a couple of moments.  Its feels good to get out in the woods, and think only of the trees giving their sweet bounty, listen and observe the geese and sandhill cranes flying north, and know that we will come out of this crisis.