It’s maple syrup season again on the farm. Or we think it is.
This is only our second time tapping our trees, so we’re still pretty much guessing. Temperatures are supposed to be above freezing during the day this week and below at night. From what I’ve read and what we learned last year, that’s sap weather.
Last year, we were impressed by how easy it was and how much syrup we made. In fact, we still have syrup left. We just don’t eat enough pancakes at our house.
But we’re not letting that stop us. We enjoyed making syrup last year, so we’re going to do it again.
Like so much of what we do on the farm, this is an experiment, so we’re learning as we go.
Lesson #1: Make sure the drill battery is charged (and the back-up too) before you start tapping. Mr. Dewalt had to hang out for a little while until the bit could spin enough to get him unstuck.
Matt has picked a couple of new trees. The only issue is they’re not the easiest to access. More incentive to clean up the brush and junk along the edge of the field.
The other three buckets went on our most productive trees from last year. (Can you spot the puppy?)
Now our fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates and the sap starts flowing.