Simple Living in Practice: It's Maple Sugarin' Time!
By Diane Balch on February 27, 2013
The nights are still getting down to freezing here in Northern Westchester NY, but the days can get up into the 40's. Last week was the first week that the temperatures rose and fell like this for the entire week... and you know what that means. IT'S SUGARIN' TIME.
|Identify Your Sugar Maple tree's by their branches|
You see if you don't tap the sap of Sugar Maple trees at the right time you will not get the most sap. It takes 10 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. Once the weather gets too warm the sap gets cloudy, when that happens your tapping time is over.
|My Owl Daughter drilling into the tree.|
Well, it seems the Balch Family hit the season right on... we tapped our 3 trees this weekend and we already have about 35 gallons of sap... that should keep us in pancakes for a while.
|There is sap!|
|Wow it is really coming out quick!|
This is our first year tapping our trees. We took a class last winter but because the weather had been exceptionally mild we missed the sugarin' season.
|My son hammering in the tap.|
|My husband attaches the tubes to the buckets.|
This year we are so excited... between our bee's honey and our Maple syrup we are going to be one SWEET family this Fall.
Let it flow...