Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Maple Time

The temps are moderating and the winter is winding down.
Time to make Maple syrup!

First buckets & bags are hung on spigots in the trees.

 As the temps rise above freezing during the day and drop below at night,
the sap moves up & down the tree trunk feeding the growing buds.

 The bags & buckets fill with the clear sap.

 We collect the sap and when we have enough, begin the boiling process.
This batch we have 50 gallons, plus another 10 we collected after the boil started.

The evaporator is fired up and boiling.

The finished batch.
About 1-1/2 gallons of syrup.

Bottles from two different batches of sap.  
On the left, made in early February,
on the right, made in late February.

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