Most people have tapped their trees and have had a good early sap run on Sunday March 6th. Reports are about 1 gallon per tap and not all trees were dripping yet. This warm spell through March 15 is not good news but the long term trend from March 15 to March 27 looks excellent with some snow flurries included in the forecast. People tapping silver and red maples may have a short season as I have had reports of some bud break. I have held off tapping our 2000 buckets in hopes for fresh taps for this late March cold snap. We will begin to tap Friday. I don’t believe the sugar maples will bud out as it will dip into the 40’s by Monday. Syrup is light in color so far. Sap has been reported to be between 2.5 and 3.0 percent. Definitely better than last year’s first run.
I do carry most types of bottles, and filtering supplies as you begin to cook more.
Call ahead for any order and I can leave it out for you if I am out collecting or tapping this weekend.
Be safe around those hot evaporators.
Have a great weekend,