Syrup season ended early for us due to contractors on the property and outside commitments. As a result, we pulled out taps early and missed half of the season and half of the maple syrup we could have harvested.
As you probably know, maple sap is mostly water. So to get syrup, you boil off all that water. In the meantime, all that heat from boiling and all that water make the home a moist warm environment.
We have started making the sweet maple syrup.The following post talks about how I learned and became involved in this annual ritual. A video from 2018 is also attached:
I'm posting this as part of Fandango's Flashback Friday. Originally published on April 2 of last year:
Hidden in every February is the coming spring.
A botanist assured me once that even here in New England, some flower is in bloom in every month of the year.
I sealed Pint XXV shut last night, and that marked the close of another sapping season for the little sugarbush behind our house. Just a bit over three gallons of syrup, enough for family needs.This morning the dog, cat, and I went out to survey the slow opening of spring in our tiny woodland garden. …