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Tree Tapping 2018

February 4, 2018

The tradition of "Tap-off before Kickoff" has occurred once again, and having teenage boys is starting to pay off. Despite the bickering about whose turn it was to drill or tap at each tree, Scott and Jonathan made quick work of setting up 15 taps and buckets. The season has begun! The tem... (Read More)

Second Boil - 2017

February 26, 2017

Another successful boil today! It's been an unseasonably strange week, without a lot of sap production, but I had a lot in storage. Saturday temperatures were in the sixties, but threatened rain, so I planned for Sunday, which barely reached 40 degrees. The boys had restacked the wood pile and cover... (Read More)

First Boil 2017

February 19, 2017

When you have over 100 gallons of sap, a day to prepare, a day to recuperate, and the temperature hitting 60 degrees, it's time to boil. Coco and I were up at sunlight, got the fire started, and were boiling sap by 7:00 AM.   Mindy and Eric stopped by early with bagels to fortify the day, a... (Read More)

Tree Tapping 2017

February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday has become the traditional date to tap the trees at Mount Kisco Maple, and this year is no different. But what was different this year, was more hands to help. My sons Jonathan and Scott, and their friend Christopher, were eager to assist in the process. Evidently children enjoy ha... (Read More)

Third and Final Boil of 2016 - March 8

March 9, 2016

It's been a mild winter, and when you wake up one day and find all your buckets full and temperatures reaching 60 degrees, it's time to boil. I like to get three boils in a season which yields a good amount of syrup to use and share, and it gets the whole process out of my system. Taking the day of... (Read More)

Second Boil of 2016 - February 27

February 28, 2016

I had another successful day boiling down 1 gallon of syrup. It was a cold morning, and with only about 50 gallons to boil, I started a bit later. Mindy, Eric, Mike, and Ray all stopped by for a bit to lend a hand and some encouragement. A big thanks to Brad for dropping off some well seasoned wood ... (Read More)

First Boil of 2016 - February 21

February 21, 2016

With temperatures in the 50s, the weekend was a perfect time to boil. I took advantage of some time on Saturday to prepare and have everything ready to go so that all I had to do was get up with the sun and light the fire. It didn't take long for some help to arrive with some breakfast treats. Th... (Read More)

Cold Snap - Good News / Bad News

February 15, 2016

The good news is that I collected over 50 gallons of sap last weekend. The bad news is that it has been so cold that everthing is frozen. The good news is that the sap will be preserved until I am ready to boil, which based up the forecast, might be this weekend. Last year we didn't thaw out until m... (Read More)

Maple Season 2016 - The Trees are Tapped

February 6, 2016

The calendar and temperature confirmed that it was time to tap. The temperature is dropping below freezing during the night and above during the day, which is the right condition for good sap flow. (How Maple Syrup is Made). With a busy weekend schedule, I tapped 15 trees without much ceremony, a... (Read More)

3rd Boil - March 29th

March 30, 2015

Sunday was definitely the better choice of weekend days for another boil. Saturday was cold and snow flurried all day. Sunday started in the 20s, but the sun remained in the clear blue sky and the temperature rose into the 40s. I had accumulated about 75 gallons of sap and got the operation started ... (Read More)

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