Sugaring

sap drippingWe’re a week late since we were away for a few days, but we dipped our toes into maple syrup making today. Using 10 borrowed buckets and taps we drilled holes in 8 of our sugar maples and hung the buckets to begin collecting sap. The temperatures have been above freezing during the day and colder at night, perfect for the sap bucketssap to begin rising. As soon as we drilled the holes, sap began dripping out and the ping, ping, ping of the drops hitting the bottom of the bucket was a welcome sound. Now we have to be diligent to empty the sap buckets every day and begin the boiling process. Depending how much sugar is in the sap, it can take 40 – 60 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup. It’s lots of work but a very sweet reward.

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2 Responses to “Sugaring”


  1. 1 Ellen March 15, 2008 at 9:09 am

    was the tubing the right size? mmmm… 🙂


  1. 1 Sugaring 2010 « Mountain Vistas Trackback on March 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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