3070 gallons of sap
293 quarts of finished syrup
73 gallons and 1 quart of finished syrup
42 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of finished syrup (42:1)
27 days to the season from first tapping to buckets off
We had just about ideal conditions for the 2008 season. The Fall was not too dry so the trees could store the starch the need to make sap. The Winter was cold and snowy. We had a snow cover of 15” – 20” in the woods. Even in early March it was still getting down to 0 at night. As March progressed we got the alternating freezing nights and warm sunny days that stimulate sap flow. We fought ice only once on Easter Sunday when the trees started to run well. The week of March 23rd was busy with the heaviest sap runs. That 660 gallons of sap on March 26 ranks as one of the largest we ever collected at once. We had no snow or rain storms. We didn’t even have much mud as the snow melted slowly enough that the thawing ground could absorb it. About three times we were out cooking until 1:30 am or so, but that’s part of the romance of making maple syrup…”Long pleasant hours, few spent in bed.”
All in all we are thankful for the crop and pleased with the results.
The woods enters its prettiest time of year during the next few weeks as the wild flowers come out. May Flowers. Trilliums. Dog Tooth Violet. Jack-in-the-Pulpit. And many others all provide a colorful reminder of nature’s beauty.
We hope over the next year to rebuild our steam roof. We want to put hinges on the panels so we don’t have to climb onto the roof each year to open and close it. Climbing on the roof is probably the most dangerous part of the season. And we have to fill the wood shed again. Its quite bare.
In October is the annual maple syrup producers meeting. This year it will be in Springfield, MA.
And we plan to be back here in late February or early March of 2009 for season 91.