Saturday, February 27, 2010

It's Maple Syrup Time Again

Hubby and I went out to Tollgate Farm today to tap trees for maple syrup. The sap in the maple trees flows when the temperature is in the high 30's in the daytime and below freezing at night. So we wanted to have the tubes hooked up and ready. The trees are connected by tubes to large holding tanks which are then emptied into the evaporator. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Every year new holes have to be drilled and then connected to the tubing. The snow was quite deep and when I stepped into snow that went above my boot and hit my bare leg I let out a little bit of a whoop. We drill with an electric drill and then we pound in a plastic style which is attached to the tubing.


Liz said...

Yum! I'll make the pancakes if you bring the syrup.

Gretel said...

You look pretty serious about your tapping.