Maple Sugaring Time: A Sweet Time of Year

| 3/8/2011 10:29:19 AM

A portrait of Susy the author of Chiots RunHere at Chiot's Run the first warmup in the spring signals the start of sugaring season. 

 Early last week we had a day that warmed above freezing so we went out and put taps in all of our maple trees (about 25 taps total).

Our predictions were correct and the sap started flowing in some of the trees immediately.

 Washing maple sugaring spiles 

 Drilling holes for spiles 

Tapping your maple trees is a wonderful way to get back outside in the spring weather. The season starts before you can do much of anything else in the garden. It really helps cure my cabin fever. Many people think that you can only tap sugar maples, but that is not the case. Most types of maples can be tapped. You'll get a little less syrup as the sap has a little less sugar in it. None of our trees are sugar maples, and our final syrup is fantastic! Of course you have to live in an area with the right climate and you have to have days above freezing and nights below freezing.

Sherry 'Woodswoman'
3/12/2011 9:58:56 AM

We have been tapping here in Michigan also. LOVE this time of year. We are just coming off of a heavy winter of dogsledding tours and now we slide into "sap camp". It's truly one of nature's blessings! Thanks for all the great information Susy! Hopefully you will inspire others to follow suit.

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