9-15 inches of Snow predicted this Thursday and Friday in the St. Croix Valley. We are Ready for it!!

The silver lining in this snow storm is that it could mean a large sap run. We saw similar weather in 2014 and 2018 and we  had large sap flows.  We picked most of the buckets today and sap is still at 3.7 percent sugar .  Sap  quality is down, a little cloudy and the moths have come out  because of the warm weather and that will change with this snow.   The 2019 maple season is almost over as there are no freezing nights after this Sunday.  I am ready for it to be spring and we have a little winter to endure yet.  We are close to an average season and this may put us above average(one quart of syrup per tap per season).

I’ve got the snowblower ready…


Warm rainy Weekend, Hang in there for the final week-SNOW coming Wednesday and Thursday.c

This looks to be the last week, about half of the customers I have talked to,  have pulled their taps and have had enough fun for one year.  I always encourage folks that having fun at this sport is most important,  so pulling taps for them was the right thing to do.  I am curious what this next week and snow forecast will do for the sap runs.  In the past a late April snow is called a “sugar snow” because heavy sap runs are often associated with April snows.  We have had a blessed season thus far making about 570 gallons of syrup.  Filtering this year has been difficult and I am not sure why.  Tuesday night looks to be below freezing so I am hopeful.  The frost was still in the ground in the wooded areas on Saturday, so there is little likelihood that the sugar maples will bud before Wednesday.  The silver and red maple trees are thinking about budding and this warm rain will spell the end of there sap production.


Approaching the end of the season

With the warm weekend coming up, one might be tempted to call it quits on Saturday April 6th. I know I thought about it, however the forecast looks as though we could get some ideal conditions next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   I am going to wait to see if this forecast plays out.  A good sap run at the end of the season can make an average season change to an above average or excellent season.   It froze in Taylors Falls last night so depending on the sap run today we will collect what we have and cook it before the warm weekend.   Sap will not keep well in temperature above 50 and must be cooked immediately.  The trees do not look like they are getting larger and to bud stage so I am hopeful we have a little more season left next week.