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.



Spring is Here

Spring is here and the sap season is well underway.  In fact we may be over half way through it.  Looking ahead to the forecast, it appears that we have a very good week ahead with temps below freezing and highs in the 40’s.  I see possibly 2 more good sap runs, one this Sunday and Monday and another at the end of the week.  After March 29  and 30th it becomes less of a possibility as there are no freezing nights in the forecast beyond April 1st.  So with that be ready to have a good week and remember to keep checking those buckets.  Mother nature likes to mess with the maple experts and give us a late night sap run or one during a snow event.



Happy St Patricks Day

On an average year,  by St. Patricks Day we would be putting in the last of our taps.   This year our taps have been in since March 7, and we have boiled sap 4 times and made 320 gallons of syrup from 2500 taps.  This early season has been quite fruitful and looks to continue to the beginning of April.  Sugar concentrations have dropped a little bit from an average of 3.8 to 3.3. With the snow forecast on Thursday and today’s forecast of sunny and mid 40s, I expect another good sap run in the next day or two.  Filtering of finished syrup has been smooth this year, not much niter sand and the syrup has been light in color, probably due to the colder temps.

I have heard reports that the major retail outlets of basic maple supplies are running short, filters, taps, hydrometers and bottles. I do carry a full stock of those items.  It is best to call ahead to ensure that I am at the sugar shack.  I typically at the store in the afternoons and evenings.  Mornings, however,  I may be collecting sap.  If I am boiling you can get supplies till at least 9 pm.