Back Yard Maple Syrup '06

This is our third year making maple syrup from the three trees in our yard. Here's a blog detailing this spring's adventure.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

3/18 Cold But Flowing Again

After the big snows of this week the cold rolled in and stopped the flow in its tracks. This was a good thing...kinda. I wasn't looking forward to another cooking so soon after the last one. After our second storm of the week dropped another six inches on top of the 10 1/2 inches three days before, the cold weather was ushered in. The sap which had dripped in slowly between storms had frozen solid and we had bags full of solid ice.

The last two days have produced a LOT more sap than I would have expected. The ice froze and the sap flowed like mad, but only on the south facing taps. The north taps on the two trees in front have produced zero while the south taps have been more like a faucet. On the tree in the back where we have taps on the east and west sides the flow has been slower but with both taps.

Now I've got about 20 gallons to boil down. Of course I'm busy all day tomorrow so I won't be able to get started until late again. Hopefully this time it'll be a little faster as the weather should be a little better.

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