We finished tapping Sunday March 9th. It took four of us two days to get all of our taps out. We did around 1200 the first day and the remaining 600 taps the second day.
Two of the people carried tools and supplies to fix broken lines. We walk the lines in the fall before it snows but there is always something new that needs fixing.
We boiled for the first time today and made about 4 gallons of syrup. It takes quite a bit of sap to get everything sweetened up and draw off for the first time. Now all we need is for the weather to start cooperating so we can get some more sap to boil.
We started tapping our trees today. We tapped around 1200 of our 1800 taps. We should be able to finish tapping tomorrow without much trouble. We did the steepest and most difficult area today.
The sale on Quarts of Syrup is almost over. Take advantage of this offer while there is still time. The sale ends February 22nd.
New Grading Standards for Vermont Syrup Producers
The State of Vermont has officially adopted the new International Grading Standards for maple syrup produced here starting in January of 2014. The first year will be a transitional year and either grading system may be used. Starting in 2015 the new grading system and terminology must be used.
The new grading system describes the four syrup colors differently and adds some language to describe the flavor associated with that color. Here are the four new grades:
Grade A Golden Color with Delicate Taste – This grade corresponds to the old Vermont Fancy grade and has a very light color and a delicately sweet maple flavor
Grade A Amber Color with Rich Taste – This grade corresponds to the old Vermont Medium Amber grade and is a bit darker with a more pronounced flavor.
Grade A Dark Color with Robust Taste – This grade corresponds to the old Vermont Dark Amber grade and is darker still and has a stronger flavor.
Grade A Very Dark Color with Strong Taste – This grade corresponds to the old Vermont Grade B and is very dark in color and has a very strong taste. This grade is generally used in cooking and processing although some who prefer a strong syrup taste may use it as a table syrup.
At Matt’s Maple Syrup we will be grading and labeling the syrup made in 2014 using the new grading standards. If you have any questions or concerns about the new grading standards, please feel free to contact us for a further explanation.
Thanks for your patience during this transitional period.
You can now pay for your order from Matt’s Maple Syrup using a credit card. All you have to do is to send us your order and will will send you an invoice payable with a credit card or paypal account.
We started tapping March 2nd and finally finished up March 13th. Normally it only takes two or three days to get all tapped. It took longer this year because it didn’t seem like we were going to miss much sap by tapping slower and we had fewer people helping this year.
Our first boil was March 11th and we didn’t make quite enough syrup to can. We boiled for the next three days until it got to cold for the sap to run. The weather next week is looking promising. The sap runs best when it freezes at night and gets up to around 45 during the day.
Visitors can bring containers to be filled at the sugar house when we are boiling. Syrup at the sugar house is $45 per gallon or a fraction of that depending on container size. Freezing nights and warm days make the sap flow and if there is sap we are boiling, call Dave at 464 9788 or the sugar house 464 7189 to make sure if we are boiling.
This is the time of year we do a last check of the sap lines before we tap the trees again next year. The goal is to get the lines as good as possible before we get any snow to bury the lines. Snow makes walking difficult and it hides lines that are on the ground and can pull down lines that are loose.