Almost to March!!

We are getting closer to Syrup season and I have had a lot of calls about tapping.  Its going to be near 40 degrees again this weekend and should I be tapping?   Well that depends on alot of factors.  How many taps do you have to put in?  How curious are you if the sap is running? Are you willing to give up the later season for an earlier one?   For me and our 2500 taps this weekend still seems early as the forecast calls for colder weather after Sunday again.  So one week from now will look like the identical weather we are having today.  Cold sun and temps in the low 20s during the day.   Now one could tap next Sat and Sunday and most likely will get some sap.   But, will it be enough to cook?   Maybe, I am waiting till after next weeks cold spell to see what the 10 day forecast is.   March 10 looks to be the day I will start tapping which is a little early but because there is no Frost in in the ground it may start early.


Happy Valentines Day

Wow… a month has passed since I last posted, the winter is fading fast and we will be closing in on tapping time.  Now the forecast for next weekend  has a couple of 40’s in it and everyone will  be anxious to drill  holes in trees.  Depending on the 10 day forecast when we get to next weekend, I would resist tapping.  If you have tubing that’s another story, however if you use bags and buckets, I would wait.   I intend to use this early spell of 40’s forecast for next weekend setting up my evaporator, rinsing tanks and assembling the Reverse Osmosis.  There was only one year in the last 22 that I missed an early run and that was March 1, 2017.   I wish I had a nickel for everyone who told me I should have my buckets out.  Oh well, 1 in 22 is not too bad.

Have a great week and if you need supplies be sure to give me a call.  I am open 8-5, Monday through Saturday, and often here Sunday afternoon.



Mid January Snow and Sun

Snow continues to pile up in the woods here in the St.Croix River Valley.  With the absence of sub-zero temperatures and a deep frost, the maple season could be upon us quickly. The spring snowmelt and river break up is coming earlier than than it has 20 to 30 years ago.  Snowmelt. and spring thaws used to be late March and early to mid April and now we see an early to mid March snow melt and river ice breakup. Maple season from my records typically begins in the St. Croix River Valley around March 15.   I had to adjust my thinking when I missed a major sap run the week of March 1st several years ago. If I had to choose a  two week period of the best sap runs it would be the last week of March and the first week of April.   The whole point of this is to be ready to go with all the wood, supplies and evaporator setup completed by March 1.   Warm weather and the absence of frost could result in an early sap run this year

I hope all of you are enjoying the January months, the days are getting longer!!  Don’t forget the 5% of cash and carry sale February 5-8.  I have a complete stock of most maple syrup supplies and some small evaporators in stock..  See you all soon.