Today we’re going to boil for the first time this year, we probably won’t make any syrup but we will get the evaporator all sweetened up and ready for the next run.
We didn’t have the help we usually do when tapping due to Covid but all of our trees are tapped and we finished walking the lines and checking for leaks this morning.
We made another batch of Maple Cream today so we have more available at the house.
We also have too many quarts, due to Covid-19 we haven’t sold as many as expected. So while supplies last we are selling them for $14 instead of the usual $16. Also you can buy a quart of syrup and a 1/2lb jar of Maple Cream for $22, normal price would be $26.
It’s the 27th of February and we are boiling for the first time this season. This is one of the few if not only years that we have boiled before we have finished tapping. The weather is supposed to get really cold over the weekend and into next week and it can cause freezing problems with our few lines that run underground so we left those untapped.
We have made a close to 10 gallons of syrup so far today although our operation had a minor hiccup after the power went out. We are running on generator power now but we can’t run everything. We decided to put this batch of syrup in drums to use for Maple Cream.
We made our first batch of Maple Cream today. It’s $10 for a 1/2 lb jar. You can pick some up at Dave’s house or we can mail you some.
Here is a video tour of our sugaring operation. It doesn’t cover every piece of the operation but it covers the important ones.
The 2018 sugaring season is under way. We have the trees all tapped, the lines walked, and we will be boiling for the first time tomorrow.
We are boiling again today. So far the season has gone well, we have made ~230 gallons of syrup. The weather looks like may be to warm this coming week and put an end to our season early. If you want to check if the sap is running at our sugar house you can go to http://mattsmaplesyrup.com/releaser/pump_times.html . The pump for our releaser tank is controlled by a micro computer and it updates the website every time the pump cycles. It allows us to monitor what is happening at our sugar house without having to drive over and physically take a look.
We are boiling for the first time today. We still haven’t made any syrup but we should by the end of the night. We go all of the trees tapped February 21st and 22nd.
We had saved some sap for this weekend so Jeremy, Karen, Meris and Attia could help with boiling. We had 3250 gallons of sap saved to boil in today. We started at around 10:00 this morning and finished at around 5:00 and made 88.5 gallons of syrup which brought our total up to 215 gallons for the year. We started out the day making Amber Rich syrup and by the end of the day it darkened to Dark Robust.