We are almost to February, which means that it is getting closer to spring. And in the northwoods, particularly in our area, it means thinking about Sugarbush. The last few years Rick & I have had a wonderful time honing our skills at this art of making maple syrup from the trees that grow in our yard. Of course, the amount we get is always going to depend of the amount of rainfall received in the fall and just the right temperatures in the early spring to harvest the sap.
Have to make sure that you drill the hole in the tree just right to fit the tap.
Hammer the tap into the tree so it is secure.
Get your buckets all clean…
… and start hanging them on the taps!
It’s always rewarding when you see this!!
This is the first straining of the sap before it hits the kettle. We will strain it a total of 3 times before we finally can the finished product.
Nice and clean.
Get that fire going good!
Let the fun begin!
When we have alot of sap, we have a warming pan that feeds into the lower one so we can have a good flow of sap to boil down. Over the course of the weekend, we will be working this for 10 – 12 hours a day to get finished.
Long hours and hard work pay off to produce some delicious maple syrup!
Here’s hoping that we are granted a wonderful season yet again this year to be given this gift that we can share with family and friends!!