Since moving to Laurelville, my family has tried to gain a greater sense of oneness with the creation around us. As part of that, we began thinking last fall about tapping some maple trees to make syrup.
In preparation for the possibility, we marked a number of sugar maples (while we could still identify the trees by their leaves). And last week, we decided to take the plunge (at least on a small-scale) and purchased some sugaring supplies from Lehman’s. Everything arrived last Friday.
(The spiles were made in Canada. That is probably important for good syrup.)
Yesterday, we noticed that the weather for the coming week might get the sap flowing (freezing at night, warmer in the day)…
(In the close-up of the sugaring bag, take note of all the sapsucker holes nearby.)
This afternoon, we checked on the bags and found the sap flowing nicely. From the three trees, we gathered about five quarts of sap and immediately started to boil things down…