Wholesale Maple Syrup prices drop again this year

The wholesale price of maple syrup has dropped again this year from $2.25 per pound to $2.10 per pound.  Maple syrup weighs 11 pounds per gallon, thus the buy price is about $23.00 per gallon. I believe the low exchange rate with the Canadian dollar is the primary reason for the fall in prices.  Oh well, this price will not effect what our youth group will charge for syrup this year on the retail end of things.  Our quart price will remain at $15.00 and pints are $9.00.  All of our equipment is now washed and put away for the season and I am looking forward to the spring sale from CDL. I am hoping for a discount somewhere north of 15% but that might be wishful thinking.  I will post on my blog when I know what it is and be looking in the mail for a flyer from Roth Sugar Bush.


Season’s over!!

Well the trees budded out this week and we had perfect sap weather.  Oh well.   The warm first two weeks negated a spectacular finish to our syrup season, and we still had a great season.   We pulled buckets today and collected 450 gallons from 1500 buckets, with 500 more to pull tomorrow.  Our syrup count is at about 600 gallons.  Tomorrow we will do the final cook.

For those who may not know, one might ask, “How do I get the last of the concentrated sap out of my evaporator with no sap in the feed tank?”  Well the answer is an easy one.  If you have a source of fresh water, fill your feed tank with plain water and start the evaporator .  The tap water will “chase” the concentrated sap all the way through the evaporator.  Now you may think that it would dilute the sap, but it does not.   We generally get most of it out.   When it is all out, I add the Roth Pan Cleaner and let it sit overnight and the next morning I drain and rinse the pans and they look like new.

Be thinking about your equipment needs for next year, this is the time that CDL will soon be announcing their big sale.   Last year it was 23% off list price on everything that CDL made.   I will keep a sharp eye out and post on my blog and website when this happens.

I hope you had a safe and excellent season.  We now can all rest a bit.


Approaching the end of the Season

The sap run this past weekend was lackluster at best.  Warmer temps and one freezing night did yield a small run and our syrup total for the year now stands at 520 gallons.  An average year.  I am still holding out for a nice run this upcoming weekend when the temps dip into the teens.  This cold will really freeze the trees, as it were, and when it warms up we should get one final run.   I will pull the taps after this weekend’s run  so all of you with the buckets and bags,  hang in there.  Syrup is getting darker now as well, and sugar content is dropping, however ours is still in the 2.8 to 3.0 range, which is very good considering this is the end of March.

Also as we approach the end of the season, this is the time to begin thinking about your equipment needs and wants for next year.  Evaporators tend to get traded in as the equipment manufacturers have their annual sale.  They like to have pre-paid orders for delivery in September/October in order to keep their employees working during the summer.  The equipment sale is usually  in mid April to late May.  Last year’s sale was 23% off list price.  This was when I saved over $3,000 on our RO.

Looking forward to the last weekend of sap and the cleanup that follows.    The daffodils will be showing their color soon!!