Consulting my calendar, I’m informed that 2 years ago on March 6th, we tapped our Maple trees and ushered in Sugarbush 2010. It was a whole week later on March 13th that the festivities began last year.
If you’re new to this site, you can take a gander here, here and here to get a little background on what I’m talking about.
Depending on who you talk to around here, after a certain amount of years you’re supposed to give the trees a rest. Poking and prodding them every year to give up that delicious sap can take a toll on them.
We’ve been taking our fair share for at least 5 years now and it’s time that we let them take a vacation and rest up.
And perhaps we need the vacation too. Collecting sap every day for 3 – 4 weeks and then spending a full weekend boiling is hard work. Of course the payoff is worth it – that wonderful maple syrup that we get to pour over our Grandkids pancakes and waffles, or just gift out to people – puts a smile on your face and sweet goodness in your belly.
Rick told me today that we’ve been given permission to tap 120 trees that are owned by friends of ours. I almost fainted! It was an honor for them to let us do that, but geez, I couldn’t imagine the time it would take to tap them, collect the sap, and boil it all down. I just don’t have that kind of time (or stamina) to handle something like that.
When I collected my composure, I calmly told him no. I think he was a little disappointed, but I have a feeling that we’re going to be plenty busy over the next month or so. (I’ll tell you why next week.)