Warm weekend coming

It looks like we will begin tapping this Friday and Saturday.   This still seams early to me as it is only March 7, but next week looks very favorable.  I was out in the woods all day today, setting up storage tanks.  The woods were very cold, and there was no sap dripping for the little tree branches. Tomorrow  it’s going windy, but warm. Reports from people that tapped last weekend said sap is running but not great.  Bags I’ve checked in the Taylors Falls area are less than a quarter full.  Next week will be different story though given the 50 and 60’s this weekend.

Since I will be tapping on Friday and Saturday, getting supplies at the store will be a bit challenging,   if I’m not there I can be in 5 minutes, so give me a call.    Have a great rest of the week and will see you this weekend for supplies.  I am open on evenings and Sunday afternoon as well.



March 1st, A beautiful Sunday

Its been a busy 2 days at the Don’s Sugar Shack store. Lots of excitement and people getting ready to tap and that are tapping.  Early reports have been  that some trees are running a little bit,  but most have not started yet.  Trees in full sun, southern exposure seem to have the most sap in the buckets or bags.   There have not been any reports of full bags of sap or even half full bags. So no big sap run yet.

I think I  am going to start tapping next weekend, which seems a little early yet from the calendar perspective . In my opinion, waiting till the end of next week will give the trees a chance to thaw out and if the 10 day forecast looks  favorably warm on Thursday,  then I definitely will start next Friday or Saturday.  If there is a cold snap though, then I think I will wait for the end of that cold snap putting us at March 14, 15 time frame.

When tapping the trees with the 5/16 ” drill bit,  make sure you drill in a straight line  and slightly upward.  If hold the drill or pull out the bit at an angle the bit will instantly snap off.  The thickness of the shank at the flutes is less than 3/16 of an inch, so they break easily.   This usually happens right at the beginning of tapping.  Also, the  tapping bit flutes are sharp and they will tend to “Pull” the drill bit and it will actually seem like the bit is screwing itself right into the tree.  So go slow at first.  I always feel sad when I  break a new 21.00 dollar drill bit on the first or second tree.

Enjoy this beautiful sunny day


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.