Sugar Bush Season

| 2/6/2013 1:29:42 PM

The sun was sparkling on the icicles hanging off the covered porch this morning. The pine trees are glistening as the white snow melts and drips from the laden branches.

 spile in maple tree

In other's melting!

I like winter, really I do. But come February it starts to wear out its welcome. During this last lingering bit of cold, where Mother Nature teases us with warm looking, sunny days that seem inviting, until you step outside and she smacks you in the face. "Just kidding, it's still frigid!"

There are things that get me through the home stretch till spring. I like to take time to finish indoor projects like drawing, dying wool and spinning. I also look forward to the seed catalogs coming in the mail, planning the garden out on graph paper, and setting up the seed starter trays and grow lights. 

But one of the best late winter activities is tapping the Sugar Maples.

2/8/2013 2:05:41 AM

Jennifer, wow, that's a long time for a half gallon of syrup. I bet it's worth the effort to be able to taste the real stuff. We just don't have the right weather or the trees for it here in Nebraska.

Jennifer Sartell
2/8/2013 1:55:40 AM

Thanks so much! It took us the better part of a day to boil down 20 gallons. I'd say 6 to 8 hours? Something like that. I remember it was dark when we brought in the last two pans to finish on the stove. And then it was another 2 hours in the house. A great day to you too Nebraska Dave :)

2/8/2013 12:56:49 AM

Jennifer, no wonder the real stuff costs so much in the store. It looks like it takes a lot of effort to get just one gallon of syrup. How long does it take total to boil down 40 gallons of sap into one gallon of syrup? Have a great sugar maple day.

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