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Syrup Making - February 18, 2013

February 19, 2013

Well everything was quite a success. The morning was cold and windy, and my first order was to check on the sap storage and found it all very icy. In a quick decision, I moved the containers inside to thaw as I worked on starting the fire. Quite the icehole! In no time, I had the fire going and ... (Read More)

Time to Make the Syrup

February 18, 2013

7:00 AM - The pans are washed and the firewood is ready. I have optimistically prepared bottles to hold up to two gallons of syrup. More importantly, the coffee is ready and I am layers deep in warm clothes as it is only 12 degrees to start off this early morning. During the night, I can s... (Read More)

When it Rains it Pours

February 15, 2013

You can collect a lot of sap one drop at a time when the conditions are right. All the taps are producing a great amount of crystal clear sap, and I have to collect it every day to avoid any overflows. Today I collected 21 gallons! There certainly will be a great load by Monday, but the tempera... (Read More)

More Snow and More Sap

February 14, 2013

This morning brought some snow that clung to every branch and looked beautiful in the rising sun. The clear sky made promise of another productive day, and I gathered an additional 15 gallons of sap. Based upon the weather forecast, it looks like everything is coming together to boil on Mond... (Read More)

Gubernatorial Invitation

February 14, 2013

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo just happens to live just down the street from us here in Mount Kisco, and although I have never met him, I drive by his house regularly. The Governor has been encouraging local enterprise and agriculture, so Mindy, my marketing consultant, contacted his office l... (Read More)

On Our Way

February 13, 2013

One nice feature of the blue plastic sap buckets is that they are slightly translucent, and when it’s bright, you can check their levels by just looking out the window. Well on this sunny morning, things were looking promising, so I grabbed my gathering bucket and collected around 15 gallons o... (Read More)

The Sap is Flowing!

February 12, 2013

A little bit of warm weather goes a long way, and the sap is starting to flow on many of the taps. You can see a drip, and the clear sap starting to fill this 3-gallon bucket. It won't be long now...

Too Cold to Move

February 10, 2013

Nothing much to report for the first week as the temperature has not spent any significant time above freezing. Although some of the taps have "sap-cicles", which shows that sap wants to come out, it is still too early. The forecast for the week ahead looks more promising.

The Trees Have Been Tapped!

February 3, 2013

We have started the 2013 Maple season by tapping 10 trees. The weather was crisp and clear and although the temperature was just above 32 degrees, only a few taps showed some promising drips of sap. We are looking forward to some warm daytime temperatures to coax the sap to flow.  

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